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Be Kind to Yourself

New research is supporting a link between being kind to oneself and improvement in mental and physical health. When faced with the life stressors, the voice in our head can be our greatest ally or our worst enemy. A study by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford has proposed that kind inner thoughts actually shut off the body’s threat system, allowing a person to overcome obstacles by feeling less stressed and anxious. A good reminder for all of us to add a little more “self love” in our life. Check out the full link here.

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Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the beginning of the year once again. Have you made any new year’s resolutions to celebrate? Maybe you feel those types of resolutions are pointless. The truth is, no matter what the time of year, unless resolutions are made with realistic expectations and honest commitment they most likely won’t pan out. Make a different… Continue Reading

Christmas and Mental Health

With the Christmas season approaching fast, it may feel overwhelming for those with so much to do and so little time. It is even more stressful for those with mental health concerns. Take some time this month to engage in good mental health practices such as taking breaks, eating right, exercising, and getting enough rest.… Continue Reading

Mental Health and the Legalization of Marijuana

Canada’s new policy on legal marijuana may be a historic change for our country, but what does that mean for our mental health? Throughout the legalization process there has been an outpouring of questions and concerns, and the discussion surrounding its affect on mental health has been no exception. In an article from the Canadian… Continue Reading

Technology: How much is too much?

As the back to school time begins, it may also be a time for parents to reflect upon their kids usage of screen time. How much is too much? Can it lead to mental health issues? A recent longitudinal cohort study sheds some light on these questions. This school year may be a good opportunity… Continue Reading

7 Ways To Reprogram Self-Defeating Thoughts

Outlined in the article, 7 Ways To Reprogram Self-Defeating Thoughts are key strategies to overcoming negative thought patterns that can hold you back from feeling capable and confident.  Knowing these insights are great starting points when working to overcome perpetuating self-defeat. Another great strategy is to seek out counselling support. Mental Health professionals can provide you with… Continue Reading

OCD Stories

Most of us have heard of the mental health disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For those that need a refresher, the National Health Institute defines it as: “A common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat… Continue Reading

12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Each night, getting to bed is a vital part of our daily routine. Most sources suggest that adults should get about 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but what if it feels difficult to get that rest in the first place? Check out these 12 Steps to help make falling to sleep easier. Intentionally following these… Continue Reading

Moving towards Mindfulness

In our fast-paced world of stress and stimulation, it’s no surprise that we have been seeing a growing shift towards the act of mindfulness.  “Mindfulness is non-judgmental, open-hearted, friendly, and inviting of whatever arises in awareness. It is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either… Continue Reading

Staying Social to Keep Healthy

It’s no surprise that having a good social network is a great asset in feeling good and maintaining a genuine sense of well-being. Perhaps this notion runs deeper than we thought. The idea of being “sociable” to increase your mental and physical health may intimidate those of us who would rather stay in on a… Continue Reading

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