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09 Feb

Befriending Your Mind Through Meditation

The goal of meditation is to attain a state of complete stillness at the core of your being, into which no stray thought or imagery dares intrude. It takes practice to be able to reach this mindstate, which is why so many meditation gurus place a great deal of importance on working through the distractions with persistence and determination. When you first begin meditating, you will discover how amazing your mind truly is. Feel free to marvel at its ability to...

02 Feb

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

  Ask any busy person what they need and most will respond with “MORE TIME”. More time to work, more time at home, more time to relax. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day for all of the things we need or want to do. While committing more time to a job or a project might seem like the solution to your stress, it is important to remember that time is a finite resource. By spending more time on something...

19 Jan

Rethinking Rejection

  “Rejection sucks” you say. Or at least, you think it’s you who says it. But the fact is that the voice in your head worrying about the “no” you got from The One You Yearn For isn’t really you - it’s your ego, the part of you that hates being denied. Let’s put our egos aside and try to find a healthier perspective, shall we? Because when you’re feeling down-and-out after someone alters the movie script ending you had in...

23 Dec

Handling the Holidays

Contrary to media advertisements and societal expectations, not everyone looks forward to the holiday season. There are many reasons why this time of year may be particularly challenging for someone, and if the holidays are a difficult time for you there are things that can be done to help you cope with this season. I know you may find yourself wishing you could snap your fingers and it would magically be January 2nd. While I cannot give you that talent,...

25 Nov

Immunity and the Second Brain

Most of us seem to get hit pretty hard at least once every winter. We all know what that means: achy body, pounding head, stuffy nose, chills, fever, sore throat - the works. And it’s no wonder, really. As winter days roll in we see half of the sunlight that our bodies become used to in the summer, we get little to no fresh air, we eat all of the comfort foods, and we tend to move less. It’s the perfect storm for...

12 Nov

Your Couples Counselling Questions Answered!

People are often intimidated by the idea of attending couples therapy - they worry about the emotions that will be stirred up, things that might be said, or the possibility of a negative outcome. These are normal fears to have when considering therapy, or even going into your first session. Below are some common questions people typically ask about couples counselling. Hopefully my answers can remove some of the stigma, and help you to understand what the process is like! What are some...

24 Oct

Self-care vs. Selfishness

If you find yourself thinking that the concept of self-care must be inherently selfish, you are not alone. For many of us, the very idea of putting ourselves first in any given situation feels wrong, or at least something to be avoided when desired. Nobody wants to think of themselves as selfish, or have others think of them that way. But we are here to reassure you that a self-care practice and a selfish attitude are fundamentally different things. Here is why: When someone is selfish...

17 Oct

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Warm-You-Up Soup

After a long, hot summer most of us are probably happy with cooler temperatures, fall sweaters and the return of our favourite cold day comfort foods. The season of cold smoothies, fresh salads, and ripe fruit are behind us and the days of root vegetables, apples and colourful squashes have arrived! In the tradition of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian practice of whole-body medicine) feeding our bodies in tune with the changing seasons, from hot to cold and back again, keeps our bodies...

09 Oct

Giving Thanks in Socktober

  Gratitude is a powerful determinant of mental health, so it really isn't surprising that we have an entire holiday dedicated to giving thanks. More than just a day off, Thanksgiving was created in order to encourage people to appreciate the bountiful harvest that typically occurs around this time of year. While the tradition of feasting on the seasonal goodness that October brings is still an important part of the Thanksgiving ritual, it is also an important reminder of the kind...

15 Sep

Realistic Sleep Tips for Busy Students

When you’re in school, one of the most important keys to success is a decent night’s sleep. Yet for many students in university or college late night study sessions and coffee binges are normal and, unfortunately, necessary. Lectures and readings and essays and exam study sessions eat up your precious time, never mind balancing a social life, extracurriculars, and a job on top of your school work! Even writing that sentence was exhausting. So how do you balance your busy schedule...