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Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

3 Reasons To Set Up Camp

Written by Emily S.
It is almost August, which means it’s time to squeeze in last minute vacations and spend time with the kids before they head back to school. For the perfect mini-vacation, take advantage of the remaining warm summer nights by sleeping under the stars. If you aren’t sure about swapping a hotel room for a tent, take a look at these social, emotional and mental health benefits of camping: Enjoy time with loved ones: Camping gives us the opportunity to unplug from our phones and TVs and spend more time enjoying…
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

The Power Of A Warm Embrace

Written by Emily S.
Hugging is a simple act that is extraordinarily powerful. From adolescence to adulthood, hugs show of comfort, love, friendship and support when we need it most. This is not just an imaginary change in our emotions; according to the National Institute of Health there is scientific evidence that supports indulging in a warm embrace. Affection, such as a hug, releases the hormone oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin has a powerful effect on our mood and mental health. It is the love hormone that allows us to bond with others. Oxytocin…
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Lighten Your Load

Written by Emily S.
This last week I was faced with the exhausting task of moving. Well, actually I moved five months ago. During my move from a tiny apartment I shared with my sister, who was still living there, I left a room full of boxes, clothes and random things that I promised myself I would come back and look through, deciding what to keep and what to part with. Last week she was finally moving and I had to figure out what I was going to do with what I left behind.…
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Self-Care Recipe: Eye Cream

Written by Emily S.
Self-care isn’t just about taking the time to care for ourselves. It is also about being mindful of the way we nurture our physical and emotional selves. Part of this involves careful attention to the ingredients in our cooking and skincare. Knowing what is in our skincare can put us at ease when we know exactly what we are putting in our bodies. This simple cream made of three ingredients works exquisitely for rejuvenating the skin under your eyes. It is calming and hydrating, and its sensual aroma is similarly…
Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Homemade Pesto

Written by Emily S.
There are plenty of store-bought items that we choose to substitute for homemade cooking. However, oftentimes the uniqueness of a recipe is in the smallest detail. Pesto is one of those minute elements of a larger dish, and opting to make it from scratch has the power to boost both the flavor and your mood. Cooking is known to be a great stress reducer. As we focus all of our attention on one task, we distract ourselves from becoming overwhelmed with anxiety, anger and depression. So for your next dinner,…
Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The Top 8 Greatest Probiotic Foods We All Should Be Eating

Written by Charity C.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in your intestinal tract. These natural gut flora are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. About 70-80% of your immune system is found in your gut, so keeping it healthy is critical for good health. Beneficial bacteria produce lactic acid, which inhibits the over growth of bad bacteria, keeping your digestive tract healthy. If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects could include: digestive disorders, skin issues, autoimmune disease and frequent colds and flu. Historically, people consumed plenty of probiotics in…
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

Grief and Sudden Trauma

Written by Administrator
For the second time this year Malaysia Airlines is the subject of headline news, as a commercial flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia was shot down, killing all 298 people on board. This means not only did nearly 300 people lose their lives, but also the parents, spouses, children and best friends of 298 people are all left to somehow cope with this sudden devastation. News stories and headlines surround us daily, focusing on the lives lost in this tragic event; but what about those who are left picking up the…
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