Self Awareness

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Helped Me Slay My Personal Demons

Sarah van den Berg | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah van den Berg

There's been an incredible shift in the way I see myself. Having recently committed to pursuing training as a life coach, I've become obsessed with the nuances of the human condition and the monsters we have the potential to become in our attacks on others, but perhaps even more frightening and universal, in the attacks on ourselves.

We Need To Be Able To Question Our Own Opinions

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Is it any wonder why evil individuals see themselves as doing good? Once they have an opinion, they can argue that it is even wrong to question such an opinion so they must be good. The fact is that such inflexibility can also lock someone into defending generally positive opinions in a dangerously rigid manner.

Great Leaders Balance Masculine Traits With Feminine Wisdom

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

From birth men are fed messages that set them up to have unrealistic expectations of themselves. They are conditioned to believe that if they become the ultimate model of powerful masculinity, they will be rewarded with more sex, salary and status. This programming results in disappointment, confusion and frustration.

How To Cultivate Confidence

Gillian Mandich | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Cultivating confidence in the face of a challenge is one of the most important things we can do to create a fit mind and body. Having confidence is like having a silent superpower that plays a key role in success.

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

When The Little Voice In Your Head Isn't Helping

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

Mostly, your subconscious is an obliging, industrious little helper that has your best interests at heart. It really wants to be of assistance, busily...

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.

3 Ways To Build Stronger Friendships

Jude Saqer | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
Jude Saqer

Sometimes we, as strong and independent individuals, want to believe that we can face the storm single-handedly, but having supportive friends makes all the difference. As Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and a strong advocate of women's leadership, says, we are more effective and productive once we have a support group.

Healthy Boundaries: Avoiding Burnout And Learning To Say No

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Learning when to say "no" can be the greatest gift in your life. Because when you say "yes" to people or projects in order to not lose respect in peo...

It Is Time To Spring Clean Your Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

This year consider giving your whole life a thorough clean. Out with the old and in with the new. Think carefully about what you like and don't like about your life. Take some time and challenge yourself... What is working? What is not working?

The Difference Between Following Your Heart And Trusting Your Gut

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

At first glance, you might think that "following your heart" and "trusting your gut" are similar. They're both about listening to your intuition, right? It depends. I think our heart -- and, by that, I mean our desires and hopes -- can definitely help us become more intuitive and make an intuitive decision or choice.

Overhauling The Helping Profession: A Guide To Good Counselling

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

It is my belief that good counselling can provide a much-needed service in our modern world, but therapy needs to grow and adapt with the times. We have a society filled with very busy, potentially stressed people who want concrete results and some who still fear being stigmatized by seeking therapy or having to go to the "head shrinker."

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

The Struggle Is Real, Until You Learn Acceptance

Sharon Stokes | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Stokes

I recently went on a trip to Sedona, Arizona. My intention was to recharge, regroup and refocus. I had been going non-stop launching a new full-time career as an entrepreneur and I craved reconnecting with myself away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Running From Trauma Led Me To A Life Of Advocacy

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For my entire life, I've been on the run -- at first it was as a child, "running away" from the violent and daily physical abuse that took place behind closed doors in my home. From that moment onward, I kept everything inside of me, and around me, off in the distance. And thus began many years of escape that came in the form of a destructive alcohol and drug addiction.

Those Fake Selfie Smiles Hurt More Than You Think

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

We're used to having multiple faces -- at work, at home, or with our friends. Now there's a chance to have a social media version of ourselves. The pressure to present the best version of ourselves is creating new types of problems for the mental health of the society.

Embarrassment Almost Cost Me My Life

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

I hug an acquaintance, start catching up and then I start coughing. I take a sip of my wine but the mucus in my throat seems to get thicker. Cough. Cough. Wheeze. Cough. Some people are looking at me. Oh, how embarrassing. Deciding to catch my breath privately, I leave and head down the hall looking for a ladies' room while digging for my asthma puffer. Hmm, there's a distinct wheeze. It's OK. One good inhalation of this puffer is all I ever need. Uh oh. There's a problem. I can't inhale now.

3 Ways to Overcome the Fears That Foil True Love

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

People often ask us, "What's the one thing you have to do to find the right partner after having experienced a major heartbreak?" Our unequivocal answer is: Overcome fear. It's the one critical factor that gets in the way of individuals venturing on the romantic recovery path.

How Would You Define Yourself in 5 Words?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Our personal brand evolves with us. This is why it's important to continually check in and re-evaluate how we define it. For me, I know I need to take stock again when my gut instinct tells me I am growing and changing. Lately, I have found myself feeling a bit antsy, and I thought revisiting my Five I AMs might help reset my priorities.

How to Prevent Sabotaging Your Own Fitness Goals

Mandy Gill | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy Gill

Have you ever wondered how empowering it would feel to make a commitment to yourself in fitness and/or nutrition and fully follow through with it? Forget resolutions, forget starting Monday. You are fully capable of becoming fitter, faster, losing weight, gaining weight, running a half-marathon.

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

It's Time to Embrace Our Individuality and Love the Woman in the Mirror

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

We women face unnecessary scrutiny regarding our bodies. Those who weight-shame will often use the excuse that they are just concerned about our health; but rather, it stems from paternal, controlling judgement. We need to love the woman in the mirror, to embrace our individuality and celebrate our unique selves.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

YouTube Stars Cheer On Their Younger Selves In Empowering New Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living

Imagine your teenage self. You’re feeling awkward in your changing body, anxious about grades and confused by the world of dating. You’re uncertai...

Why I'm Making 2015 All About 365 Days of Me

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

In summary, the year of fun ended in a drained bank account, a broken heart, and feeling slightly beaten down. Although the ending sounds like a massive Debbie Downer (insert wa wa wahhh sound effect), reflecting back it was an epic year and I wouldn't have changed a thing! With last year's lessons in mind, I'm embarking on this year's proclamation.