Stress

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I sat in a therapist's office two weeks ago. "I think I'm having a nervous breakdown," I told her. Summer ended. My relationship fell apart. Then, it just disappeared. Then, I wondered if I'd made it all up. I felt like my friends didn't like me anymore. There's been a lot said about the quarter-life crisis. Is that why a lot of my friends and I needed help?

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

How to Quiet Your Busy Mind

Dr. Sara T | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

Who wants to be kept awake mulling over events from the day or to-dos for the following day? I will confidently answer no one. We have both tools and resources at our fingertips to slow down our minds, but it takes practice, patience and persistence. What is behind a racing mind and what can be done to slow it down?

How To Win At Everything (Without Trying)

Andrew Tai | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Rules are there to tell you what you can or cannot do in a game, and they are not negotiable. You either learn them or you fail. Best practices on the other hand are tools you can use, which are learned through watching the way a game is played by others. For instance, if you want to win in poker, you need to understand how to bluff and manipulate your opponents.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

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 ...

Abused Kids Signficantly At Risk For ADD Or ADHD

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Thirty percent of adults with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) report they were physically abused before they turned 18. This compares to seven per cent of those without ADD/ADHD who were physically abused before 18.

The Right Way to Deal With Workplace Bullies

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business
Dr. Meghan Walker

If you are a victim of workplace bullying, you need to read the wisdom of Seth Godin, outlined: The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else.

How Laughter Fixed a Classroom

Albert Nerenberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Albert Nerenberg

Suzanne LeFebvre-Martin pioneered the laughter program at St-Michel, a school in Northern Ontario. She deals with troubled students and said she was inspired to integrate laughter after reading research about how laughter exercises reduced anxiety in children. It worked.

Are You Stressing Yourself Towards Alzheimer's Disease?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Consider managing your stress before it manages you. Regardless of whether you've chosen your good stressor (planning a big party for someone special), keeping yourself in stress mode for weeks, months, or years at a time will do a number on your hippocampus that sets up vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. Here's how it works.

Mindfulness Can Give You a Real Buzz

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Mindfulness is the buzz word of the day. You hear mindful eating, mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness in meditation, mindful walking and more. Why is this mindfulness such a buzz? Over time, you start to realize you can actually choose your thoughts and thereby choose emotions.

10 Brain "Must-Knows" to Live + Work with More Ease

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

I've been thinking about my brain a lot these days - and so should you. Neuroscience is now the "it" topic and this hot (and really cool) area of science is no longer the exclusive domain of neuroscientists, brainiacs and academics. We are all getting in on the action and that's a good thing.

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.

What I Learned From My 'Cute' Parenting Moment

Lori Gard | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I just had a moment. Until I turn 40, I will not refer to such as a senior's moment. No, this was merely a parenting moment. A realization. As in one ...

Four Types of Dreams (and How to Interpret Them)

Linda Lauren | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

Our dreams are a way for us to process our waking world while we sleep. The things we haven't dealt with, consciously or subconsciously, often come to light in the dream-state where it feels safer to deal with them. There are four types of dreams I would like you to consider.

Why We Should Start Thinking of Rob Ford as a Human Being

Leah Morrigan | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Leah Morrigan

How could we help him feel better about himself so he does a better job for our city? As hard as it may be for some of us to swallow, we could try to lose the blame and the judgement and throw him some slack. Why? When people treat us well, the better we feel, and the better we feel, the better we behave.

The Most Stressful Jobs Of 2014

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

If you work as a librarian, hair stylist or audiologist, you have some of the most stress-free work around, according to a new survey, but if you’re...

A New Year Filled With Wonder

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Do you long for the good old days of childhood when things seemed much simpler, easier, more joyful and laid back? Maybe it never was that way for you, but it can be "yet to come" by simply reinstating a sense of wonder in your life. Arianna Huffington advocates wonder as an antidote to daily stress.

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows. No, they'll not remember that amazing decor you've designed. But they will remember you.

Christmas Is Not About Giving -- It's About Receiving

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

If Christmas means giving more and more of myself so that I become less and less of me, then I'll take a pass, thanks. No, instead I intend on receiving Christmas this year. I want Christmas to wash over me in all its glory. This year, I want to focus on accepting the priceless gift of Christmas.

Three Tips for Moms to Balance Work and Family

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Many women work full-time, juggle PTA meetings and still aim to put a nutritious meal on the dinner table. As a result, it is no surprise that many women are feeling the effects of being pulled in different directions. Here are some simple tips to help us deal with the incessant daily juggle.

The Real Reason People Overeat During the Holidays

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

That many people's waistlines expand during the holiday season is a well-established fact. But, as a new study found, the reason why most of us overindulge at this particular time may not be so much the countless opportunities for extra munching but rather the need for extra comfort due to heightened stress.

Do What Gives You Energy and Drop the Rest

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's a fast-paced world and women work hard. We have homes to maintain, families to care for and demanding jobs. All this takes mountains of energy yet we continue to spend time on things that don't really interest or support us. It's time for women to cut to the chase and do the things that give us energy while getting rid of the rest.

How to Recognize Stress Before It's Too Late

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

We all know that stress is often called the "silent killer." Given that this has been studied and documented, what steps can we take to prevent our own ride down that slippery slope? This article will give you three tell-tale signs that you are overloaded by stress, and would benefit from making changes. It is said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

7 Ways Taking Care of Someone Can Make You Happier

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Strouth

I can definitely attest to the many challenges and obstacles that family caregivers contend with on a daily basis. A study by the Change Foundation, 22 per cent of caregivers showed signs of distress, including anger, depression, being overwhelmed and unable to continue providing care. But through it all, you'll also have your eyes and heart opened in amazing ways.