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Ah, summertime, when the living is easy. It's hard not to feel happy during the warmer months. But what if life could feel summer-good all the time? Summer is a wonderful time to put in place some spiritual practices that will serve you well all year long. Here are 10 ways to get started.
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To get the most out of visiting a new destination, we have curated a list of top tips for first time travellers following global research* from the most creditable source -- travellers who have been there, done that and have the passport stamp to prove it.
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Everyone could use a little "me" time. Toronto has some sweet places to splurge on that "me" time, and I do mean splurge. Recently, I tested out three luxury spas and their signature services to see...
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Vacations are the perfect time to relax, refresh and recharge the mind, body and soul. But for many of us, finding our Zen can mean different things. For some an escape to the beach is all that's needed while others seek activities that release endorphins. Whatever your preference, there is no better destination to zen-out than the city that has it all -- Los Angeles.
Going to a spa on vacation can be expensive, but you don't have to give up on the idea of indulging in treatments on your next vacation. Scoring cheap spa time may be easier than you think.
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Once we begin to understand how important breath is to our well being, how we stop breathing when we are stressed, how we breathe fast when we are excited or scared, how we exhale longer when we become relaxed -- once we begin to notice, we can use our breath to influence our mental and physical states.
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Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.
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A few months ago, a lovely little birdie (aka my smart, insightful sister) told me something that I took to heart. She said "You don't want to be the reason you fail." If I work so hard and burnout, I will not be able to build a successful company.
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Being on "The Bachelorette" was the most meaningful and life-changing experience. I found the love of my life and built a busy career (with a travel schedule to match). I'm extremely grateful for all of this, but I've also learned that carving out time for myself, free from work obligations and time with Shawn is required to create balance. That being said, finding the time can be a challenge. So, I've learned some tricks to being prepared when I find a moment to myself.
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Five ways to make your "me" time amazing. Cat cafes: enough said.
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Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy defined as an art and a science that works primarily through the physical structure of the body facilitating innate self -- regulation and healing. It works to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore health in all systems.
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Naturally, not everyone can decide to tune out and escape his or her world on a whim, even if nothing else would be more welcome. Finding a truly quiet spot for relaxation, meditation, or simply a short nap may be difficult. But there are other solutions.
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Think about your plans for tonight. Do you plan on sitting on your back deck with a beverage trying to see how many bird calls you can recognize? What about watching a sunset -- when was the last time you did that?
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The perfect way to cool off in the summer and an amazing way to warm up in the winter, baths have always been my go-to way to unwind after a long day. Recently, Karina Birch, Owner of Rocky Mountain Soap shared with me the top tips for making the most of your bath.
When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.
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.
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I get my "friend fix" every Saturday morning at my youngest daughter's gymnastics class. So here's my question: Why do I feel like I need the "excuse" of gymnastics class to spend time with my friends? Maintaining my friendships is an important part of maintaining my well-being.
We're already a full month into the new year, and for the most part, resolutions are still be made (and broken), goals are being set and people are looking for new and creative ways to stay healthy....
The stress that used to fire you up to work harder or faster or better simply stops having that effect, because the physiology of constant stress without recovery has worn out the mechanism that gives you your "adrenaline edge." What's a skeptical adrenaline junkie to do?
Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed like this, I get trapped in that mindset where I think, "I can relax when I'm finished." The problem is that life and work don't stop. The key, then, is learning to create those pauses for yourself. Here are five ways to calm down.
The transitions between season don't always go smoothly. In any case, hormonal imbalances take place that can cause all sorts of physical and mental responses. Some experts say that spring fever or spring fatigue are a bit like having a "hangover" after a period of dormancy, perhaps a lighter version of what hibernating animals go through.
Back to school is a transition. After long summer days of swimming, playing baseball in the park and riding bikes with best friends, kids are suddenly expected to spend hours sitting still behind a desk. Finding focus in the classroom after summer break is a challenge for most children. One tool that can greatly help calm a child is meditation.
Life is stressful. You wake up late. Or you wake up with allergies or a headache. You make it out the door, only to get crushed in the subway, stuck in traffic, or nearly 'doored' on your bike. You get into work, and you are already behind. Sometimes it feels endless. As a naturally depressed and anxious person, here are some things I suggest you do to relax...