Category: New Year, New You

Get outside

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Get outside

American novelist Herman Melville once wrote, “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.” And here’s a little research to corroborate his thought. Scientists have found that taking breaks outside, or in settings that contained some nature has been shown to reduce stress. Attention restoration theory (ART) ... Continue Reading

Be kind to yourself

Posted on: January 25, 2017

Be kind to yourself

Every day, women face tremendous pressure to be fitter, prettier, nicer, better mothers, better wives/partners/girlfriends/spouses/employees. Their heads are filled with mantras from the Societal Expectations of How To Be A Good Woman: Don’t yell at the kids. Don’t cry at the office. Don’t burn his dinner. Don’t argue with your mother. ... Continue Reading

Take a deep breath

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Take a deep breath

Gosh, daily life can be stressful! If it’s not work, it’s our relationships. If not our relationships, it’s our health. Simple daily stressors and anxiety can leave us feeling tight in the chest. If it’s not external stress, modern life keeps us sedentary and when we bend forward, head down, arms together, ... Continue Reading

Start a journal

Posted on: January 22, 2017

Start a journal

Remember your eighth-grade journal? And how writing in it made you feel better? Your pre-teen self was definitely on to something; numerous studies have shown that journaling has a host of health benefits. Here are just four of the numerous ways baring your soul (or, at least, sharing a thought ... Continue Reading

Hug someone today

Posted on: January 21, 2017

Hug someone today

According to science, touch functions as a protective layer against stress by releasing a series of feel-good hormones and chemicals like oxytocin and endorphins – morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings [1]. Get high off hugs Well, not exactly. Endorphins are released from the pituitary ... Continue Reading

Enjoy the silence

Posted on: January 19, 2017

Enjoy the silence

Let’s face it, noise is everywhere. It’s part of our daily lives. Even when we’re sitting in total silence there’s usually some background noise happening – the ticking of a clock, the whir or a fan, the clicking of a keyboard. There’s noise and then there’s noise. Think about the sound of ... Continue Reading

Learn how to say no

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Learn how to say no

Creating a to-don't list felt good, didn't it? By ridding your daily agenda of those less-than-important tasks once and for all means that you now have more time to pursue the things you'd rather be doing, with the people you'd want to do them with. Right? Right? Maybe you'd rather spend the evening ... Continue Reading

Reboot your diet

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Reboot your diet

When trying to shed pounds, people often look for the easiest path to weight loss, which usually involves some kind of rapid detox or radical diet. There really aren’t any quick fixes to literally tipping scales in your favour, but if you think eating less is a good way to counter ... Continue Reading

Reboot your workout

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Reboot your workout

While it may suit you to exercise solo as a way to decompress or maintain focus, why not reboot your workout to include a partner? A study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine took a look at how training with a partner increases the effects of cardiovascular exercise (versus working out ... Continue Reading