our-household-kitchen-rules

We’re pretty laid back in this house. Other than a brief period of time where I worried Hayley would never eat a vegetable EVER (now she’d rather eat vegetables than meat), I’ve never really stressed out about food or meal times. We DO have a few family kitchen rules though. See if any of them sound familiar.Don’t talk with your mouth full so you don’t choke to death.Seriously. No one can understand you anyway because all that pasta is muffling your vocal chords…

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healthy-at-a-desk-job

I think that probably the vast majority of us work in some sort of office space, whether it’s in your home or an office building. This leads to a lot of sitting down all day and letting our health slide. Luckily it’s not hard to stay healthy at a desk job – you just have to put a little mindfulness into it!When you read some of these tips, you might find that you think, “well duh. That’s pretty obvious.” But then ask yourself how many of them…

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hiking-in-halifax-bayers-lake-mystery-walls

After being cooped up for much of the winter, as soon as the weather starts to improve I get eager to do things like get out in my yard, sit on the back deck, and go hiking in Halifax and the surrounding area. Yes, I know there are plenty of things you can do in the winter and I’m not exactly a full-on hermit, but I do prefer to be outside when it’s NOT cold or snowing.A couple of years ago I read Wild&nbsp…

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how-to-use-affirmations-to-improve-your-life

One of the most amazing things about the human brain is that as complex as it may be, you can trick it into believing something just by repeating it often enough. The downside, of course, is that if you constantly tell yourself, “I’m not good enough” or “I am terrible at [insert whatever you’re telling yourself here]” or “I’m stupid,” then you’ll start to genuinely feel that it’s true. The not-always-obvious upside, though, is that this means you can change your story…

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how-to-deal-with-anxiety-at-work

It doesn’t matter what you do in your daily job. Whether you love it or not, at some point your job can cause you stress. Anxiety at work can make the 9-5 (or whatever your hours are) even harder than it already is.Here are some of the things I do in order to lower my work-related anxiety issues.1. Get some sleep.I know, it’s easier said than done sometimes. Insomnia can be difficult and is a topic in its own right. (I created a…

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how-to-beat-the-monday-or-any-day-blues

The blues suck, am I right? A lot of people suffer from the Monday Blues, when the weekend is over, the work week has just begun, and Friday night seems like an eternity away. Sometimes the Monday Blues actually start on Sunday, which can really rob you of the remainder of your weekend. I mean, the weekend is almost over, do you really want to waste what’s left fretting about Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and…)? Yeah, I didn’t think so.It’s easier said than done…

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the-simplest-way-to-drink-more-water

No kidding. This simple way to drink more water is so obvious that you might already be doing it, and if you’re not you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner. I know *I* wanted to know why I didn’t already figure this out.So we all know we need to drink an adequate amount of water to function properly. Our bodies need it and we have a tendency to deny ourselves because we’re too busy drinking coffee and alcohol, or sugary fruit juice…

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how-to-find-time-for-a-meditation-practice

I know how it goes. You welcomed in the new year (or maybe you just decided to create some new habits regardless of the date on the calendar) and you decided you really wanted to start meditating regularly. You had great intentions too! Maybe you downloaded a app or found some meditation videos to follow, or perhaps you simply created a new alarm on your phone to ring daily to remind yourself to sit and meditate.But how often do you make a resolution to yourself only to find life…

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holiday-gift-guide-for-the-stressed-out-person-in-your-life

Once upon a time I was a child of the 80s and I had no idea what stress was. I went to school, came home, played with Barbies in my room or GI Joe figures outside with the boy up the street, and spent my weekend and summers out on my bike. There was no stress. Perhaps you grew up like this too.Then we grew up and found jobs, got our own apartments or houses, and became bill-paying adults trying to figure out how you live your life…

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