Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tips for surviving the Daylight Savings time change

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Tips for surviving the Daylight Savings time change Disturbances to our natural circadian rhythms with the turning back of the clocks this time of year can interfere with our own internal clocks and our ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Many other aspects of our day contribute to disrupting this rhythm, such as spending longer periods indoors in front of the bright lights of the television, computer or tablet. With so much to keep us occupied in the evenings, it’s hard to unwind and just relax.

Circadian rhythms are very sensitive to light and too much exposure can affect the production of your goodnight sleep hormone – melatonin. This calming and sleep-inducing hormone regulates the sleep-wake cycle and relies on the setting of the sun and darkness …

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How to reduce student financial stress

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student financial stressIt’s no secret that going to university comes with its fair share of financial stress. For  many students facing these financial pressures for the first time, trying to stretch your money from September to April can be extremely difficult. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful over my university experience to help reduce financial stress.

  1. On-campus jobs –  If you are looking for a job during the school year, look to see what campus jobs are available. Working with other students is  a great way to meet people and allows for more flexibility around school schedules. I work for a student service at my university and have always found it easier, working with other students who understand academic stress, makes
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Cutting and self-harm – what parents need to know

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Cutting and self-harm – what parents need to knowFor most parents, self-harm is an alien and confusing concept. It’s normal to experience a number of incredibly distressing emotions and feelings of helplessness upon learning your child is hurting themselves. In order to dispel such anxiety-provoking myths, let’s look at the facts and provide you with some tools to your child.

Self-injury, also known as self-harm or self-mutilation, is known by society in its most common form – cutting. However, other behaviours include burning, scratching, mild poisoning and picking. Generally, self-harm is not an attempt to complete suicide but rather an increasingly common, yet addictive, maladaptive coping strategy used predominately by youth.

One Study of Canadian youth found that almost 2 out of every 10 youth aged 14-21 had

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Staying active and social during parental leave

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Staying Active and Social During Parental LeaveTaking time off work after the arrival of a baby is something that most parents look forward to. Entire days at home to share with your new child can seem promising in the midst of gruelling hours at the office.

In Canada, parental leave can last as long as a year, and within that time, there are likely to be ups and downs. It’s not uncommon for parents to feel disappointed during maternity or parental leave, and many people report feelings of boredom, loneliness and exhaustion. These feelings are perfectly natural, especially if you are used to the structure and pace of full-time work. Isolation can impact mental health and general well-being, so it’s good to try and avoid spending …

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Why there may be more to your back pain

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Depression and back painReports suggest that 85 per cent of the working population will suffer from back pain at least once in their lifetime. For most individuals, these complaints will resolve within a few weeks with or without care. However, there are some cases of back pain that persist well beyond their natural history and may be complicated by a number of factors, including depression.

Depression is commonly reported among low back pain sufferers, but more so among those suffering from a chronic condition (over three months). In fact, it has been reported that more than 20 per cent of adults with low back pain have signs or symptoms of clinical depression. The exact relationship between depression and low back pain is not …

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