Self Esteem

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.

Why Can't We Be Comfortable In Our Makeup-Free Skin?

Amrita Sandhu | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Amrita Sandhu

What is it about about being able to change our entire appearance within about fifteen minutes that isn't the healthiest of things for us? When does it become detrimental to our mental well-being and self-esteem to be too reliant on constantly making ourselves over?

Help Teens Accept Themselves And Their Bodies In 2016

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

By helping their children recognize their inner qualities and focusing on their accomplishments, parents help to teach kids that what is really important about them has nothing to do with their size, shape, or weight. This creates an environment that promotes self-acceptance and positive self-esteem.

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.

I'm Finding My Voice After Experiencing Social Media Anxiety

Tyler Keating | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Tyler Keating

There have been countless times in 2015 that I've wanted to post something and didn't bother. Occasionally these posts can be found in my drafts but most often they are deleted. Why do I let this happen? Surely someone must care for what I have to say? But then I think again.

Your Approval Hang-Up Is Killing Your Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Imagine that you didn't have to take flak from anyone, disappoint anyone, or impress anyone. Or pretend that everyone was so concerned with his or her own business that they wouldn't pay any notice to your own career choices. What would you choose if nobody was looking?

Teens Should Start Planning Their Futures Early

Maria Boublil | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Maria Boublil

Postsecondary institutions of all sizes are offering more and more new programs in an effort to stay relevant and attract students. Although this presents wonderful opportunities for students, it also adds to the confusion and complexity of these decisions.

It's Time We Kick Our Addiction To Validation

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

The worst addiction in the world is validation. This obsession begins at a very young age. Being accepted and approved by others becomes more important to us than being fulfilled. To be fulfilled, you have to listen to your own inner desires and live according to your truth.

The Only New Year's Resolution You Need Is To Love Yourself More

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

If you want to have a better 2016, hold off on making New Year's resolutions and just focus on self-love. Identify and let go of the negative stories about yourself that you've been walking around with; see yourself as someone with infinite potential and recognize that there's really nothing to stop you from pursuing your goals.

3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And Overachievers

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Perfectionism is a BEAST. So are its cousins, approval-seeking and overachieving. If you've ever struggled with these issues, you know they wreak havoc on your career and your personal life. Armed with love, understanding, these books will help you chill the heck out so you can have a happier life.

Why Is She Agonizing About The Size?

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

What is part of her body causes the most shame, crashes her confidence, and ultimately takes her mind of from indulging pleasure?It's her vulva. Vulva is what most of you keep calling vagina; it consists of the external genital organs. So many women are in agony worrying that their inner lips might be too big or too small.

3 Secrets to Managing a Boss Who Yells

Monique Caissie | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Larry shouted at me for a file. He was neither polite nor was his volume appropriate. I calmly and deliberately brought him the wrong file. He had a temper tantrum. Yup, just like a three-year-old. I let him rage and when he stopped for a breath, I calmly and firmly said, "I cannot hear what you need when you scream at me like that."

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

Have a Strategy for Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Anyone who works with other people has had to deal with a difficult co-worker at some point in their career. Whether it's the office brown-noser; the office gossip; the person who steals your ideas and claims them as their own; or the jealous and competitive colleague who tries to sabotage your success -- the most important thing to realize when dealing with people like this is that it's not about you.

Don't Use Camouflage When Hunting for a Relationship

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

Starting a relationship without exposing our true selves is venturing into dangerous territory -- like walking in a minefield and knowing we could trigger an explosion with every step. Many of us have experienced or witnessed such an explosion before -- a couple seems to be getting along just fine until one day, out of the blue, one party calls it quits.

A Dietitian's Response to Nicole Arbour's 'Dear Fat People'

Abby Langer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Last week, a self-proclaimed 'comedian' from Canada posted a video rant to YouTube titled "Dear Fat People." I had the dubious pleasure of seeing it in its entirety, and it was really really hard to watch -- not only because of the sheer cruelty spewing from this woman's mouth, but also because I felt embarrassed for her thinking she was being 'helpful' to overweight people.

These Young Women Take The Award For Best #SelfAcceptanceSpeech

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Style

"The best acceptance speeches are the ones we give ourselves."

Making Time for Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

As someone who runs a business in Toronto and in New York, I divide my time equally between both cities. I am constantly stretched for time. I want to be there for everyone, but if I am, then I'm literally running on overdrive. When you work a high stakes job, it's imperative to make time for yourself.

Why You Should Stop Telling Me to Find Someone

Arlene Dickinson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Arlene Dickinson

I can't imagine I am the only woman over 50, not married or in a serious relationship, that has been told by some well meaning friend that It would be so good for me to find someone. Find someone? Is there a specific spot I should look? Is there a lost and found pile I can dig through to see if someone in there belongs to me?

4 Ways to Build Self-Confidence and Boost Your Performance

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.

You Already Have the Perfect Beach Body

Erin Treloar | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Erin Treloar

When I stand in the changing room of the bathing suit store I feel a sense of panic wash over me. Why does my cellulite seem so much more obvious in here? Are those stretch marks getting bigger? How did 20 new moles suddenly appear all over my body?

I Overcame My Body Loathing and Bought a Bikini

Brandee Foster | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Brandee Foster

Imagine a world where we didn't live our lives according to what the haters said? If we were comfortable to be free and confident in our own skin? I am not my tummy, or my stretch marks or any of my other flaws, rather, they are a part of me.

Get Rid of Your Inner Bully

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

There's a lot of bullying going on these days. We find it in schools, in the workplace and on-line. There's one form of bullying that rarely gets talked about though, and it's creating a lot of misery. I'm talking about self-bullying.

Status Update: You're A Narcissist

Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living

You may want to think twice before hitting the update button on your next Facebook post. You might come across a little narcissistic. That’s accordi...

What Provokes Us to Be Mean to Nice People?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Every human being has occasional dark thoughts, feelings and urges. Most of us can contain these, most of the time. Now and then, our dark side is provoked a bit more strongly, and we end up being not so nice. What provokes the shadow side of our personality to come out?