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
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