#Mindfulness

I've Stopped Searching For Self-Love At The Bottom Of A Bottle

Andrea Scoretz | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Living
Andrea Scoretz

The main problem I faced was a distorted belief system. I felt that love came with accomplishments and accolades. I didn't believe that I was good enough to love as is. When love is missing, a lot of negative stuff comes out of the woodwork: anger, resentment, fear, jealousy.

How To Teach Your Child To Live In The Moment

HuffPost Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Parents

They'll reap so many benefits.

Mental Health Literacy Can Potentially Save Lives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We should be talking about brain health the same way we do, say, heart health. In school, we're taught about heart disease and stroke, and how healthy eating and exercise can help us combat and prevent these diseases. And that's very important, but we should be doing the same when it comes to mental health.

How To Think Yourself Healthy

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

There is nothing magic about eating right, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, or managing stress. We all know that those are crucial elements of a health-promoting lifestyle. So why are so many of us seemingly unable to make them a reality? As some experts suggest, it may all be a matter of thinking styles, of getting into the right mindset.

3 Pathways To Develop Self-Compassion

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada
Deri Latimer

I am in a course on "Mindful Self-Compassion". I wish you could be there with me. After the very first session, I noticed a shift...I felt softer, I ...

The Key To Long-Term Fitness Success Is Leaning Into The 'Fall'

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.

Video Games Helped Me Level Up My Mental Health

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

As I got older -- I played different games. They helped me learn to solve complex puzzles, have someone to connect with and talk to through the game's chat, and created a community that allowed me to be myself. Of course -- like with every community -- there were bullies, predators, and all around terrible people. But you can find them, block them and keep going.

Don't Give Up On Truly Smaller Classes For Ontario Students

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Ingrid Bergman

As a mother and as a teacher, I am saddened that the vast majority of members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario voted to ratify the 2017-2019 extension agreement instead of fighting for truly smaller class sizes.

Worried That Your Teen's Stressed? You're Probably Right

Linda Simpson | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

The question is - as parents, how do we teach our children effective stress management tools? My philosophy has always been "begin at the beginning." Ask your child to identify how they know they are feeling stressed.

Why I Look At This Picture Of Myself Whenever I Feel Down

Dina Pestonji | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

My sister Yasmin took this picture on Jan 7, 2013. It was after my six-hour long emergency brain surgery. No one knew if I would wake up, but she took this picture. After months of living in the hospital and doing more weeks of therapy that I can count, I did recover from having a stroke and brain surgery.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy And Mindfulness Can Help Kids With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

The child with ASD must learn to identify a broad range of emotions and corresponding facial and body expressions, then encouraged to tune into their bodies and rate the intensity of their emotion using a "feelings thermometer." We feel what we feel. Although our emotions are always valid, our thoughts about a given situation are often skewed and in need of revision.

I Needed A Lifestyle Change, Not A Diet

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I went to a bunch of professionals and they would give me diets that include lots of vegetables, lot of salads and stuff that I just wouldn't eat. My mentality was why eat something, if I don't enjoy it? What is the point to that? So as I have done with most of my life decisions, I did it MY way.

8 Ways To Lead A Grateful And Healthy LIfe

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Gratitude is a state of feeling grateful towards something or someone, and it comes from the Latin word "gratus," which mean pleasing, agreeable and thankful -- so to be grateful is to be filled with thanks.

Genius School Replaces Detention With Meditation

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Parents

And it's working wonders.

'Healthy Work Lunches' Aren't Just A Myth

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In my years of nutrition counselling, I have noticed that lunch often seems to be the forgotten meal. People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dinner is almost always the biggest meal of the day. But what about lunch? Lunch should make up almost one-third of your daily nutrition intake -- shouldn't that be important?

Know The Difference Between Feeling Anxious And Anxiety Disorder

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

We all feel worried or anxious at times; that's what makes us human. Anxiety can be a healthy internal warning system for us to pay attention to something important. It's our body's way of signalling to us that something matters and needs to be done.

EQ Over IQ, Says Scorpion Genius Walter O'Brien

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've often wondered how high-IQ individuals feel about the increasing importance placed on emotional intelligence (EQ). Over the past three decades, w...

Leaving Judgements Behind Makes Us More Mindful Eaters

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Shahzadi Devje

Mindless eating can lead to weight issues, ill-health, and an unhealthy relationship with our body and food. Such absent-minded eating habits prevent our brains from capturing the memory of what we ate. We continue to eat more throughout the day in search for the satisfaction-factor. What's the solution?

Make Health Decisions As If You Were Making Them For A Loved One

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen Trotter

Get rid of your destructive internal dialogue. You wouldn't let your best friend or child talk badly about their body and self-worth; why is it okay for you to berate yourself? Obviously be honest. Don't tell yourself you are making healthy choices if you're not, but don't metaphorically flog yourself with unproductive self-hate.

12 Easy Ways To Simplify Your Kid's Childhood

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer shares how to slow down our families.

5 Tips For A Happier State Of Mind

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and her...

Welcome To The Island Of Beautiful People

Natalie Karneef | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Natalie Karneef

Canggu is a visually stunning paradise where rice paddies meet ocean. Like most of Bali, it is full of kindness, and very relaxed. Out on the roads, cars, trucks, buses and scooters press up against each other, snaking through black exhaust in an unhurried manner, everyone just emanating this "we'll get there eventually" vibe.

Existential Angst And A Cup Of Coffee

Emily Klassen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada
Emily Klassen

Life, Goals, a Good Cup of Coffee "No amount of security Is worth the suffering Of a mediocre life chained To a routine that has Killed your dreams."...

The Power Of Knowing What Makes You Smile

Dina Pestonji | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

Next time that you feel your mind is going towards a negative path -- think about what makes you smile which will help put the negative thoughts in perspective. Take a walk, go to your favorite coffee shop around the corner, call your best friend or look at pictures of your dog on your phone.

4 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Be Happy

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

You may not think that science has ventured into just how we acquire the old "syrup of yahoo," but it has. You may also think that what makes people happy differs greatly from one person to the next, but we are surprisingly homogeneous in our tastes. If you're not making the most out of every day, here's some proven ways to motivate more mirth.