Five Natural Ways to Calm Your Nerves

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At the fitness clubNervous anxiety is a common affliction that results in a variety of daily problems. Some people experience it in the form of performance anxiety – they tighten up and become agitated when writing an essay, giving a presentation or attending a job interview. Others can experience it as a general feeling of unease in social situations or when travelling.

Whatever the cause, there are many ways to deal with nervous anxiety, including medications and counselling. However, people who are reluctant to seek treatment through the health care system opt for natural options as alternatives to doctor-facilitated care.

Here are five natural ways to calm your nerves:

  1.  Exercise regularly. Regular workouts are a great way to deal with excess
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Get inspired! Fitness Coach Connects success stories

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User Goals. FCC ReportPhysical activity might already be part of your daily routine, or maybe you have days when exercise is the last thing on your mind. Reading success stories about how physical activity has changed the lives of people living with significant challenges, such as a busy schedule or medical concerns, can be a great strategy to get motivated and get off the couch!

Get inspired by the commitment and determination of these Fitness Coach Connects program participants.* These stories will inspire you to stay on track with your health and fitness goals or get back on the fitness bandwagon!

Anna is a 45 year old female with osteoarthritis. She reports that since joining this program she has become more aware of …

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What is the difference between a psychologist and a social worker?

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Female thinkingIf you are considering accessing counselling or psychological services, you may be wondering, “What the difference is between a psychologist and a social worker? Does it matter who I work with?” Although there is a great deal of overlap, there are important differences between these two groups of professionals, each with their own areas of specialization and focus.

Both psychologists and social workers are licensed professionals. This means that they have a certain degree of training, they have demonstrated their proficiency in applying the techniques learned in their academic curriculums, they adhere to a professional code of ethics, and they are required to participate in significant continuing education.

Social Work is a profession that focuses on improving the lives of …

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On being mindful

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On being mindful Mindfulness has become a hot topic for those seeking stress-relief and/or a path to happiness.  But is mindfulness really new, or is it just another name for stress management?  To me, it’s a bit of both. Mindfulness practice stems from ancient disciplines like meditation and new disciplines like neuroplasticity and the science of the brain; how it functions, learns, and develops. I recently had the pleasure of attending a few lectures on these topics and learned where the ideas of mindfulness came from and what difference a mindfulness practice can make in our daily lives. These lectures introduced me to thinkers and writers like Rick Hanson who wrote Buddha’s Brain, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of the …

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Driving into adulthood – Part 2

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Driving into adulthood – Part 2In part 1 of this series we began our discussion about the excitement and challenges surrounding the quintessential rite of passage of the teenage years that is learning to drive, and gained a little insight into the experience from a parent’s point of view. But what about the teen? What are they experiencing, and how can parents support them through this exciting and potentially stressful time?

Through the eyes of a teen:

I have never been good at Mario Kart. That was the true test as a kid; if you were good at Mario Kart, you would be a good driver. This doesn’t actually make much sense, but I was still convinced that I would never be able to drive …

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