Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to combat end-of-summer blues

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How to combat end-of-summer bluesWhich side of the summer fence did you fall on this year? Did time slip by so fast that the deck never got painted, the garage never got cleaned out, or that camping trip never happened? Or was your summer so full of family BBQs and projects and weekends at a cottage that you hate to see the school supplies appearing in the stores?

Either way, the cooler nights and shorter days can leave some of us feeling blue. We may regret the missed opportunities to get things done, or may dread the return to work or school. So how can we beat these blues? How do we gear ourselves up for the next season?

Focus on what you were

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How to manage your parents while away at university

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How to manage your parents while away at universityStaying in touch with your parents while you’re away at university is important, but you need to come to a compromise, set boundaries and understand expectations. According to a recent study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, “college students with over-controlling parents are more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives.”

Our schedules as university students change from week to week, so parents should call often but don’t expect we will always be available for long talks at the same time. Sometimes it’s better to have short, frequent talks than long ones once a week. Set up a time each week when you’ll both be available to talk without the stress of having …

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My teen is smoking WEED!

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My teen is smoking WEED!Few things stress out parents more than the thought of their teenager using drugs. The recent discovery that marijuana use is on the increase in Canada has done nothing to soothe parents’ anxiety.

A recent survey from UNICEF shows that Canada has the highest rate of youth marijuana use in the western world. Of the 11, 13 and 15 year olds surveyed, 28 per cent of them reported using marijuana at least once in the past year.  This statistic was mirrored in a 2011 cross-Canada report on Student Alcohol and Drug Use that found 16.7 to 32.4 per cent of students from grades 7 to 12 had used marijuana.

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug by teenagers, after alcohol. …

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Losing weight with meditation

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Losing weight with meditationMeditation is renowned for calming the psyche and providing a boost for mental health. But did you know that it is also good for the body?

Modern medical thought is increasingly recognizing the health benefits of meditation. The UK’s National Health Service prescribes a form of meditation called Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for depression and anxiety, and as a complementary treatment for cancer and chronic pain sufferers. It has been found to reduce pain, blood pressure, lactic acid levels, heart rate, breathing rate and metabolic rate.

But that’s not all! Many believe meditation can help control weight gain, especially around the mid-section, often caused by stress and increased levels of cortisol. Studies have found that blood cortisol levels drop …

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Take time to build relationships at work

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Take time to build relationships at work      “Time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver; it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time. It is the only way you can survive,” Margaret J. Wheatley, Management Consultant

During any work day, you need someone with whom to share a good laugh or go for a coffee run or to bounce off ideas. The workplace can be a very lonely place without this kind of camaraderie. Can you imagine going into work and not having a conversation with anyone for eight hours? Or not having someone to talk to and consult in times of crisis? Even if you don’t socialize with your work best friend outside of work, it’s essential to …

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