I can't wait until...

I can't wait until...

This has been an incredibly busy summer. It has flown by. And the last 7 days were the peak. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training (that's right! I am a certified yoga teacher!) and immediately drove 5 hours to go to my brother's wedding. Which was amazing.

But, you know what I was thinking the whole time during the last seven days? 

"I just need to make it until Monday. I can't wait until this is all over."

Sound familiar?

Wouldn’t You Rather Hang Out with Your Llama?

Wouldn’t You Rather Hang Out with Your Llama?

I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with a friend, her dogs and her llama (you read that right…her llama) on her beautiful, country property. We enjoyed lunch together, a walk through the fields AND we spent about an hour clearing things up on her computer. I showed her how to do a few things that will make her online and tech life a little easier and perhaps even more enjoyable. This got me thinking…how much time are you spending trying to figure out how to get from where you are to where you want to be with your health?

Why Movement Matters...and Why "Exercise" Doesn't Cut It

Why Movement Matters...and Why "Exercise" Doesn't Cut It

We all know that exercise is good for us. But we have been duped into believing that 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day is all that’s required to keep us healthy.  It is now known that someone who participates in frequent intense exercise isn't necessarily home-free. In other words, you might be getting the recommended level of exercise, but it doesn’t undo the fact that the rest of the day you’re fairly sedentary.

My Rock Bottom (Wasn't What I Thought)

My Rock Bottom (Wasn't What I Thought)

After years of suffering and fighting the reality that I lived with Depression, it could no longer be ignored. I tried to pretend it wasn’t there. I would put on the smile, show up and do what needed to be done. In fact, I would do MORE than what needed to be done. I was reliable, dependable, a hard-worker and good at my job. I was a great friend and seemed to be “happy.” But behind that exterior I was in pain. 

Goodbye, Stress!

Goodbye, Stress!

If you are a high-achieving, hard-working, heart-centred career woman ready to up-level your health in order to up-level your impact, read on! This is for you if you're ready to say good-bye to stress, overwhelm, depletion and exhaustion and hello to the ease, balance, flow and simplicity you desire.

How to Beat the Winter Blues: Episode 2 of 3

Hey friends!!

So, let's get right to it! Today I want to bring you another tip or strategy to use to beat those winter blues. If this is something you struggle with, the information in this video could be a game-changer for you. When I started implementing this, it made a huge difference to my energy levels, my mood, my sleep and my overall well-being. So tune in!

What do you think? If you still need some convincing or clarification, check out this article that I mentioned in the video: Light Therapy

Regardless of whether or not SAD is something you're dealing with, or if you think light therapy will (or won't) work for you, here's one thing I know: When it comes to brain and mood health, having a plan or structure in place to manage it, and having the support and accountability to follow-through on that plan are IMPERATIVE to your success. 

If you're ready to make the most out of this winter and you've decided this is your time, then schedule a Discovery Call with me now and we can chat about your next best steps. You've got nothing to lose and a whole winter's worth of LIVING to gain!

Cheering for you!

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How to Beat the Winter Blues: Episode 1 of 3

Hiya friends!

November brings with it an anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, but it also brings colder days and a time change. While the extra hour of sleep (for one night) is great, it doesn't make up for the fact that the sun is gone by 5:00 p.m. and it feels like we live in constant darkness...especially if you leave for work before sunrise and get home after sunset. 

The temperature, light (or lack thereof), and bleakness of November can be a recipe for the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by depressive episodes that are related to seasonal changes -  most often winter. If this is something that you are affected by, do not fear!! You are NOT doomed to suffer all winter long. You can actually take some proactive measures to help you successfully navigate the darker months.

As some of you may know, depression is something that I've dealt with for quite a while. Winter time is often the hardest for me. My moods drop, I lack energy and feelings of hopelessness often set in. So I definitely know I have to take extra care when it feels like the environmental conditions are against me. Tune in below for my first, very simple tip to beating the winter blues.

Beating the winter blues isn't easy, but you CAN make a big difference by having a plan of action that includes taking proactive steps. 

One of the biggest game-changers for me was getting a support system in place to really encourage me when I need it and to apply a dose of tough-love when necessary. So, if you feel you could use some extra support and some structure to help you get through this season, get in touch with me here and we can make time to chat.

I'm cheering for you!

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Are you missing out by NOT doing this one thing?

Last week I was a lot less visible in the social media world than I normally am. And there was a reason for that. Perhaps you can relate to how I was feeling...a little overwhelmed, maybe a bit frazzled? My mind needed a break. So I took a step back.

We are conditioned to think that being busy and constantly "doing" is honourable. We often feel that if every minute of our day is not filled with doing, we're being lazy, irresponsible or we're simply wasting time.

What if I told you that you are actually missing out by NOT doing nothing?

If you are hounded by guilt when you're not busy checking things off your list or accomplishing, then this video is for YOU!

Are you committed to creating time for nothing? What do you imagine creating time for nothingness might do for you?

Sometimes it's easier said than done. Often the simplest things are the hardest to implement, especially if you don't have the support and accountability. If this sounds like you, I'd love to chat!

So, in order to hold myself accountable, here is my commitment to you: I am scheduling "Nothing Time" in my calendar EVERY DAY so that I can nurture creativity in my life and my work.

So, what do you say to doing nothing? Are you in??

To your Health!

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Warm Lemon Water: Great for Clean Fingers AND for Your Health!

One of the things I love about the fall is cozying up with a hot drink in the morning. There's nothing like starting the day with a warm cup between my hands. But, I'm not talking about coffee!

One of my favourite drinks is warm lemon water. Growing up, I thought the only thing warm lemon water was good for was washing my fingers after chicken dinner at Swiss Chalet. But it's actually a great addition to your arsenal of healthy habits!

Perhaps warm lemon water isn't your cup of tea yet (pun intended). So, if you need a little convincing, check out the video below for 5 benefits of drinking warm lemon water. This could be a morning time game changer for you!

I can't wait to hear how it goes implementing this little ritual into your day. So give it a try, and let me know!

To your Health!

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Eat these 4 Foods to Combat Stress!

Hiya, Friends! 

I've been talking a lot about stress lately. It's for a good reason! As I mentioned in a video last week on my Facebook page (check out Simply Well Health Coaching if you haven't already!), stress-related issues are responsible (directly or indirectly) for between 75% and 90% of all doctors visits. That's a huge number!

Not only can low-level chronic stress contribute to physical ailments, it can also rob us of the enjoyment of our day-to-day lives and leave us "can't wait-ing" our lives away (you know what I'm talking about: "I can't wait for the weekend," or "I can't wait for my vacation...I just have to make it until then!").

One of the things I love about working with my clients, is helping them see the possibility of living a life they truly love every day by learning how to realistically manage and cope with stress  in a productive and effective way.

While managing our external circumstances and our mindset can go a long way to minimize and cope with stress, we often don't recognize that what we put into our bodies can either create more stress or help alleviate it. 

So, to get you started (or confirm that you're on the right track), here's four foods you'll want to include in your regular diet to help combat stress:

1. Avocado: This amazing fruit is packed with B-vitamins, among other nutrients, that are vital for healthy nerves and brain cells. In fact, it has been suggested that feelings of anxiety may be caused by B-vitamin deficiency. Avocados are also packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and potassium (even more than bananas!!), which help to lower blood pressure. Not a fan of avocado? You can always blend them in a smoothie or throw them in homemade banana ice-cream to get the stress-busting benefits without the taste or texture if you're not a fan.

2. Seeds (my faves?? Chia, Flax and Hemp): These little guys pack a serious nutrient punch. The reason they are so helpful in the fight against stress is they're full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These are essential fatty acids that our bodies can't produce on their own and are known to help reduce stress and anxiety, boost concentration and improve mood. They're also full of protein and fibre...what more could you ask for? Add these seeds to smoothies, salads, dressings or oatmeal for a nutrient boost and to help reduce stress.

3. Leafy Greens: Spinach isn't only good for building strong muscles a la Popeye! These greens and others (like swiss chard and kale) are full of magnesium which is known to help reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being. In addition to salads, you can add these greens to casseroles, and sautéed as a side-dish. And let's not forget the trendy green smoothie. While trendy, it's also an easy and quick way to get several servings of these nutrient dense veggies!

4. Blueberries: I'm sure it's no surprise to you that these delicious berries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. But why are these important for stress-reduction? Stress can cause cellular damage. Vitamin C and antioxidants are necessary for the repair and protection of our cells. A small handful of blueberries can go a long way to mitigating the effects of stress. Eat them with oatmeal, in a smoothie, or on their own, but be sure to buy organic if you can as berries are often pesticide-laden.

While this list is not by any means complete or exhaustive, it's just meant to be a friendly reminder that it doesn't need to be hard to make small, positive changes to help you proactively manage stress. Every little bit helps! Include these foods in your regular daily diet to set yourself up for success before the stress even hits! 

I'm cheering for you!

To your health,   

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