Healthy Life

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

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Finding gratitude during this Pandemic is a tall order for many people. Our days are often filled with a gamut of emotions. Making a list of the many things that we are grateful for is a great start! Let’s take it one step further. I’ve found myself digging deeper lately. How about you? Ther…

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This pandemic has definitely changed our individual lives in so many different ways. It almost feels like we are in a dream. Or waking up from one. Am I the only one that feels like every single day I am discovering a life lesson that I feel I should have already known?

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus has taken over every major news source. Reporters are sharing frightening statistics about the virus from all perspectives. It’s our job to listen to this news and remain informed about the truth. However, with hourly horrifying updates, it can take a toll on our min…

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Is this a weird time, or what? Social distancing. School cancellations. Quarantine. Limited visits to grandma. Self-isolation. …and I don’t know about you, but after grocery shopping, I proceeded to Lysol-wipe the milk cartons and wash my blackberries in dish soap – if you couldn’t guess, so…

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So you start a new therapeutic relationship with a psychologist who, all things considered, seems good. You have conversations and you get to know each other. Of course your therapist might likely know more about your life’s content than you do about theirs but that’s the way it has to be fo…

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When was the last time you felt excited about life? I think we can all agree that there are times when we feel on top of the world, and that everything is working in our favour. Then, there are other times, when we slip from the peak of the mountain and can’t seem to find the motivation or d…

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A new year is here, and with that, I’m sure you have all set intentions and goals for 2020. Fitness resolutions are the most common ones set by individuals at the start of any new year. We are interested in becoming more fit and active, losing weight and gaining physical strength. 

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There is no better feeling than goal setting in January. You have an entire year ahead of you; a book with unwritten chapters. In January, we are inspired as we set goals in all areas of life that we believe will better ourselves: we set fitness goals, work goals, life goals and everything i…

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There is a lot of talk about decluttering the home or the workspace, but nobody really talks about digital decluttering, or more specifically, social media decluttering. Think about how much time you spend on social media per day. Often, we surprise ourselves with the number of hours we argu…

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We have all heard that we should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day but how many of us or worse our children, are actually doing that? Do we really know what it means to be hydrated? Are we aware of the signs of dehydration?

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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.