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
A few days ago, I pulled a bit of a bone-head move. I was helping out on the farm, tripped over my own feet, and fell backwards onto my left, and dominant hand. I heard a loud crack and almost instant pain, and when I went to take a look at the damage, I discovered … More It’s okay to be dependable
Let’s face it – the folks working on the frontlines throughout this pandemic are worthy of some serious recognition, regardless of the type of work they’re doing. It is because of these people that society has been able to function in limited means during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m really not sure as to what … More Want to say thanks to our frontline workers? Read this to learn how
I’m willing to bet that at some point in our lives, we have experienced insecurity or self-doubt. It’s arguably an inevitable occurrence for all of us from time to time, and when it does happen, it’s pretty shitty. For those of us who tend to run into self-doubt more frequently than not, it becomes apparent … More Dealing with self-doubt
Mental health is a topic that is associated with a lot of stigma. Tremendous advancements have been made in recent years regarding how we as a society perceive and discuss mental illness, which is fantastic, but based on my own observations, there is one area where mental health awareness could use some serious improvement. Mental … More Here’s how toxic masculinity worsens men’s mental health
If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely been paying attention to the recent announcements that have been made by Premier Doug Ford regarding the slow start of lifting the COVID-19 lockdown requirements in the province. Mr. Ford granted us Ontarians some pretty positive news last week with an announcement stating select businesses and outdoor … More Treading carefully with lockdown lifts
I’m willing to bet that a lot of us are seeing or hearing about Adele’s weight loss as of late. After posting an image to her Instagram account to celebrate her 30th birthday, there was a social media frenzy regarding the singers appearance in the photo. Her photo prompted an outpouring of comments, posts and … More Stop making someone else’s weight your business
I think it is safe to say that anyone celebrating a birthday in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak is feeling a little underwhelmed with their special day. Social distancing and an inability to participate in large gatherings certainly makes the concept of celebration a little difficult, therefore a lot of us who have had … More Making the most of COVID-19 birthdays
Eating disorders are a sincerely cruel form of mental illness. They toy with our thoughts and emotions and often times (speaking from experience) leave a lasting mark on those they happen to take hold of. Performing somewhat normally on a day-to-day basis while living with an eating disorder is no easy feat, let alone in … More Why are we encouraging body dysmorphia in a pandemic?
Oregano oil has been a staple in my household for quite some time now. And, quite honestly, for good reason. In my family, we typically make use of oregano oil to prevent or fight off illnesses in their early stages. We also take it while ill in an attempt to decrease the severity of whatever … More Do you use oregano oil?
There has been a tremendous push from the general public to recognize and celebrate individuals on the front lines that continue to work since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Doctors and nurses, factory workers, truckers and grocery store clerks are some of the professions that have been recipients of praise and gratitude throughout the pandemic we … More Why are we forgetting farmers on the frontlines?
With warmer weather upon us, I would imagine many of us are itching to get our hands on some fresh, local produce that becomes available throughout the Spring and Summer months here in Ontario. There is something so fantastic about biting into a crisp, juicy piece of fruit that has been produced locally, and soon … More These are some of the healthiest fruits to eat
We’re all aware of the importance of staying hydrated when it comes to our bodies. Not consuming enough clear fluids over the course of time can have severe consequences, therefore upping our H2O intake is something that doesn’t really require a whole lot of questioning. In addition to benefitting our bodies, water can also benefit … More Want to be happier? Try drinking more water
Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, many of us have been spending the vast majority of our time inside our homes. As a result of our limited outings, and based on what I personally have seen across social media platforms, many of us are abstaining from putting our usual effort into our appearances since we … More Has COVID-19 made you feel more comfortable in your own skin?
Many of us have been hopeful as of late that a vaccine or an effective treatment to stop the onslaught of COVID-19 will be developed. And, while we can continue to be hopeful and patient as we await this development, there is some progress developing in this context in the form of a four-legged animal … More Combating COVID-19 with … dogs?
If you’re finding yourself to be a little stressed these days, try not to overthink it too much. Most of us are feeling a wee bit overwhelmed as of late thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, there is something we can try if we’re getting frustrated with our feelings of stress. According to an article … More Feeling stressed? Play Tetris
I first heard about scalp massagers a while ago, and to be honest, I sort of thought they were a gimmick. I failed to see the purpose of a device that claimed to massage your head when our fingers could achieve the same outcome, and so I wrote the idea off for quite some time. … More Have you used a shampoo scalp massager?
With the majority of us being stuck at home and non-essential businesses being temporarily closed, I think it is safe to say that a lot of us may not be looking our best. Whether we are in need of a haircut, a pedicure, or even some waxing, it’s challenging to do some self-maintenance activities at … More The easiest at-home DIY face masks
Staying positive and optimistic during a rather strange situation, like a pandemic, can be difficult. Personally, I’ve found myself feeling better certain days and then a little down again the next, and it’s frustrating to try and distinguish how exactly to keep our spirits up during these trying times. An article from The Good News … More Feeling down? Read this to cheer up
The Coronavirus outbreak has turned all of our worlds pretty well upside down. With the entire world coming to an almost standstill, many of us are finding that we have a lot more time on our hands to think and contemplate about things we may not have given much thought to prior, and despite the … More Gaining new perspectives in a pandemic
The situation many of us are finding ourselves in right now isn’t exactly pleasant. With many businesses and services closed, social interactions being prohibited unless social distancing is being practiced, and an inability to visit with our friends and loved ones, it is easy to understand how and why some of us may be struggling … More It’s okay if your mental health isn’t at its best right now
Depression is a form of mental illness many of us are, unfortunately, familiar with. Depression, like any mental illness, has no preference regarding gender, occupation, lifestyle or age – it is not discriminant, and it can take its toll on any of us. While no definitive cure for depression has been developed, tremendous advancements have … More Treating depression with magnets
I’ve been seeing a few things floating around the internet world as of late regarding things to be mindful of during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of them good, others not so good, and some being painfully relatable. I thought I would compile a personal list of things to remind ourselves of in a pretty desolate … More Here are some things to remind yourself of right now
In addition to trying our best to establish and abide by a routine in an attempt to keep our productivity up, another strategy we can practice that may help is trying to normalize our suddenly new routines. It is highly unlikely that any of us are still following our routines that existed prior to the … More How to maintain productivity during a pandemic: part two
COVID-19 has made its presence quite known on a global spectrum. I’ll admit that when the coronavirus first broke out in China, I didn’t give it too much thought because I was ignorant of its severity. Seeing the destruction and ripple effects this virus has caused across the world has allowed me to change my … More How to maintain productivity during a pandemic: part one
Immunity is a word we are hearing a lot about lately. In times of a pandemic, it isn’t a bad idea to give our immune systems a boost, and what better way to do so naturally via foods we can consume, thanks to an article from Healthline. It is believed that vitamin c is a … More Munch on these foods to up your immunity
Regardless if you’re working right now, in self-isolation, or in quarantine, I think it is safe to say that we could all use a bit of a pick-me-up in such a desolate time. Many of us are doing everything in our power to stay as positive as possible, but as the days of COVID-19 continue, … More Here are some things you can do to lift your spirits
With so many of us being confined to our homes right now, it is easy to understand how and why we might be feeling a little jittery. Feeling a little claustrophobic or antsy is likely something many of us are experiencing as of late, and with limited social outings and of course social distancing, it … More Feeling antsy? Try this at-home, equipment free workout
If I had to pick one word that can be used to semi-accurately describe how a majority of us are feeling right now, I would have to say that word would be fear. Each and every day we wake to new updates and reports regarding the number of cases pertaining to the lethal COVID-19 as … More Navigating the unknown in the COVID-19 outbreak
Not too long ago, my sister and I, being a little bored with limited entertaining options in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, thought we would play a game together. We googled some games to play with two people and came across a series of pretty deep questions to ask each other, and I have … More Get to know yourself better with these questions