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The importance of gut health

More often than not, I have clients struggling with anxiety and depression that also have problems with digestion. Our "gut" says a lot about our overall health, especially our mental health. If our digestive system is not in balance and our parasympthaetic nervous system is not properly act...

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By: Freya Amber

We live in a fast-paced world where stress and lack of sleep are normalized as inevitable — even valued — parts of work life. However, there comes a point where you have to stop putting self-care on the back burner, otherwise you will end up going dow...

Before we begin, think about how many hours of sleep you are actually getting. Adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night in order to be able to best function the next day. Getting ourselves on a regular sleep schedule, and regulating our body to do so, is important for our mental, emotional and physical health. T...

Anxiety is both a physical and cognitive issue. Anxiety can plague our body and our thoughts -- leading to the tightening of our chests, to us not being able to catch our breath, to cycling negative thoughts. So here I present to you a specific practice to utilize when you experience anxiety, both in your body and in y...

People often get stuck in negative thought, reaction or behavioral patterns. What we often don't realize is that those patterns may no longer serve us, and can actually stand in the way of us experiencing serenity. So, here are some of my tips (easier said than done, of course) to help you be happier. Let's change your...

It is not uncommon to find ourselves in a toxic or unhealthy relationship - whether it be romantic, familial or friendly. Once we become involved or enmeshed in toxicity, we may find it difficult to get ourselves out. I want to emphasize the importance of removing yourself from an unhealthy relationship or environment....

It is very easy to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking. Negative and distorted thought patterns can be unhelpful and detrimental to us. The next time you get stuck in a negative thought pattern that causes distress, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I falling into a trap of negative thinking? (i.e., ca...

Just because you and your partner (or family member, friend, etc.) may have differences in opinions, views or communication style, doesn't mean your interactions have to turn into conflict. Conflict is optional. It occurs when one or both partners attempt to coerce the other into adopting their point of view. Fear unde...

Work can be stressful, no matter what type of job you have. Whether it's the people we work with that get on our nerves, or the lack of compensation, or the workplace conditions -- managing stress at work is possible! Take some time to track your stressors. Pay attention to what types of situations, what times of the d...

Boundaries are an important part of practicing self-care and maintaining healthy relationships. I have already written an article on self-care that I hope you have read and enjoyed! Boundaries are often discussed in close relation to codependency. Don't worry, I'll get to that in a later blog post. 

A boundary is quite...

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