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Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

Waking Up Refreshed and Renewed

Written by Emily S.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous The road to recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues starts anew every day. Every sunrise brings a renewal of your strength, skills, hope and courage to successfully work towards maintaining emotional and mental stability. Here are some quick tips to start your day off right: Open the window: Heavy curtains and a pitch-black room are a nice sleep stimulant, but can hinder our will to get up in the morning. Sleeping with an open window helps…
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

5 Reasons To Be Mindful of Your Posture

Written by Emily S.
Daily tasks such as driving a car or typing at a computer cause our bodies to hunch forward and our shoulders to lean in. Unfortunately, this posture doesn’t stop once we reach our destination or finish that e-mail, it influences the way we walk, how we stand, and how others interpret our body language. Many of us suffer from the bad habit of poor posture and most people are unaware of the damage it does. With a little practice of being mindful of our posture, we can see vast improvement…
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Extreme Self-Care: Soaking in Lavender

Written by Emily S.
In Provence, France, lavender fields bloom from the middle of June through August. These fragrant fields are awe-inspiring, and serve as a sweet reminder of nature’s beauty. Lavender is an herb whose flower and oil has been used medicinally for centuries. It is renowned for its ability to calm the mind and the body. Lavender alleviates depression, aids in healthy digestion, eases headaches, reduces insomnia and soothes anxiety. Many celebrate lavender for its ability to soothe skin irritation such as acne and relieve joint aches. Not everyone will be able…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

4 Ways To Fight The Midday Slump

Written by Emily S.
Even with a restful sleep the night before, we may still experience the dreaded midday slump. Unfortunately, this period of low energy occurs during peak productive hours at work and as the kids arrive home from school. There is still half the day left to get through and taking a power nap is unfortunately not always an option. Before reaching for the second, maybe third cup of coffee, take these four steps to create a better afternoon: Snack right. It is important to prevent your blood sugar from dropping too…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

A Daily Dose of Laughter

Written by Emily S.
From getting enough sleep at night to modifying how you eat, there are various behaviors that can naturally improve our health. Yet the most pleasurable change is also the simplest: more laughter. A daily dose of laughter holds the power to enrich one’s emotional, social and mental health. It is an instinctive act that makes us feel well, boosts creativity and increases social connection. And although you probably already know the short-term benefits of laughter, you may not have known its ability to transform our long-term health as well. Laughter…
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Written by Charity C.
Prep Time: 1 minute Cook Time: 13 minutes Yields: 4 servings   Ingredients: 1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp 1 Tbsp salt-free Thai seasoning Cooking spray or coconut oil 1 cup bell peppers, various colors pre-chopped 2/12 cup msg-free chicken broth 1 Tbsp fish sauce 1 913.5 oz can light coconut milk 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice Chopped cilantro (optional) Direction: Sprinkle shrimp with Thai seasoning; toss well. Heat Dutch oven over med-high heat; coat pan and shrimp with cooking spray or coconut oil. Add shrimp to pan; sauté…
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

How To Choose A Tea

Written by Emily S.
When you think of tea, many only consider two options: sweet or unsweet. Few people are aware of the wide range of herbs, leaves and spices that are used to create different flavors with various health benefits. Teas have the power to boost our energy or calm our anxiety. They are often rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote better health. From Asia to South America, teas have been around for centuries as a remedy for sleep, relaxation, energy, mood and immune system. Here is a brief list to…
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