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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...

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...

  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...

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...

Regardless of what year or grade you are entering into this September, the beginning of a new school year is a great time to formulate some new habits for yourself. You’ve likely had a break from the stress of due dates and exams, maybe even gone on a relaxing vacation or two, and hopefully feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new challenges before you. The choices that you make these first few weeks could help set a fresh tone for...

New beginnings are typically associated with New Year's Eve. The atmosphere of excitement, camaraderie, and reflection that most people experience around the end of the holiday season lend well to the creation of resolutions and motivation to change. Yet so many of those resolutions fail as people return to the regular routines and expectations of their everyday lives. If you are someone who tends to ditch the grand promises made in the passion of the year’s end, there is another, more...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking others for help - reaching out when we need assistance, big or small, is an important skill for individuals to learn.  However, there is a flipside to this equation. While we should acknowledge the importance of asking for help, we must also learn how to say no occasionally. The very idea of saying no when others ask for something is difficult for a lot of people. In my experience, people avoid saying no...

For a long time, far too long, the dialogue surrounding addiction has been dangerously inaccurate. The belief that the central cause of addiction is the addictive substance itself has influenced the way we treat individuals struggling with addictions, the type of legislation we create to regulate drug use, and often the way we talk to children about drug and alcohol use. But recent research has opened the door to a new way of thinking about addictions. Studies of both rats and...

Just about everyone will tell you that is important to have goals. You hear it in school, from your parents, from well-meaning friends and co-workers, and on just about every motivational/well-being website. Seriously, the message is everywhere. And for some people, the process of setting and achieving goals is quite simple - they decide what they want and work diligently until they get there. Those people are go-getters, and I admire them. For others, like myself, the prospect of setting...

Anxiety, while often painful, disruptive, and sometimes debilitating to the person experiencing it, is a completely normal response to a situation that is stressful. The same innate biological responses that cause anxiety in us today were fundamental to our ancestor’s prehistoric survival. Our heart rates speed up, minds race, palms sweat and bodies shake as adrenaline floods our systems, preparing us to fight or run away from a threat. If our bodies hadn’t responded in this manner back in our...