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There are so many things that we do in our lives when we try to reclaim our health. We eat better, we juice instead of drinking beer, we have tea instead of wine, we exercise, we do everything right. However, one huge aspect of good health often gets overlooked – sleep.It’s not a big surprise that it does. Sleep is boring. Sleep is for the weak! Right? Wrong.I get the sleep sacrifice, I really do, because I am often guilty of it myself. I’m not a morning…

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I want to preface this with my official disclaimer: For the most part I am an excellent sleeper. I’m not very good about actually getting myself into bed; I’m usually up until at least midnight on work nights and when the weekend hits? Well, weekends are when I just might be up until 3 or 4 am for whatever reason. I’m just a night owl, and it’s pretty difficult for me to change myself into an early to bed, early to rise girl (I’m a…

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I’ve spent a long time fighting off anxiety but here are some very simple truths.1. Preventing anxiety is easier and more effective than it is to let the anxiety happen and then try to get rid of it in the heat of the moment (although if it does sneak up on you then my favourite breathing technique works very well too).2. If I let myself slip and I don’t use these preventive tactics regularly then the anxiety comes back and it comes back like a bitter…

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Calm your anxiety

I’ve written on more than one occasion that I struggle regularly with anxiety. Not only do I have anxiety overall, I also tend to enjoy panic attacks with it (and by enjoy I mean NOT AT ALL). I first encountered it back when I was in grade ten. It seemingly came out of nowhere and plagued me with cold sweats, terrifying dizziness, and a feeling like I might throw up. You can imagine how fun that was. At the time there weren’t as many advances in mental health awareness so I had no idea what was wrong with me – and neither did my parents or a slew of doctors and specialists. Luckily it turned out that stream of anxiety was triggered by being in over my head in advanced math and advanced chemistry, both of which I was failing spectacularly. Once I got through the year and hit summer, my ailment disappeared and I never gave it any more thought.

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It wasn’t a long weekend here in Canada (our long weekend was last week). However, even though it was only two days long it was excellent.

Before the work day was even over I was able to slip downstairs during my work day to meet Prime Minister hopeful Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party. I was very happy to meet him, shake his hand, speak to him, and even get a (blurry as hell) photo with him. Good times! My mother screamed on the phone when I told her.

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That was pretty exciting, I’m not gonna lie!

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I had such a great weekend. Friday night I just hung out with the kids watching a few of their shows (Breanna is really hardcore into a show called “The Next Step” which is a faux-reality show about a dance school and I really enjoy watching her watch it) and then I relaxed once they went to bed since George was playing.Saturday morning I got up somewhat early so that I could eat two pieces of toast with almond butter before heading out on a run. Last week…

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Today I headed into work earlier than I absolutely need to and had originally intended to read while relaxing in the massage chair. However, a woman on the bus commented to her daughter that it was such a beautiful day and I thought, “you know, she’s right!”So instead, I headed down to the waterfront to spend 20 or 30 minutes meditating by the harbour like I’ve done before. It’s a great way to shake off anything that’s bugging you, and it’s also a nice…

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in NaBloPoMo 2012, Video, Yoga

A yogic interlude

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The weekend before last, I was trying to ignore the pounding outside as people worked on re-siding the house by doing some yoga. For the heck of it I decided to film some of it. (You can see me at one point watching one person walk back and forth in front of the living room window; I was wondering if anyone could see in!)Since it was about nine minutes long, give or take, I decided to speed it up for you. I sometimes do my yoga flow quickly…

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“Eyes right” is a special honour designated by the military and normally only reserved for dignitaries. On November 11th, Remembrance Day, I not only think of those who have given so much for our freedoms and to those who will continue to do so in the future, but I share one of my favourite videos ever.Eyes right, young soldier…

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