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Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Impact

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.

Stop Complaining About Valentine's Day

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Here's my concern about some of the complaints I've heard. The rally against demonstrating affection in and around Valentine's Day has become such a boring argument at this point. Why are we wasting our energy fighting against the expression of love?

#BellLet'sTalk Day: Workplaces Need to Get Serious About Mental Health

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

You may have noticed that your social media feeds have been inundated with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. That's because Bell Let's Talk day is on Wednesday, January 28. We need workplaces that value their employees' mental health. Employers need to lead by example by recognizing workplace signs of undiagnosed depression, such as difficulty making decisions, decreased productivity, inability to concentrate and any unusual increases in errors in work, just to name a few.

This Is Why You Can't Empathize With People You Don't Know

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living

Our ability to express empathy -- understanding or vicariously experiencing others' feelings -- kicks into action when we get comfortable enough with ...

Why Canada Is Lagging Behind When it Comes to Child Health

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Something is amiss in Canada. A 2014 UNICEF report compared the health and development of children in Canada with 28 other wealthy nations. In spite of being a G8 country, Canada's children rank number 17th, a status that has not budged in the last 10 years. The question is, why are these problems still so widespread?

Survey Says: Work Was The Big Stressor For Canadians In 2014

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living

Whistling while you work may not help melt the stress away, but a little mindful breathing does the trick for some. A new survey of more than 2,70...

Don't Rush To Get Back in Shape After the Holidays

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chances are the holidays have left you sleep-deprived, perhaps even more than usual. So you may want to go to bed a little earlier or sleep in for a few days, if you can. There are plenty of things you can do to readjust your sleep pattern, so you wake up refreshed instead of hung over.

The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

So when you're sitting at the dinner table eating turkey dinner for the tenth time or struggling to find room for all those new presents, consider yourself grateful. Please don't take anything you have for granted. What you consider such a normal part of the holidays are things people like me dream about and yearn for.

Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

When the researchers looked at how Type A behaviour was linked to cardiovascular disease however, the results were very different. Stress, neuroticism, cynicism, and paranoia were all significant predictors of cardiovascular disease although being ambitious and hard-driven were not.

The Present is a Gift: The Benefits of Being Mindful

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Driving. Eating. Cooking. Brushing our teeth. Applying lipstick. Even, having sex! Most of the things we do in life are done mindlessly from memory, and not actively aware. It wasn't until I took a mindfulness meditation course that I realized what we are all missing out on!

Three Holiday Foods to Boost Immune Health

Jane Dummer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

You may think it's more difficult to be healthy over the holiday season, but many of your favourite holiday foods are stuffed with nutrition. When you practice portion control and tweak preparation techniques, you'll cruise through the season with the health benefits and energy to fight off any germs lurking on the scene. Here are three immune-boosting holiday foods to include on your menu all season long.

How to Keep Calm and Christmas On

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chronically overworked and overtired, we often don't have enough energy left for doing the things we really want, such as spending more quality time alone or with loved ones. It doesn't have to be this way. The holiday season can be a good opportunity to re-examine our priorities.

How Certain Scents Can Lift Your Mood

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

About five years ago, I was going through a really challenging life transition. I couldn't sleep and was experiencing a good amount of anxiety. I did not want to try medications or sleep aids, so I opted for essential oils to calm my nerves and bring my life back into balance. Since this period in my life, I have been curious about the benefits of scents.

Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

Lori Gard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.

7 Steps to Helping Your Children Manage Anxiety

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Anxiety is the number one mental health concern for children. Our children are growing up in a highly anxious world, surrounded by a massive amount of stimulation and information. Here are some practical and important tips to assist you with grounding your children in this anxious world, and helping them develop their self regulation capabilities.

A Doctor's Take on Alternative Medicine

University of Toronto News | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Dr. Mel Borins wants to you to be healthy and he wants you equipped with more than just your family doctor's orders. A family physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, Borins is a leading expert in health and wellness who has advocated evidence-based, alternative medicine for decades.

How To Awaken the Elephant in You

Sangita Iyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Mother Nature has been the most powerful healing source in my life, and in this article I am inspired to share my profound connections with Her and pa...

How Meditation Changed My Life

Komal Minhas | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Komal Minhas

In August 2010, I was attending week three of a youth conference and found myself deep in meditation, sobbing as if I had just emerged from the womb. Here I was, in the middle of Berlin deep in meditation, with the photo of an older Indian man with long hair and in white robes at the front of the room, feeling at my very core that my life was about to change dramatically.

Farm Stress And The Next Generation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farming is a high stress occupation in which the job merges with personal identity. Relationships quickly become complicated if the job becomes the only focus. Children don't always become farmers. Many leave farm life forever, but some of those who return to the family farm bring innovations in technology and management that help reduce the stress of farming.

This Is Your Body When You're Heartbroken

It may feel like a large foot is crushing you teeny tiny heart after a breakup, but it turns out the rest of your body is feeling all sorts of sensati...

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

This One Simple Thing Can Push Your Sexy Quotient Through the Roof

Petra Zebroff | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

Here is some proof. Humour is one of the highest rated traits for attracting a lover -- ranked by men as appealing, topping even 'wearing sexy clothes'. Both men and women considered humor to be in the top three traits that make someone appealing for short-term (read "sexual") or long-term (read "partner") connections.

Helping Kids Manage Back to School Stress

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

For young people of all ages, school's an opportunity to form new relationships with peers and teachers, develop new skills through extracurricular activities, and discover new interests. But school can also be a source of stress, anxiety, and pressure for many young people, and it's a topic that kids and teens bring to Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors throughout the year, even during summer holidays.

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.

Wait, We're Confused: Fatty Foods Can Be Good During Stress?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living

New research disputes popular belief that stress speeds up the metabolism, suggesting that bumps in the road are when it's most important to stick to ...