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Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Getting More Out of Your Mornings

Written by Emily S.
It is all too easy to wake up every morning with only enough time to do the essentials. If you are like me, every minute is designated to getting ready for the day with little wiggle room for deviation. This plan makes my morning super stressful and unproductive. We have all heard the saying “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.” Mornings are often an indication of how the rest of our day will be. Rushing in the mornings sets up our whole day to be…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

Harvesting Lemons for Self-Care

Written by Emily S.
Lemons aren’t just for lemonade this summer. This vibrant citrus is actually a brilliant, all-purpose fruit. From keeping insects at bay to deodorizing the garbage, lemons serve a variety of unique and useful purposes. Along with cleaning and refreshing the house, lemons also rejuvenate our skin and improve our mood. They are high in calcium, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, all of which provide tremendous benefit to overall wellness. As women, we often become too busy prioritizing our spouse’s, children’s and friends’ needs that we regularly neglect our own. But,…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

What to Do After Missing Your Flight

Written by Emily S.
“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure” Air travel can be a major vacation stressor. Aside from the generalized fear of flying that affects roughly 20 million people, there is also the anxiety and stress of a missed flight. From a broken alarm clock to a delayed connecting flight, starting your vacation or trip off by missing your flight can set you up for a rush of anxiety, depression and stress. After you have asked for help from the airline and your fate of waiting is sealed,…
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

How To Enjoy a Rainy Day

Written by Emily S.
There is a lot of focus on the importance of enjoying the summer sunshine and getting outside in nature to boost mental health! But we often forget that summer also means a lot of rain, rain and more rain. It can be hard to stay happy and positive on those gloomy, wet days that regularly ruin our outdoor plans. Although fighting the rainy day blues is a challenge, it is not impossible. There are many relaxing and enjoyable ways to get the most from your rainy day. Be mindful: The…
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Cucumber-horseradish Soup with Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Written by Emily S.
Soup is usually designated for the autumn and winter months, but this chilled cucumber-horseradish soup with heirloom salsa is a perfect way to cool down during those July and August heat waves. The cucumber and yogurt mix is not just refreshing, but is also low in calories and highly nutritious. Cucumbers contain high amounts of B vitamins, as well as 10 percent of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C. The rich amount of water and dietary fiber in cucumbers make them a great digestive aid. Cucumbers are also known to…
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

5 Reasons We Should Be Riding A Bike

Written by Emily S.
For three weeks in July roughly 200 cyclists will attempt to ride a 3,664-kilometer expedition through four European countries: a journey known as the Tour de France. Bicycling is a popular low-impact exercise, toning your whole body and scorching calories; but did you know bicycling also exercises and strengthens your emotional and mental health? If the idea of riding on two-wheels uphill for over 2,000 miles doesn’t appeal to you, rest assured you don’t have to be part of this elite group to acquire the many benefits a bicycle has…
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

The Upside of Conflict

Written by Emily S.
Conflict is inevitable. Whether it is at work or with family, we all will experience different opinions and disagreements throughout our life. However, we are trained to believe that conflict is bad and must be avoided at all cost. But not addressing conflict can increase stress and anxiety, and interfere with our mental wellness as it continues to gnaw away until it is resolved. With the right skills, conflict can be an opportunity to strengthen relationships with family, co-workers and your self. Here are eight ways conflict can be beneficial:…
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