8 Mindfulness Tips for Women

Finding balance in our busy lives is essential to well-being. Below you will find a list of tips on how to create balance. These tips are meant to help women navigate their way through their busy lifestyle while still finding room for personal time and growth.   Create Routines: My mornings go 100% better when I follow a routine. The …

Building Resilience

The concept of resilience can be hard to define and its relevance to mental health is often missed. Dictionary definitions touch on the capacity to recovery quickly from challenges or setbacks.   I tend to think of resilience as our “bounce-back” factor.   This can apply to both individuals and groups; it can also apply to broader systems such as …

The Importance of Trying New Foods

There are many reasons why trying new foods is beneficial. You can: Broaden your flavour horizons. What is your favourite food? That’s probably an easy question to answer because you’ve answered it many times before. We all have foods we know we love, but why not make room for some new favourites? Just as our food preferences have evolved since …

Eyes on Which Prize? How Goal Orientation Can Influence Our Exercise Habits

For many, the practice of a fitness routine involves goal setting, with two main orientations:  outcome goal orientation (also known as a competitive goal orientation) and task goal orientation (aka. mastery goal orientation).   An outcome orientation is based on social comparison and outperforming others, whereas task orientation emphasizes improvement relative to one’s former self. People can be simultaneously outcome …

The Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

In my work with children and adolescents, their parents will initiate therapy in a quest for “tools,” “skills,” “strategies,” and “resources” to help with some issue. Adult clients ask for these things too. Very often, people seem to be looking for tangible ways to lessen the symptoms of depression or manage anxiety – a solution to a problem.   As …

Why Journal?

When you journal, you are essentially reflecting on what happened in your day, whether it’s mentally, emotionally, or physically. The power of reflection is that you are collecting data on yourself to write your story. For example, you are reflecting on what caused you stress, what you ate or didn’t eat that upset your gut, or maybe just about your …