Self-Care and Stress Management: Tips for Caregivers

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it

Last week I discussed cortisol - what it is and natural ways to lower it. Cortisol helps us deal with a multitude of stressors and stressful situations. It is important for survival, but too much can cause problems.

What happens if your cortisol levels are always high?

If you live a very stressful life or happen to be a caregiver to a loved one, you need to set boundaries and start taking care of you!

 Read on for ideas to help you better manage stress, especially if you happen to be a caregiver.

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Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

We’ve all experienced stress.

Maybe you live in a constant state of stress with seemingly no way out. 

If you can’t sleep because your mind is constantly buzzing, if you are fired up and cannot turn off your brain, or if you feel so exhausted all the time that you cannot complete even one of the items on your never-ending to-do list, then you understand what I’m talking about.  

If this sounds like you, read this week’s blog post to discover what cortisol is, what too much cortisol can do to our bodies, and most importantly, what we can do to lower it.


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Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health

Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family!

With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday season!

Most of us look forward to time spent with family and friends. Time to enjoy this festive time of year and share our good fortune with others. In fact, many of us have already started celebrating or anticipating the holidays at the very least.

Yet for others, the holidays can be a challenge, often fraught with anxiety, financial worries, depression, and sadness. If you feel overwhelmed or down when this time of year rolls around, keep reading - I’m about to give you reason to be thankful. 

Practicing gratitude goes a lot further than saying “thanks” - it can actually improve your brain health!

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Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

As a continuation to last week’s blog post about mental health and in an effort to continue education and awareness, this week’s post will focus on foods for optimal mental health and natural ways to deal with a mental health issue or prevent one from occurring. 

We are all affected by mental health problems at one time or another. We can all feel depressed, stressed, frightened, or unsafe at various times. More likely than not, these feelings pass. For some people, however, they can develop into a more serious long-term problem.

Should this happen to you, what can you do about it?

Read on to find out what foods you should be eating and what else you can do. 

Read the full post here.

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World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018 

The thought of “mental health” often makes us uncomfortable. It has traditionally been seen as a taboo subject that people don’t often talk freely about.

Why is this? Why is mental health often swept under the rug and only spoken about behind closed doors?

The outdated and unfounded stigmas surrounding mental health are the driving forces behind World Mental Health Day.

On October 10, 2018, the World Federation of Mental Health presented “World Mental Health Day” with the intention of raising awareness about mental health. To do my part, I’ll be discussing various issues surrounding mental health in a two-part blog series that starts today.

So if you’re struggling with your own mental health, keep reading this week’s post to discover more about mental health along with treatment options and next week’s post to learn about neuronutrition for mental health, so that you can bounce back and regain a healthy mental state.

Let’s open our minds and our hearts to those living with mental illness and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to break down stigmas and learn more about mental health.

Read the full post here.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

Of course our body does need food to fuel itself. And even if we usually eat amazingly healthy foods, we may still overeat. This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.

In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine, you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

Read the full post here.

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Top 10 Brain Exercises to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Top 10 Brain Exercises to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Is staving off dementia and keeping your brain in shape important to you? 

Just like you need to work your muscles to stay in shape, so too do you need to work your brain to stay sharp. Read on to learn about the best brain exercises you can do to keep your brain in optimal working order.



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12 Ways to Make Eating Healthy Meals While Pregnant Easier

12 Ways to Make Eating Healthy Meals While Pregnant Easier

Maintaining proper nutrition throughout your pregnancy is incredibly important, so check out these 10 ways to make eating healthy meals while pregnant easier.

We all know we need to take care of our bodies with healthy nutrition, but it's particularly crucial when you're eating for two. Many of us can excuse subjecting ourselves to unhealthy food, but when it's a baby we're nourishing, the game is entirely different.

As motivated as you may be, eating healthy is still easier said than done. If you're struggling to find healthy meals while pregnant, these tips may help.


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The Application of Mindfulness in Daily Eating

The Application of Mindfulness in Daily Eating

Present day life has stressful demands, and so to keep up we multitask, aided by ubiquitous technology, we're always ready to tweet, text and email. While our devices have encouraged people to do more tasks simultaneously research paints a different picture and it's that multitasking is actually less productive, reduces performance and devastates the brain and body. If you consider multitasking a buzzword for a state of constant interruption then this shouldn’t land as a surprise.

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