Archive for: July 2018

Treat Yourself: How to Indulge Healthily (And Enjoy It Just As Much)

You’ve had a long day at the office, you’re tired, feeling a little low. Maybe you were the bearer of some bad news, or perhaps you had an average night’s sleep. Maybe you’ve been working non-stop and are craving some ‘me time’. “Treat yourself,” is the advice you get from friends or co-workers. Whatever the…

Let’s Get Real About Sunscreen: Common Myths and Misconceptions

Slip, slop, slap: It’s been an Australian summertime mantra since 1981, when a catchy television jingle launched one of the most successful health campaigns in Australian history. Australians are still sun-conscious, but recently there’s been a loss of confidence in one of the most popular forms of sun protection: sunscreen. Myths and misconceptions abound about…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting Someone Who’s Having a Panic Attack

Panic attacks are short spurts of intense fear that come on suddenly, often with an unknown or disproportionate reason. An emotional or environmental trigger stimulates the amygdala, the part of the brain that detects danger, and the fight-or-flight system of the body is activated. Panic attacks can produce a range of symptoms—difficulty breathing, a rapid…

How Much More Is Life Insurance for Smokers in 2018?

If you consider yourself a smoker, life insurance may be a worthwhile investment. However, smokers are likely to notice that, when they do take out policies, their premiums are significantly higher than those who don’t smoke. So, to prepare you for potential costs ahead, let’s investigate the insurance process and associated costs for a smoker….

Science Tells Us Just How Much Exercise We Should Be Doing For Our Mental Health

When you’re in the throes of depression, anxiety, a manic episode, trauma, or other mental illness, it’s understandable that a full-blown workout might not be your top priority. Yet, we can’t discount the extraordinary connection between body and mind. Exercise releases endorphins, feel-good hormones that promote feelings of positivity and calm. It requires you to…

Supporting a Loved One With Depression: 4 Challenges and How to Overcome Them

It can be exhausting to have a loved one going through a period of depression. There are multiple challenges you could face as a support system, and most of them come when you’re considering how to move forward. What kind of questions should you ask? What should you say to this person? What should you…

Grow Your Way to Good Health: How Indoor Plants Can Help

There’s no such thing as a quick fix to good health—or is there? Science indicates that you could improve your health just by putting a few indoor plants in your living room. While having plants may not be as effective as, say, exercise and good nutrition, it could help you breathe easier, relax, and even…

Caring for Someone with Dementia? How to Care for Yourself

Being a caregiver is one of the most selfless jobs you can take on. Giving your time and energy to ensure someone else’s well being requires consideration, time, and energy. However, many people forget that in taking care of others, they must also remember to take care of themselves. This is especially true when caring…

Feeling frantic? Five Best Practices for Starting Your Morning Right

So many of us are not morning people. And since most mornings consist of us tumbling blearily out of bed into an insufferably bright kitchen, making coffee, and rushing out the door praying we haven’t forgotten anything, how can we be? Mornings may get a bad rap, but we can re-frame our perspective on that…

5 Challenges New Mums Face and How to Combat Negativity

Being a new mum is a beautiful experience, but it also comes with a host of new problems. You experience highs and lows as you face the most wonderful challenges life has to offer: motherhood. It’s essential to know that you’re not alone while you’re tackling this endeavour. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list…

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