Have you hard about World Health Day? Organized by the World Health Organization, World Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate health and remind world leaders that everyone should be able to access health care. On April 7th 2019, advocacy events will be taking place globally to support the #HealthForAll campaign. Read on to learn about the initiatives in your community and how to get involved.
How many of us get up in the morning, rush out of bed, and juggle our thermos and breakfast in hand out the door? Perhaps you have also neglected the unruly state of your bed, thinking "what's the big deal? No one will notice if I make it!" Admiral William McRaven explains how the simple task of making your bed can be life changing. So, read on and think again about leaving those crumpled covers behind!
It's Sunday afternoon. You've spent the morning slowly rising out of bed, running errands that you've put off during the week, and have even managed to hit up your favourite brunch spot.
Then it sinks in ... tomorrow is MONDAY.
You suddenly feel a wave of anxiety rush over you. The relaxation and enjoyment of the weekend's activities come to a halt. You begin to preoccupy your thoughts about the upcoming work week; thoughts of upcoming projects and meetings, colleagues that you need to attend to, conflicts that are unresolved. Your mood takes a down turn, and you begin to feel irritable and restless. You may even have a tough time falling, or staying asleep as those ruminating thoughts about your upcoming workweek invade your mind. If these feelings resonate with you, you might have a case of the 'Sunday Night Blues.'
2017 is officially here ... which suggests that we begin to conquer our New Year's resolutions with a new light. In fact, the early Babylonians believed that what people did on the first day of the year affected what they did for the rest of that calendar year (Durlofsky, 2016). Although this Babylonian philosophy may a bit extreme, many of us share a similar viewpoint in that we have a blank slate to work with, and a chance to start a new chapter of life! It is the perfect opportunity to start over, refresh our mental state, or change bad habits.
How do you make the time each day to do your best work? Or organize your schedule in order to be more creative and productive? We all have our personal quirks that get us going in the morning, whether it be a routine cup of coffee, or a 20-minute treadmill session. Pondering about unique productivity hacks is what inspired me to pick up the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.
As the warm weather is approaching, we may be dreading that one daunting task that calls our name in the midst of April showers and blooming flowers ... that is spring cleaning! However, what you may not know is that all of that dusting, scrubbing, and roll-up-your sleeves worthy activity can serve us twofold. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of a tidied closet, a sparkling counter top, and open desk spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress and heightened creativity (Psychology Today, 2015). Let's face it, spring cleaning doesn’t just look good, it feels good.
You would think that breaking a habit entails blocking out your inner desires, obsessions, and sensations towards engaging in it, but what if drawing attention to these attributes can help you beat your next urge? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, who studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction has discovered a simple, yet profound tactic that might help you conquer your next desire to smoke, snack, or check your texts during a board meeting.
Life is stressful. Although some stress is not a bad thing, experiencing too much stress can be damaging to your health. What are some ways you de-stress? Have you ever considered aromatherapy? Scientific evidence supports the use of aromatherapy as a "de-stressor" that can help your body experience lower levels of stress.