Emotional Wellness

20 Tips For Living A Better Life

Adrian Wesley | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

I sat down this morning to write out the top 20 things I have learned in my life so far, but after writing down four items, I started to cry deep, intense tears. I released the emotion and it felt amazing. Writing this blog reminded me of the pain and suffering I had endured to awaken to this wisdom. This is my gift to you. Here are my top 20 tips for living a better life.

5 Simple Steps to Chilling in the Heat

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

When summer finally arrives we actually need to find ways to center ourselves and chill out in the heat. It is not unusual to be in the midst of a fabulous beach moment with the sun shining down on you and struggling to be in that moment. Here are some simple mindfulness tools that can assist you in chilling out this summer.

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Having spent 15 years studying these alternative medicine techniques I clearly see how the body can be receptive to such suggestions. It is more than just positive thinking. Having done this type of work to heal myself and having helped many others, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a journey.

What Does Modern Masculinity Look Like?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Since the feminist movement, women have openly discussed and debated what it means to be female. This multi-decade dialogue has led to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of womanhood, and what it means to grow and develop as a multi-faceted woman. A similar dialogue between men about the nuanced intricacies of malehood has been slower to develop.

Stop Scheduling and Start Enjoying Life

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

If you are constantly monitoring and managing your time, you'll limit the ability of your special gift to come through. In your effort to control, your creativity will be stifled, and you'll do what you think you should, as opposed to allowing your true talent to emerge. The expectation of security that comes from controlling time actually limits your potential.

How Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.

The Dangers of a Widening Gulf Between Your Heart and Mind

Elan Divon | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Learning is not just about retaining knowledge, it's about understanding how to relate that knowledge to other people in a meaningful way. And you can't do that if you are distracted, stressed or lack emotional intelligence.

It's True, Love Is a Drug

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

It's the month of love. Valentine's Day on the 14th marks the half-way point in the shortest month of the year.  Spring is around the corner, and mo...

Go Ahead, Have a Breakdown. Repeat If Necessary

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

A word to the wise: one cannot scale the side of a mountain while sobbing uncontrollably. You need your breath for the exertion. You can climb or you can cry. Not both. I soon realized I didn't need to compose myself and carry on. What I needed to do was to stop and let myself have a big fat embarrassing breakdown.

Why We Need to Break the Silence on Eating Disorders

Andrew Boozary | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Boozary

Are we doing enough about an illness that is silently eating away at both a mother and daughter? Twenty years ago, People Magazine headlined one of their covers with, "Princess Di: Struggle with Bulimia Brings a Puzzling Disease Out of the Shadows." Eating disorders still remain a private battle for millions of young women, and the faces of those affected are changing. We'd be downright wrong to frame it as a "rich, white girl's disease." How do you capture the cost of subjecting millions of women to calorie counting or religious scale stepping?

Giving to Others Is a Gift to Yourself

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Betty Ann Heggie

Giving detaches us from our obsessive thinking about ourselves. It breaks down loneliness by creating a human connection. Giving and happiness feed one another -- both are intertwined. Giving to others is a gift to yourself.

How to Tell If You're an Emotional Eater

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Most of us can relate to feeling sad or moody, and having a piece of chocolate as a pick-me-up. Many of us do this because we may be blissfully distant or unaware of our emotions. Below, I will describe the difference between emotional eating and physiological eating. Here are some tell-tale signs that we are emotionally eating.

Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

I believe that most of us would rather be in a 'good' (positive) mood, and we'd rather be working with people who are in a good mood too. Stress, overwhelming workloads, and the constant connection to technology seemingly required to function these days can cause the most calm of us to feel tense and anxious in short order. And that is costing us -- big time.  

How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

As young as Grade 3, kids are under pressure to wear the right clothes, like the right music, have the right friends and be cool. Often, that leads to stress and anxiety for youngsters. Well-intentioned parents often try too hard to prevent the bumps and scrapes of feelings as kids grow up, but one parenting expert says they're doing more harm than good.

What Kind of Facebook Personality Are You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

A recent study says that Facebook may undermine your well-being. Your own Facebook activity may offer clues about your mental health. Are you a dumper? A chronic comparer? A spinner? Read on to see which Facebook profile you fit.

Five Playlists That Will Get You Through Anything

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music
Sarah Vermunt

A period of major change in one's life often provokes fear or anger, before making way for angst, uncertainty, and melancholy. And then, eventually, a more buoyant feeling of hope, optimism, and happiness. I have playlists of my own to help me through the change cycle -- for each stage.

On the Verge of a Breakdown? Do This

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have had two breakdowns -- one after the end of my marriage, and a second one of the career/identity variety. Based on my experience from the first, I handled the second one differently. I fought the first one. Hard.

The Lives We Present Online Aren't Always What They Seem

Erica Berman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Those friends of yours who appear to have the perfect marriage may post gorgeous photos of their weekend in Montreal, but they are not going to post updates about their massive debts or the fight they had last night about how to manage them. That colleague who just posted the ultrasound photo of her first child may not have tweeted about the three miscarriages she had prior to its conception.

10 Ways To Boost Your Self-Esteem Right Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Living

We're already into the second month of the year, and there are more than a few of us who'd just love to skip this one out because of two little words:...

The 12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Intellect can be measured by standardized IQ tests, but there's no actual measure of what I call the "EQ," or Emotional Quotient. Practicing the following elements will enable you to boost your EQ and improve your life.