Monthly Archives: March 2013

Stress-free tips for stress-free cooking

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Stress-free tips for stress-free cookingWhen you think of work-life balance, the first thing that pops into your head is likely not meal planning. But how many of us stress over meal times – what to feed the kids for lunch, what to make for dinner? Batch cooking can save you a whole bunch of money and a whole ton of time.

There are two ways you can approach this, depending on if you decide to cook for one week or one month in advance. For one week in advance, you’ll need two hours of cooking time, plus an hour for shopping. For one month in advance, you’ll need about 8 hours every month, plus two hours of shopping. By scheduling this time into your …

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Communication styles: Understanding gender differences

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Communication Styles: Understanding Gender DifferencesMen Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – you might not know the book, but if you’ve ever communicated with someone of the opposite sex, you instinctively get what the title means. Understanding typical gender differences in conversation will help you communicate more effectively – even if speaking with someone from another planet!

Our ideas about gender differences in communication styles are constantly evolving and are shaped by circumstance. For example, my brother grew up with three sisters and was, therefore, influenced by a culture of females. On the other hand, my husband grew up with brothers and sisters and lived in a diverse neighbourhood. His communication style was so flexible, he was a chameleon when it came …

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Coping with the sudden death of a spouse

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Coping with the sudden death of a spouseA friend of mine recently asked me what advice I would give to someone whose spouse has died unexpectedly. I was being asked this question not so much because of my professional background, but because I have been there too. In this case, the spouse had committed suicide. My spouse died of a heart attack while we were on vacation. These are profoundly different circumstances, but still contain common elements for the grieving spouse.

I had to pause for a moment, because I really did not know what to say. I felt a bit pressured to respond wisely and in 60 seconds or less! The loss of a spouse is at the top of the stress scale and it changes …

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Eat well, get active, live longer

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Eat well, get active, live longerSticking to healthy options when it comes to eating is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when our schedules demand so much of us. Too often we find ourselves reaching for fast-food options and restaurant food that can be laden with too much fat and not enough nutrients. Life gets in the way sometimes and that’s okay, but when you fall into the habit of not eating healthy on a regular basis, your health could be at risk.

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How to heal your wounds through forgiveness

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How to heal your wounds through forgiveness

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free,” Catherine Ponder, inspirational writer.

Everyone has different wounds to be healed through forgiveness. Forgiving those who have made us suffer may include:

  • A friend who made inappropriate comments. “She is a counsellor. I am a psychologist. I am better than she is.”
  • An inattentive spouse who neglects his wife and children’s needs.
  • A manager who pretends not to see when an employee is bullied.

These are a few examples of situations in which someone was hurt because words were said or actions were taken without …

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