I left my psychologist's couch three years ago, feeling bitter and yet relieved. "You don't have OCD," she says, "everyone has these compulsions, I wouldn't worry." And yet I was worried. As I've gotten older, the triggers have gotten worse: homework, deadlines, boyfriends, grades, lack of sleep, insomnia over quarter life crises -- you name it.
The health sector appears to be lagging in the adoption of this kind of technological innovation despite the fact that information technology and smartphones are an integral part of our daily lives. The benefits of leveraging technological advances in the health world seem abundantly clear yet Canada continues to lag behind many countries.
What do menstrual cramps, hot flashes, one bowel movement every three days and heartburn have in common? They are all symptoms we would classify as common, but none of them are normal. Taking control of one's health means eating well, exercising and sleeping sufficiently -- but also listening to your body.
I don't know conclusively whether you will live longer because you chose to exercise, eat well or manage your stress in an effective manner. I am certain of one thing however, healthy lifestyle choices are likely to leave your cup in a stronger position to handle the unexpected stressors and well-placed indulgences that we all tend to scoop up along the way.
With chronic illness being linked more and more to diet, lifestyle and environmental factors, now is the time to reevaluate your current healthcare pl...