When it comes to mental illness, one of the most effective ways to understand it is through conversation. I often say that unless you’re chatting with someone who has dealt with mental illness themselves, it’s difficult to convey what exactly it entails. Talking to someone about a mental illness you’ve both experienced can be one … More Let’s talk about mental illness
I’ve written quite a few posts about CBD oil and what sorts of benefits it offers to those who make use of it. I haven’t written about how CBD oil can benefit skin when applied topically, though, so here we go. Different uses of CBD oil typically include “oils, tinctures, edibles, patches, vape oil, and … More CBD oil … for skin?
Salt lamps are gaining popularity as of late, and for good reason. Salt lamps, specifically ones made from Himalayan salt, offer a variety of benefits to those who use them, and some “advocates of salt lamps claim they can clean the air in your home, soothe allergies, boost your mood and help you sleep,” says … More Here’s why you need a Himalayan salt lamp
Feet are something we as humans seriously depend upon. Our feet are our means of transportation, along with our legs, therefore owning a pair of well-structured shoes is rather important. Since I had reconstructive ligament surgery on my foot, the quality of shoes is something I place a fair amount of emphasis on. I need … More Birkenstocks: are they worth the price?
Maintaining a healthy balance between work and our personal lives can be incredibly difficult at times. Depending on the circumstance, perhaps we find it almost impossible to establish a separation between the two, contributing to feelings of stress and frustration in the process. Depending on your line of work, and even your upbringing, you may … More Designating a work/life balance
Hemp is something I firmly believe is highly misunderstood in contemporary culture. Whether it be hemp itself, hemp extract, or hemp-based products, many of us, from my understanding, often associate hemp with cannabis, but in reality, there is a difference. And, luckily, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website provides us with some … More Here’s what you need to know about hemp extract
Social media, as wonderful as it can be, can simultaneously be destructive towards those who make use of it. And by destructive, I’m referring to the inevitable occurrence of comparison that comes with social media. It’s extremely difficult to avoid comparing ourselves to others when we’re scrolling through our social media timelines. We compare ourselves … More Stop comparing and start celebrating
Summertime in Southwestern Ontario can get pretty toasty. It can also be stormy, humid, or cold, depending on how Mother Nature is feeling on a given day. The weather here is a tad unpredictable. Fluctuations aside, when it is a scorcher outside, it can be difficult to stay cool. I thought it may be useful … More Beat the heat this summer with these tips
If you’re someone who is considering using CBD extract, it can be a little overwhelming to determine which type is best for you. Luckily, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website outlines the main differences amongst CBD extract, making it a little simpler to figure out which one to go with. The four most common varieties … More Understanding different types of CBD extract
If you read the title of this post and said to yourself, ‘what the hell is PCOS?’, you’re in the right place. And you’re definitely not alone in being unfamiliar with the acronym, hence the purpose of this post. PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, “is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women … More Why aren’t we talking about PCOS?
In regard to my post a few days ago about self-care, I thought it might useful to brainstorm the ways in which we can practice self-care without blowing our budget. I think many of us automatically associate self-care practices with a high price tag, but it certainly doesn’t have to cost you an arm or … More Practicing affordable self-care
If you’re a resident of Ontario, chances are you’re probably wondering what in the heck it is that Mother Nature is all in a dither over. I shouldn’t say Ontario specifically. The weather is wonky all across the country, and worldwide. From what I’ve gathered, most of us are rather fed up with the so-called … More Fed up with the weather? Think about the farmers
I think for many of us, the concept of self-care is intimidating. The intimidation isn’t so much a reflection of self-care itself, but rather, a mimicry of our own insecurities involved with taking the time to address our own mental and physical needs. Self-care is not a practice that requires us to be selfish, however. … More Self-care isn’t selfish
When many of us contemplate the concept of cannabis use, health and wellness may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, I would argue that many people associate cannabis with laziness and poor health, when in actuality, this simply is not the case. As stated in an article originally published at … More Can CBD contribute to a healthier lifestyle?
My mom and I were grocery shopping a few nights ago at Sobeys, and in the produce section, a display titled “plant-based alternatives” caught my eye. I decided to take a stroll over to the display to see what sorts of items were available. A vast majority of the section consisted of dairy-free cheeses, although … More Plant-based diets: logical or ludicrous?
The other evening, my mom encouraged to take a look at her latest Chatelaine magazine. I’m not normally an avid Chatelaine reader, but after flipping through the June/July edition, I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed. The cover of this issue of the magazine features a striking woman in a bathing suit. The image is … More Have you heard about #ShowUs ?
Hemp oil, as popular as it is as of late, seems to be associated with a sense of obscurity. What exactly is it? What can it be used for? Well, to provide some clarification, hemp oil “is a nutty and flavorful oil that is extracted from the stalks or seeds of the hemp plant. There … More So, how do you use hemp oil?
As promised, today’s post will go into detail as to what exactly a gastroscopy is, similar to yesterday’s post about a colonoscopy. I had never heard of a gastroscopy prior to being told I would be having one done. From my understanding, it involves a small camera being inserted into your esophagus, through your mouth, … More And what about a gastroscopy?
In lieu of yesterday’s post, I thought it might be useful to go into detail and explain what exactly a colonoscopy is, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the term. I won’t go too into detail, though. Don’t get your knickers in a knot. In my own words, a colonoscopy is a procedure that involves … More What exactly is a colonoscopy?
Earlier this week, I had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy done. And, to answer your likely immediate question, no, it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. These procedures were performed because of my stomach/digestive issues, and considering I’ve never had any sort of gastric procedure performed before, I was a little unsure of what to expect. … More Curious as to what a colonoscopy entails?
When marijuana became legal in Canada last fall, a lot of questions and concerns were vocalized regarding the effects of cannabis and how it may interfere with other daily activities. One significant concern that was raised by many was how cannabis and driving don’t mix, which, in my opinion, is an incredibly warranted claim. To … More What you need to know about CBD oil and driving
Chemotherapy, as we’re all aware, is a harsher than hell drug that takes all sorts of tolls on the human body. Granted, its ability to cure cancer arguably outweighs the negative side effects, but nonetheless, it is a very aggressive drug. Both of my parents have had cancer in the past, though only my mother … More The long-term effects of chemotherapy no one tells you about
Body positivity is, in my opinion, perceived in one of two ways; a positive movement involving confidence and acceptance of oneself, or a negative message that perpetuates the ideology that being overweight and unhealthy is okay and praised. I was chatting with my sister about the two sides of the concept. My sister, who happens … More Body positivity: progressive or dangerous?
For some of us, staying in shape takes top priority. For others, perhaps staying in shape is a little lower on the priority list. Regardless of how strongly you prioritize overall wellbeing, I’m here to offer you some good news: staying in shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and almost anyone can retain their … More Staying in shape on a budget
23andMe kits have been around for a while now, and for Christmas, I got my mom and dad each their own kit to send off in hopes of learning a little more about their ancestry and health histories. Prior to purchasing the kits, I wasn’t all too familiar with how exactly the DNA extraction process … More Are 23andMe kits worth the money?
Health and wellness seem to be on everyone’s mind at the beginning of each new year, likely because new year’s resolutions are often affiliated with healthy living. But, as the month’s progress and the year moves forward, many of us, both intentionally and unintentionally, allow our resolutions to slip from our focus and permanently move … More This year’s wellness trends
If you’re a Pinterest user, you can likely attest to just how useful this social media platform can be in a variety of ways, whether it be for recipe inspiration, home decor advice, or fitness regimes. Apparently, though, Pinterest can be used for a lot more than lifestyle reasons. In fact, a recent study from … More Can Pinterest help people suffering from chronic pain?