Self Help

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

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.

15 Things I Learned By The Age Of 30

Todd Hauptman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

As I approach 30 at the end of June, I am thankful. So thankful. I should have died at the age of 23 following three massive seizures due to failing kidneys. As I approach the fourth decade of my life, I can't help reflecting on the things I've learned so far. Whenever we are about to celebrate a milestone birthday, many of us become reflective on the decade that we are about to close the chapter on.

9 Ways To Form Your Personal Board Of Directors

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

I have a group of women in my life who can draw on their personal and professional expertise to advise me on everything from decorating to divorce law to the DSM-5. In turn, I'm the go-to person on moving, critical thinking, and how to source a vintage designer bag. I've found that it's so much easier to "do life together" and draw on each other's experience, than for each of us to try to master everything on our own.

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.

17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Some people are just lucky and their productivity comes naturally. The rest of us can learn their secrets and discover, for ourselves, that amazing state of flow.

12 Ways To Be Your Best Self And Live Your Best Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Living your best life means maximizing the possibilities for happiness and success in six key areas: career, creativity, leisure activities, relationships, spirituality and wellness.

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?

How To Move Without Losing Your Mind

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

I'm currently in the middle of moving house. I've moved six times in eight years and, people, it never gets easier. There is something about putting all of your earthly possessions into boxes that is spiritually draining. And don't get me started on the soul-destroying nature of switching over one's internet.

Teach Kids These Breathing Techniques To Control Big Emotions

Tania DaSilva | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tania DaSilva

When you teach your child "calm breathing," you are using a technique that works to slow down his/her breathing, combating upset, stressed and anxious feelings. Teaching a child to use calm breathing to regulate their emotions is important because it shows them how to change their breathing to minimize the effects of their emotions.

6 Ways To Influence Decision Makers

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

There comes a point in your career when you may want to flex your persuasive muscle, it could be the quest for a promotion or establishing your public brand. Whether you're a student or a senior level executive, competition is fierce and there's never been a greater time to get noticed and be heard.

A Letter To Everyone Who's Freaked Out By Climate Change

Hannah Alper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

You know what? I'm freaked out about it, too. This is such a big issue in the world and it's easy to freak out about it. Deeply caring about this and wanting to do something to help is the first step in making a difference. So, let me start off by saying you're already making a difference because you care.

Motivation And Reflection Can Come From Unexpected Sources

Judy Mann | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Judy Mann

Who hasn't looked at their fortune in their fortune cookie and thought, "Yes, that's exactly what I needed to read today!" Or you see a tweet that gets you going when the going is tough.

How To Receive Feedback That Empowers You At Work

Judy Mann | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Wherever it comes from, whomever it comes from, we have to believe that the feedback is coming from a good place to help us be the best that we can be. Even in times of challenging, difficult-to-hear feedback, there are messages that need to be heard and understood.

Is Your Job Making You Sick? Listen To Your Body

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Think of all of the crap that is going on with your physical health, especially any recurring issues. Only you and your doctor can determine what might be causing these symptoms. But if you have an unresolved chronic issue, or recurring health issues, or multiple health issues, it's possible that some of that is rooted in some neglected stress. Don't you think?

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."

10 Tips For Surviving Valentine's Day While Single

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Being single on Valentine's Day can be rough stuff. Since this is the time of year when the world conspires to tell you that there is something wrong with you if you are not happily paired, it may be tough to keep your spirits high. If you find yourself less-than-happily single, here are ten ways you can make Valentine's Day a little better this year, from someone who knows what she's talking about.

5 Ways To Be Happier In Our Upside-Down World

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Today's topsy-turvy world has us all running madly in every direction. We often feel overwhelmed with what's before us -- and that is, even, before our feet hit the floor in the morning. We are losing our joie de vivre; there is precious little fun and almost non-existent downtime in our lives today.

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.

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Erica Berman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?

12 Questions To Reflect Upon As You Start A New Year

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

The end of the year marks a threshold and invites a pause for reflection. It's a great time to take stock of the year behind and look ahead. Each year at this time, I write and reflect on 12 reflection questions for this very purpose.

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.

What Successful People Do That Most Don't

Amanda Sparks | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Amanda Sparks

Successful people don't live in the past. We learn from our past mistakes. But to dwell on them keeps us from moving forward. We need to focus on who we want to be not who we were.

Top 6 Life Lessons From The Great Beyond

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.

Dear Courageous Soul, Read This When You Need To Be Brave

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

Fear is a natural part of being alive. No matter how many mountains you climb, how many stages you perform on, how old and wise you become; there's always going to be something new. Something uncertain. Something that scares the shit out of you.