Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a difficult task for a lot of us. Between work, relationships, errands and chores, it is challenging to find time to devote to living a healthier life, and because of this lack of time, a lot of us refrain from making an effort to be better in different contexts. … More Here’s how to live a healthier life
In case you haven’t noticed, COVID-19 is, in a way, here to stay. Since it made its grand entrance earlier this year, we have undoubtedly felt and noticed the lasting effects of its influence, and I’m not exactly sure how we will ever revert to what we once perceived as normal until a reliable and … More Coping with COVID-19 long-term
Happiness, in most ways, is a subjective thing. It can look and feel different for everyone, and considering how different each of us is from one another, it makes sense that what makes us happy differs from one person to the next, too. And, as it turns out, the subjectivity of happiness has been scientifically … More Yes, you can control your happiness
Calorie restriction is a pretty popular component of a lot of diet plans around today. In fact, calorie restriction has been associated with the concept of dieting for a loooong time; too long, in my opinion. For whatever reason, a lot of diet plans somewhat orientate themselves around the idea of not only cutting, but … More This is why counting calories is so toxic
The summer season and sunburns go hand-in-hand for a lot of folks. With the sun itself getting hotter with every passing year, and UV rays becoming more and more harmful, it isn’t difficult to figure out why and how so many of us end up with some rather nasty sunburns throughout the course of the … More Relieving sunburns naturally
Food waste is a real shame for multiple reasons. Not only could the food in question being tossed or discarded be used to feed someone who could truly use it, but it’s a wasted effort of farmers, truckers, factory workers, food processing plants, and any other profession associated with the food industry. All in all, … More Turning food waste into food bank donations
I am a perfume and fragrance feign. I’ve always had an impressive collection of smelly things, whether it be actual perfumes, body sprays, room sprays, or fragrance oils, and honestly, perfume is sort of my guilty pleasure. I’m the type of person that when I come across a scent I enjoy, I’ll invest in it. … More Curious as to what space smells like? Find out with this perfume
I think it’s fair to say that whether to wear a mask or not is a hot topic as of late as a result of COVID-19. Where I am located, it is a bylaw that masks must be worn in all public places, and from what I am hearing and reading, a lot of other … More To mask or not to mask?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is, unfortunately, a condition that is relevant for a lot of us. It is incurable, and while some people find success in treating IBS with a high-quality probiotic, some of us aren’t as fortunate, depending on the severity of the IBS itself. I was first diagnosed with IBS roughly eight or … More IBS: a constant battle
In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of emotions running rather high as of late thanks to us being in a pandemic. Since the coronavirus first broke out, we have been forced to engage in policies many of us are entirely unfamiliar with; the closure of public spaces and businesses, social and physical … More A friendly reminder to be nice
Us Ontarians had a bit of a scare on the weekend pertaining to the weather. Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued on Sunday morning, and shortly after, tornado watches and warnings were being broadcasted across radio stations and emergency alerts. Thankfully, here in Brant County, we did not encounter a tornado. We had some … More Here’s what to do in a tornado
Since the legalization of cannabis here in Canada, there has been a tremendous push pertaining to researching how it can be beneficial in a medical context. There have been several positive findings already, and I’m happy to share there’s been yet another advantageous discovery regarding how cannabis can work to help people suffering from ailments, … More Combatting chronic pain with THC
Denial is an interesting thing. Regardless of the situation at hand in which denial is present, I have always found it relatively fascinating that we as human beings are capable of convincing ourselves of something that is entirely opposing to truth. Even more interesting, in my opinion, is that when engaged in intensely and religiously, … More The dangers of denial
The idea of reaching out to someone and asking for help in a mental health context isn’t an easy one. In fact, for many of us, it’s daunting, terrifying, and relatively undesirable, hence why so many of us choose to remain silent in our fight with mental health, I believe. For a very long time, … More This is why we need to normalize asking for help
Caring for our skin in the Summer months here in Ontario can be a bit trickier than caring for it in the Spring, Fall, or even Winter. Unfortunately, Ontarians are all too familiar with the high humidity that accompanies our Summer season, and in case you’re unaware, humidity and acne-prone skin are not exactly friends. … More What’s your go-to summer skincare routine?
In somewhat of a continuation of yesterday’s post and my discussion of the hellish temperatures we have been enduring in Ontario as of late, I thought it might be worthwhile to chat about recognizing our bodies’ needs. As I stated in my post yesterday, working outdoors in the extreme heat we have been experiencing has … More How well do you know your body?
Plastic straws, as we are all aware, really aren’t a great concept. Sure, they get the job done, but they’re also responsible for a significant amount of ocean and plastic pollution and further have claimed the lives of many animals who mistakenly ingest them. All in all, they’re not so great. Over the past couple … More Supporting farmers and the environment with paper straws
This year really has been one for the books. We’ve seen a pandemic, murder hornets, a massive civil rights movement and more, and it’s only June. We still have another six months before 2020 has concluded, and I think a lot of us are cautiously curious to see what else this year has in store. … More Making time for mindfulness
As I’ve mentioned already in a couple of different posts, the COVID-19 pandemic we are still finding ourselves in has unfortunately negatively influenced mental health conditions for many of us. Isolation, social distancing and limited social interactions are arguably all contributors to a diminishment in our moods overall, and I think this mental wellness decline … More Read this to learn how to gain psychological first aid, free of charge
I’ve written a few different posts discussing anxiety and of the joys and wonders it entails, but I wanted to write another regarding how to go about your day with frequent anxiety since a lot of us are feeling more anxious than usual these days. If you’ve noticed your anxiety a little more as of … More Dealing with daily anxiety
The medical realm is one that has always piqued my interest. I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who works in the medical field, regardless of their specific title or occupation, and I commend the people who risk their own health and safety to benefit others on a daily basis through their work. … More Lenox Hill: worth the watch
Being spontaneous is something I’ve never been super successful with. I am the type of person that absolutely prefers a plan to quick, out-of-the-blue decisions, and quite honestly, the concept of spontaneity often gives me anxiety. Despite my hesitation towards spur-of-the-moment decisions, a lot of us enjoy spontaneity, as it turns out. “The average American … More Are you a fan of spontaneity?
Cauliflower ear is a condition a lot of athletes involved with physical contact sports are familiar with, but for the general public, it might be a foreign concept. It is caused when the ear experiences a significant amount of trauma which results in blood pooling in the outer element of the ear, giving it a … More Cauliflower ear? Have no fear
We may only be into the first few days of June, but the weather we have been experiencing in Ontario as of late reflects temperatures that are more typical come mid-July or August. We have actually been enduring a heatwave over the past few days, and if you’re someone who works outside in these intense … More Beat the heat with these tips
In lieu of a couple of posts I’ve written about designating positives in a pretty shitty situation (aka the COVID-19 pandemic), I have yet another to share with you, thanks to an article I read via The Good News Network. “Amid lockdowns, people are eating healthier, cooking their own food, and consuming more fruit and … More Wasting less food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
Something that has come to my attention as of late in a rather pronounced manner is evidence supporting the idea that a lot of us are seriously struggling with social isolation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told to collectively abstain from participating in social gatherings and activities to an extent, … More Navigating through a lack of social interaction
It is disheartening to acknowledge that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and wellness, for many of us, has taken a beating. Perhaps you have been struggling with a condition that has been intensified as of late; maybe you’re experiencing the onset of a type of mental illness because of the pandemic … More The importance of mental health check-ins
I’ve written a couple of posts about trying to find some positives in this whole pandemic situation, and so far, people seem to be in agreement with what I’ve said. Recognizing optimism in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak can be challenging, but keeping our heads is one of the best things we can … More Learning what is necessary through COVID-19
We all know it isn’t necessarily the best practice to make assumptions, but in terms of high probability in this particular context, I think it is safe to assume that all of us are familiar with the notion of avoiding internalizing emotions. We are told that it isn’t the best practice to avoid discussing how … More Finding relief through conversation
Here in Ontario, the month of May typically means the arrival of fresh, local asparagus. It’s something I always look forward to as asparagus is one of my favourite veggies, and I imagine a lot of other folks can relate. The asparagus season is a brief one, and even more so this year. The frost … More Get your asparagus on