Stress Reduction

Why Love Can Make Us Live Longer

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Love may not be all you need, but a loving relationship offers countless benefits and can even be a lifesaver. Loving someone and being loved in return does not only make us happier, it also motivates us to take better care of our health, reduces our stress, and can extend our lifespan.

Stressed Out? You Could Be Reducing Pregnancy Chances

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living

A couple trying to conceive can face a lot of stress, particularly if complications arise. Yet can stress affect the ability to conceive? A new study ...

Sometimes Doing Nothing Is Doing Everything

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I recognized that I was like a mouse spinning on a wheel -- I was speeding through my day, but not really getting anywhere. I needed to cultivate the awareness to bring my attention back to what was most important. I thought I would share with you my strategies for slowing down the the runaway train that often is my life.

How to Use Personal 'Airbags' to Create Space in Daily Life

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Thomas Gelmi

A while ago, I had the opportunity to witness the demonstration of an avalanche airbag. The space created by the airbag can save lives in a situation that would otherwise bear the imminent risk of suffocation. I was immediately aware of the symbolism: Metaphorically speaking, our packed days and weeks are like avalanches, rolling over our heads and burying us underneath them. As in a real avalanche, the key lays in creating space.

Is This Libido Killer Ruining Your Sex Life?

Petra Zebroff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

Higher stress levels are linked to more disagreements with lovers, an erotic deterrent of the highest level. In fact, in order to engage with another person on any intimate level we need to perceive enough safety. This safety helps us feel sexual arousal and bonding with our partner due to the release of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.

How to Handle Your First-World Hissyfits

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Sarah Vermunt

I was throwing a hissyfit over a Facebook 'like' while simultaneously reading about the real life struggle of a young boy literally running for his life during a horrific genocide. To say that I lacked perspective is a massive understatement.

9 Scary Symptoms Of Stress

Everyday Health | Kristen Stewart | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Living

By Kristen Stewart; Medically reviewed by Niya Jones MD, MPH When most of us think of the physical effects of stress, our minds jump to common ...

Snug Vest Is Therapeutic, Stylish Hug For Kids With Autism

John F. Gray | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While volunteering and working with autistic children, Lisa Fraser noticed one of the key therapeutic devices of the day was, in her eyes, really ugly. The weighted vests was like slapping a label on kids and saying "Hey, look at me! I'm different." She believed that bringing a better design and even some style into these kids' lives, was an endeavour worth pursuing.

Want Tips on Holiday Shopping? Listen to a Kid

Julianne Bisnaire | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Living
Julianne Bisnaire

As a kid, there is nothing better than opening the coolest new toy, and as a parent, I can only imagine how it feels to put that big smile on a little kid's face. So, here it is parents. I've put together a list of tips to make holiday toy shopping easy. These awesome tips come from a toy expert! Trust me, they are guaranteed to make your holiday shopping fun, quick and easy!

What Having Cancer Taught Me About Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

My newfound wisdom as a cancer survivor has shed the light on a little secret: we don't have to do all that work. I'm sure my family would have been just as happy to stay home, be less busy, and receive fewer presents. I am also certain that all they really wanted was for me to be there -- alive -- with them.

Are You Struggling With Burn Out?

Erica Diamond | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Diamond

What a burnout or onset of a breakdown feels like, is the inability to feel at ease, happy, and restful. It feels like constantly being agitated. Everything pisses you off -- traffic, lines at the bank, phone calls. You get into bed at night, and your thoughts come at you a million miles a minute. If you feel you're headed down a dark path, here is what brought me back.

Which Is Canada's Most Stressed-Out Demographic?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living

Paying off a mortgage and raising children is stressful for most people, and yet, the most stressed out group in Canada isn't dealing with any of thos...

Time Management Troubles? Try Out Volunteering

CBC | Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Living

If it seems as if there’s never enough hours in the day to do all the things you want — try reversing that feeling by volunteering your time to do...

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

Stress weakens the immune system making us susceptible to infection. Don't let stress get the better of you; try meditation or yoga, both proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your morning to sit in quiet contemplation.

How to Fit Meditation Into Your Life

Mahalia Freed, ND | Posted 12.26.2011 | Canada Living
Mahalia Freed, ND

I truly believed that meditation was great for other people -- but not for me. I couldn't sit still, couldn't quiet my mind, didn't feel like I was good at it. And you know, overachievers like me, we like to be good at things right away. I was seeking less challenge, more comfort zone. But you can't grow in your comfort zone.

Four Ways To Cope With Anxiety If You Live In A City

The Huffington Post Canada | Karen Kwan | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living

Most city folk (present company included) wouldn't trade living in the downtown core for anything, but the stress of living in the city is indeed top ...