My Year: 2017
Well, I know I'm a bit behind the ball on this one, since we’re almost in 2019. But 2017 was a big year. Full of ups and downs, steps forward and emotional upheavals. This one was a hard to get down on paper, if I'm honest. Let’s start with the easy stuff. Physically I played a season of Touch Football with a team of cops, that was interesting. I hadn’t played Touch since grade 10. And even then I wasn’t in a top team or anything. I’m not a good, fast runner you guys, and I h
How to Increase Your Step Count Each Day
Adding in steps is becoming more and more important in our increasingly sedentary lives. In the past, we’ve heard of the phrase “incidental exercise”. This is when you go out of your way to add steps or more movement into your day. This doesn’t include doing an actual workout. What it does include is things like parking your car further from the shops, taking the stairs, walking to the bus stop or getting off one stop early, lose your remote control so you have to get up, sta
Emotional Eater: Addressing your Negative Emotions
I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember. And I still do sometimes. If you’re like me and know that your emotions trigger eating patterns… whether it’s positive or negative emotions, stick with me while I explain my thoughts. As children we were often rewarded with food. Example: be good at the shops and you get to pick a treat, don’t fight on the car trip and we’ll get McDonald’s ice creams. As adults if something good happens, our brain often wants a reward.
Find a Hobby to Support Your Mental Health
Do you have a hobby? Something that you can do where you just lose track of time. That thing that happens when you lose time and space, you can’t hear people, you’re 100% focused? That’s called “flow state”, most people call it being “in the zone”. Have you ever had a moment like that before? What were you doing? If it was a work task, what was it about that task that you enjoyed? There’s got to be an aspect of that that we can bring to another action and create a hobby out o
10 Ways to Self Care, that Won't Cost a Cent
In my opinion, there's two levels of self care. Number one being – take care of yourself on the most basic level. Shower, eat at regular times, eat generally nourishing foods, get enough sleep. Now this might sound silly to some of us but if you're a shift worker, work from home or have a crazy AF life, these might be the best you can do. And that's fine! Number two is all those things brands have conjured up in our minds about bubble baths and face masks. Which is very love
Emotional Shock: What is it?
Something’s happened – you’ve been let go from your job, someone close to you has had an accident or passed away, you’ve been dumped, kicked out or something else. You feel many things but making sense of anything is not easy. “Psychological shock, a form of psychological trauma, is the body’s very real stress response to experiencing or witnessing an overwhelming and/or frightening event.” Harley Therapy Counselling You may be scared, anxious, unable to think straight, compl
How to Combat Stress Eating
There’s two types of people in this world, those who eat when they’re stressed, and those who don’t. I am type 1, 100%. And since you're here, I’m guessing you’re feeling that too. When we’re stressed, our body goes into a Stress Response. This means our hormones go to work and create a fight or flight response in our body. It does things like pump blood into our limbs, affects our heart rate and it also does a few things to our gut. Our body releases a hormone called Cortiso
6 Ways to Move Your Body at your Desk Job
As an Admin Officer, I have sat at a desk for 8 years. And man have I felt the effects of a sedentary job. Especially as I have been embarking on my own weight loss for 5 of those years. It affects your shape, flexibility, strength, and all of these things can cause back pain. So here’s a few things that have helped me stay mobile. 1) Download computer apps or maybe even phone apps that are on a timer. This will remind you to get up, go for a walk, or grab a drink of water ev
Is Your Relationship Holding You Back?
Many of us have goals, dreams, and aspirations of how we want life to go. You want the man/woman, and when that person comes and you fall in love, and are blissfully happy, what tends to happen is that you put aside your personal goals for a little bit. You’re “all in” on the relationship and forget about everything else for a while. Now for many of us, that means we get a little “fappy” - fat and happy. Some of us relax a little on our studies or career goals. And that’s oka
Decluttering Your Stuff
For the month of July, I declared “Declutter month” in my household. I’ve just been living with too much stuff. And minimalism just keep popping up for me lately. However, I am not going to go that far because I need things. I want to keep the things I actually use, or will need to like luggage or (-20) winter gear. I’ve always felt that having a tidy space, helps put my mind at ease. It lowers anxiety for many people, and I am one of them. So, I’ve been pondering this conce