Healthy Life

Keep your mind sharp and your soul healthy with our expert psychologist bloggers.

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You're sound asleep and suddenly your alarm clock sets off to wake you up for the day. As you reach to turn off the alarm, you grab your phone and begin the day by scrolling through social media to catch up on the last 8 hours of junk you’ve missed. Sound familiar? This is my typical morning…

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Sassy received a request to write about the age-old question of why some women choose the bad boy. I have three hypotheses as to why the bad boys "win" over those good guys who finish last. Ok? Let's talk!

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On September 27th, 2019, an estimated 500,000 Montrealers came together to demand action from the government to prevent climate change. Greta Thunberg, the teen activist responsible for this world-wide movement, joined the Montreal community to lead the empowering rally.

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In my current practice as an Empowerment Life Coach @ Inspiration 2 Intention Life Coaching, and having worked with a multitude of families in different capacities over the years in the educational field and helping profession, many people have a hard time identifying the very thing(s) that …

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Recently, there has been a rise in interest for organic produce as some are trying to live more healthy lifestyles; however, others believe that eating organic is not worth the significantly higher cost.

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So, what’s the best way to make sure you eat clean all week? Two words: Meal Prep! Let’s face it; no one has the time to start chopping and preparing food from scratch after a long day of work, kids and regular life responsibilities. So here’s the secret. Meal prep in advance!

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Michaëlla Etienne's daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. She's now 4½ and, given the drastic fluctuations she experiences throughout the day of her blood sugar, she needs to constantly be monitored as well as have her insulin adjusted. That's why she requires an insul…

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OK, so you finally decide to seek therapy despite your reservations.  You go to your appointments with an open-mind and maintain that you are willing to do what it takes to finally feel better and reduce your uncomfortable symptoms. Your therapist assesses your primary concerns, conducts a p…

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Summer travels are upon us, and for most that means breaking our healthy food habits. Eating healthy while travelling can be tricky as McDonalds and other fast food restaurants often seem practical when on the go in a foreign country: they’re quick, easy and affordable options. That said, he…

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There is nothing better than ice cream and popsicles on a hot summer day. They're refreshing, delicious and sweet treats - but they're filled with refined sugars, artificial colours and artificial flavours. So, I opt for the cheaper, healthier and more delicious option to traditional ice cre…

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As a non smoker it’s the dirtiest thing to walk thru. Let me just say that I rather enjoy smelling the shampoo (when I had hair on my head ) or the perfume I’d selected for the day but walking thru cigarette smokers is just dirty.

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It used to be commonplace to grow your own veggies and herbs when I was growing up. My mother had a backyard garden and so did most of her friends. My husband grew up in a family where his father had been a farmer in his home country and continued the tradition with an extensive backyard gar…

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Interesting article today about how builders are/were allowed to build on flood zones. There is a very real risk of flooding when you build near or around water and I think Mother Nature has shown us within the last few years who’s really in charge. She can punch your wallet faster than an a…

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So I just recently received a phone call from a client I saw years back.  She moved away and I had not heard from her since our last session circa 2011.  When I answered the phone, she identified herself using her first name.  Thankfully, her unmistakable voice allowed me to recognize her im…

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Let’s discuss. I’m not sure if mine are more intense because I’m being forced into menopause but there are times I feel like I’m being broiled in the oven. All my life I’ve been the cold one. The one who had to take a hairdryer in my hockey bag to warm up my skates before putting them on. Or…

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Before I start, let me preface this with the fact that I do not condone cheating. Infidelity rightfully causes resentment and rage and understandably flips lives upside down. The individual who cheats has broken promises, betrayed commitments, and violated boundaries.

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Now, I apologize in advance if it sounds like I am gender stereotyping in this blog entry.  I am simply reporting on observations from my own psychological practice and let me tell you, I do see respective tendencies among men and women when it comes to the concept of Friends with Benefits (…

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Before I start, I’d like to thank the medical community for finding serums to obliterate smallpox, and reducing the cases of polio and working on other infectious diseases like measles.

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To define one’s health and wellbeing can be difficult. Although both terms can be easily defined in a textbook, when you get down to it, being healthy and ones’ well-being can have very different meanings to everyone.

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Did you know that, according to Ethnologue, there are approximately 7,097 spoken languages in the world? That’s remarkable, but, according to me, there are five languages that overthrow all: the five LOVE languages! What are the love languages, you ask? They are the key to strengthening abso…

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I have many vivid memories of myself as a child. Most are very positive, while others a little more negative. One of the more “not-so-positive” memories that I hold was the constant battle I put myself through by comparing myself to others. No matter who I was comparing myself to, I always c…

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While I have had some insomnia due to chemo, I’d like to give some ideas on getting sleep because I’ve tried some.

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Winter Blues getting you down? What better time to start a new practice?  ...a new self-help/therapeutic routine that can seriously make you feel better? Let me start with a few weird questions first. What are you usually thinking about when you are brushing your teeth, or taking a shower, o…

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Stress is inevitable. There is nothing that will entirely remove stress from our lives. That said, its effects are optional. Dawson psychologist, Johanne Godin, uses the analogy of a window when explaining stress. She illustrates that anything below or above the window signifies “unhealthy” …

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That's it: The diagnosis is made and you suffer from sleep apnea. Several emotions surface. Disappointment, worry, nervousness... how do you choose the right treatment? You may feel a little lost. But the good news is, although sleep apnea can not be cured, there are effective and comfortabl…

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Winter is here, and although it may be cold and snowy outside, that is no excuse for a wasted winter season. One winter activity that you can do is create a bucket list with a bunch of fun activities to do, either alone or with family, throughout the season. Making a bucket list excites me f…

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Happy New Year! January always feels like such a fresh start. You have a clean slate to write your year the way you so wish. Often, this brings so much excitement that all we can do is think about the future. We tend to plan, visualize and set intentions for the new year, and although that i…

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A little soft peach fuzz is starting on my head. Whatever used to be there felt like crispy pine needles when I’d rub it. My eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to grow! Neat! My discoloured nails are growing out. Yes, signs of normalcy are popping up.

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You’ll find when your health is put in your face with an illness, there are friends who will treat you the same and others who can’t cope. Let go of the ones that can’t cope, as hard as it is to understand, and accept the kindness and strength from the ones who stay. People can’t cope. In th…