I will be fully honest and admit that squash is arguably one of my least favourite vegetables. I wish I could say that it is something I look forward to feasting on with the fall season, but, it just isn’t, and it likely won’t ever be for me, personally. Despite my lack of appreciation for … More Here’s why you should be eating more squash
The temptation affiliated with the concept of perfectionism is a very strong force. With perfectionism comes expectations, hence why the influence of perfectionism in itself is so powerful; it stems from a fear of letting others down. I myself am a perfectionist. Not willingly as it is associated with my anxiety, like many others who … More Pushing away perfectionism
There seems to be an unspoken rule pertaining to hair washing. While I’ve never heard a professional hairstylist outright say that holding out for as long as possible between washes is beneficial for hair, I know a lot of people that firmly believe this. And, really, the mentality makes sense; anything that undergoes excessive or … More Hair washing: good or bad?
I know, I know. You likely read the title of this post and told yourself I’ve officially lost all sanity, and quite honestly, I can’t say I blame anyone thinking this with the chosen title for this post. But, before you completely write me off, hear me out. COVID-19, for a lot of us, has … More Can COVID-19 make you a better person?
I’ve written a few different posts here on my blog discussing the long-term implications of eating disorders and the physical havoc they wreak on a body. The lasting effects of an eating disorder and undeniable for its victims, making it difficult to forget enduring such a debilitating condition. I would argue many of us are … More Finding hope in eating disorder recovery
As someone who is a creature of habit and seriously values routine, I can attest to the ability of change causing feelings of unease and discomfort. Change is inevitable and necessary, but for a lot of us, it has a bit of a negative connotation. When we prefer stability and avoid change, though, we run … More Embracing change through COVID-19
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
This summer here in Ontario has been a scorcher. Excessively high temperatures with an insignificant amount of rain has caused a lot of vegetation to dry up and unfortunately die, and the suns rays seem to be getting hotter and hotter every year. We’re aware of the damage that can occur to our skin as … More Dry, summer hair? Try this hair mask
If you’re someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, at any level, you’re arguably aware of how frustrating, debilitating, and stressful its influence can be. It’s sort of like hearing a constant nagging voice in the back of your mind that causes you to feel doubt and insecurity about anything and everything, so … More The significance of challenging anxious thoughts
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
I firmly believe that, in a way, a lot of us are wired to be too hard on ourselves. I would say I think the tendency to be especially critical towards ourselves is innate, or even an element of human nature, but I won’t as not all of us fall into this categorization. I sure … More PSA: Stop being so hard on yourself
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
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
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
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?
I would argue that a majority of us underestimate ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this mindset can often lead to moments in which we happily surprise and prove ourselves wrong, but it can be a hindering practice as it somewhat works against the concept of knowing our worth, which is of tremendous … More This is why it’s so important to know our worth
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
Perfectionism is a characteristic trait that influences a lot of us. I would argue that there are a lot of people who are completely unaware of their perfectionism, making it that much more difficult to recognize when it presents itself upon us. I’ve heard people say that perfectionism is a good thing. And, depending on … More Are you a perfectionist?
In the agricultural industry, temporary foreign workers are crucial. Their help is essential in producing a variety of crops here in Ontario, but furthermore across North America. Our migrant workers begin to arrive in April and continue to come in segments into July. Some leave in October, others in November and even December depending on … More Appreciating temporary foreign workers more than ever
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
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
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
The idea of a challenge is a concept that appears to everyone differently. Some of us, when we encounter a challenge, immediately experience distress and unease as a result of the appearance of something new and foreign, while others welcome challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to conquer a new feat. Personally, I’d say I’m … More Seeing challenges differently