Self Esteem

A Throwback Swimsuit Photo Is Inspiring Women To Find Self-Love

HuffPost Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 05.25.2017 | Canada Style

Rachel Spencer shared a bikini photo of herself when she was 13. And 26.

Can We Stop It With The Shaming?

Leviana Coccia | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Living
Leviana Coccia

I've lived a large part of my life hating food and coping with self-doubt and self-hate by restricting or overeating, because I wanted to be liked (by myself, I've now realized, and others). This stemmed from years of being fat-shamed. I thought the skinnier I got, the more people would like me.

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.

My Favourite Things: The Spring Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.

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.

Overcome Your Shyness To Work The Room Like A Seasoned Schmoozer

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Are you shy in social situations? Do you get nervous about the thought of attending a professional social situation where you don't know anyone? You may never love entering a room and not knowing a soul, but at least you are willing to do something about it!

10 Ways To Love Yourself Unconditionally

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Living

These tips will help you move towards self-acceptance, wherever you’re starting from.

Have A Plan And Make Bad Habits Utterly Inconvenient

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

To lose weight, help lower blood pressure, improve energy or decrease anxiety, you need to change your preferences - your daily habits - so that more often than not you are making healthy choices. You need to be consistently healthier. It sounds obvious, but consistency falls into the life category of "simple, but not easy."

Spoiling Your Teen Is Ruining Their Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

With Family Day fresh in my mind, I've been thinking about the way some teenagers are growing up these days. I see these kids all over. They're angry and frustrated, miserable and lost, and it's mainly the fault of their parents who've been letting them down.

What Happens To The Children Of Extreme Narcissists?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

I recently wrote a post about who marries an extreme narcissist. Now, I'm going to talk about what happens to the children of extreme narcissists. In my practice as a psychiatrist, I've encountered many such children and they've all been adversely affected by having one or both parents with this personality type.

It's Time To Stop Telling Young Boys To 'Man Up'

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Parents

It's a damaging term.

Trolling On Social Media

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada
Jessica Gerlock

Photo Cred: Karolina Grabowska The term "trolling" in today's generation refers to complete strangers writing offensive online posts with the purpos...

How To Create A Health Strategy For Long-Term Results

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Are you constantly on and off your fitness horse? Instead of getting back on and hoping for different results, rethink your strategy. Ask yourself, "What has and has not worked in the past?" Pinpoint the valuable lessons and work to reproduce successful approaches. Abandon anything else.

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.

What Is The Link Between Tinder And Mental Health?

Robert Whitley | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Living
Robert Whitley

Tinder exposes users to considerable rejection. As a consequence, some users may begin to question their physical appearance, their online conversational skills, and the general integrity of the opposite sex. Some may doubt themselves and their value to others, leading to undue self-monitoring for perceived flaws and defects.

You Are Great And Here Are 3 Things You Can Do To Feel Greater

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Style

Remember that sweater you feel great in? It's time to get reacquainted.

Women In Leadership Share Thoughts On The IT World

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Business
Christine E. Laprade

The information technology industry is one of America's most thriving sectors, according to a plethora of industry experts. It's actually one of the m...

Finding Happiness Through Self-Expression

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

I recently read a heart-wrenching essay in The Globe and Mail's Facts and Arguments section. It's about a woman named Sally who is going through a difficult emotional time and questioning the universe while having a spa day. Her turmoil was palpable, her angst was raw, and her self-doubt was heart-wrenching.

Free Your Life And Career From The Cycle Of Emotional Blackmail

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

The people who use emotional blackmail are doing so because it works. They rely on our negative emotions where we turn off our logic. People who use emotional blackmail are also adept at punishing you if you try and play their game.

When The Mirror Lies: My Battle With Anorexia

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Burgess

In retrospect, I can say that on some level, I saw what was happening to me. I was just truly powerless to stop it. That's not to say I wasn't in control. No, each hunger pang I endured proved I was in control. Each starving hour that passed between four o'clock and bedtime made me feel focused, disciplined. It was all the fuel I needed to resist another meal. The truth is, anorexics feel a lack of control in their lives, so they take control of one aspect -- food. Alas, this illusion of control can only last so long.

Fat Shaming Completely Misses The Actual Issue

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity is now officially called a disease. But people who are afflicted by it are not treated like other patients who, for example, have cancer or heart disease. Presumably, they brought their ailments upon themselves -- by their self-indulging, undisciplined and irresponsible behavior. That makes them easy prey.

Do They Know They're Being Aggressive?

Monique Caissie | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

I'm currently taking a refresher course on dealing with aggressiveness in someone we want to have a relationship with. When someone tells me that they...

A Positive Mindset Helped Me Lose Over Half My Body Weight

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I was verbally bullied about my weight throughout school. The weight started increasing exponentially while I was in high school. That is when it started impacting my moods and the way I looked at life... I did not want to be around my friends and I started isolating myself. I became physically sick with stomach problems, mentally sick and looked down upon myself. I hit rock bottom.

I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke Survivor

Dina Pestonji | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.

After Nearly 20 Years, I've Realized There's No Such Thing As 'Bad' Hair

Kayla Greaves | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Style
Kayla Greaves

When it comes to black people, our hair, just like our skin tones, aren't a one type fits all kind of deal. And for far too long, in both our homes and in our communities, we've allowed hair discrimination to affect ourselves, and our future generations in more harmful ways than we think.