Monthly Archives: June 2013

When relationships fall apart


When relationships fall apartA marriage, a love relationship, a close friendship are all connections central to our sense of self and well-being. When a significant relationship comes to an end, it can be a distressing event.

The end of a relationship can be influenced by different circumstances:

  • One person plans to leave the relationship and has a positive vision of the future
  • One person is resistant or in denial about the end of the relationship
  • Both parties mutually move apart emotionally and/or physically

Regardless of how your relationship came to an end, you need to take care of yourself through this transition.

Keep an eye out for different levels and types of stress that you may experience:

  1. Emotional: feelings of confusion, rejection, anger,
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Tips for parents of children home alone


TIPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN HOME ALONELeaving children alone at home understandably gives many parents pause – especially when it’s the first time. Even so, many preteens reach a point where they’re ready to stay home alone for a short time without an adult. While this transition can be stressful for the child, parents are usually the more anxious ones.

The first thing you need to determine is whether your child is ready to be home alone and if they are at the right age. Check with your local child protection authority to confirm that your child is legally old enough to be on his or her own for a short time. Check your gut instincts based on your child’s behaviour – does he or she …

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5 ways to appear more confident


5 Ways to Appear More ConfidentNot many people are naturally confident, but we are all capable of appearing more confident even if, on the inside, we might still be nervous. Learning how to appear confident is important in many walks of life from job interviews to dating to negotiating. Once you can learn to come across as more confident, your actual confidence itself will increase and you will feel much better for it. Try the following methods to improve your demeanour.

Learn to Focus

Those with confidence issues often appear scatterbrained and unable to focus on certain tasks. Not only does this make you appear clearly anxious, it also prevents you from being productive to your fullest potential. To overcome this, learn to focus on …

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Is exercise really good for mental health?


Is exercise really good for mental health?We all know how good we feel after a refreshing walk or a workout session at the gym or getting outside and playing a round of golf. We walk taller, our confidence soars and so does our self-esteem, but what happens on a cellular level, inside our brains? How does exercise affect our mental health, how long does it last and is there such a thing as too much exercise?

Countless scientific studies have proven over and over again the benefits between the mind-body connection and what happens after exercise. Studies out of Poland have shown how aerobic activity reduces anxiety, depression and negative mood due to the increased oxygen supply to the brain. Earlier studies out of Canada have …

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Be kind to your heart


Be kind to your heartTaking the lives of more than 14,000 Canadians each year, stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. With June being Stroke Awareness Month in Canada, we wanted to help you recognize the signs of stroke and share with you the necessary precautions you can take to reduce your risk.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function, caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke) that causes brain cells in the affected area to die.

The warning signs of stroke

  • Weakness – Sudden loss of strength and sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
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