What if this New Year, the resolutions you make are focused less on the external you and more on the essence of you? Self-empowerment and emotional health can become your new goal. A new year brings with it a new energy, a chance for each of us to realize the power within us that is the truth of who we are. No matter what our path is, we all have the ability to tap into this essence. In his book Perfect Health (Harmony, 1991), Deepak Chopra states, “The hidden you that wants to emerge is in perfect balance.” One of the most important things to consider about being self-empowered through balance is that it is a journey that belongs only to you. No one finds balance in the same way or at the same time as somebody else. Looking for Balance Self-empowerment starts with attaining balance in our four main dimensions: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. Why is balance in these dimensions important for self-empowerment? If one of the tires on your car goes flat, … [Read more...] about Resolve to Evolve Within
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You ran around getting ready for the holidays, wrapped 47 presents, visited five different families in two days, and when it was all over, you collapsed on the couch. Now your best friend wonders if you want to set a pact to help each other keep your New Year’s resolutions. “Sure,” you think, resolving to hang out on the couch and order in takeout. Kicking back, you try to recall whether or not you kept your resolutions last year. The problem is that you can’t even remember what you resolved to improve. You wonder: Is it useful setting resolutions or are you just setting yourself up for failure? According to an Opinion Research Corp. survey, only 45 percent of people set New Year’s resolutions in 2005, down from 88 percent who did so in the past. Why have we given up on resolutions? It could be because only 8 percent of people feel that they achieve the resolutions they set. Those of us who don’t follow through on our resolutions end up with a … [Read more...] about Effective Goal Setting
Henry Cavill’s fans are sure to be elated to know how the star transformed himself into Superman. Cavill has been showcasing his muscles on Instagram and inspiring his fans for fitness in 2016. That could clearly be a New Year resolution for you! Keep reading to know more about Henry Cavill’s Superman journey. Can you believe Superman fishing? And to think, there was a marlin bigger than him! A quick glimpse at the above Instagram snap shows Cavill’s broad, muscular frame. The backdrop of the ocean is definitely amazing, but Cavill’s muscular body grabs all our attention! Henry Cavill looks handsome and super fit dressed in green t-shirt and a black cap. He captioned the Instagram pic, “Oh and I’ll sign it too if you like!” The commando challenge is a race with more than 25 obstacles and is full of fun and adventure. It is designed by former Special Forces officers. He insists his fans to take up the commando challenge. One can see … [Read more...] about 10 Times Superman Henry Cavill Showcased His Muscles on Instagram and Inspired Us for Fitness in 2016!
“Are you still watching House of Cards?” This question pops up on the screen after you watch a few episodes in a row on Netflix. Many of us are answering “yes.” Binge-watching TV programs has become commonplace, especially during the winter months when we seek the warm comfort of indoors. But what does this mean for our health? What is binge-watching? In a 2013 Netflix survey, the majority of respondents defined binge-watching as “watching between two to six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.” Almost two-thirds of viewers admitted to doing this regularly. According to cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken, we can thank three main factors for the boom in binge-watching behaviour: better TV shows an uncertain economic climate streaming media services such as Netflix and Hulu “I think people are binge-watching because there are suddenly lots of really good shows,” says McCracken. “The typical binge is two or three … [Read more...] about Is Binge-Watching the New Normal?
Decorated evergreen trees, images of Santa Claus, and colourful lights are familiar symbols of the Christmas season. The Christian celebration is not the only special December holiday in our ethnically diverse country. Your next-door neighbour may be lighting candles to honour each day of Hanukkah, while across the street festivities are under way for Los Posadas or Kwanzaa. Don’t be shy when you receive an invitation to your neighbour’s Kwanzaa festivities or Japanese New Year’s party; show up with a smile and join in! Hanukkah When Also known as Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights” is a holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith beginning on the 25th day of Kislev in the Jewish calendar and lasting for eight days and nights. This year celebrations start at sundown December 21 and end on December 29. Meaning Hanukkah is celebrated as a reminder of the rededication, in 168 BC, of Jerusalem’s holy temple following the Jewish … [Read more...] about There’s More to December Than Santa Claus
British chef, Heston Blumenthal, is famous for his creative cooking. He was awarded honorary degrees from Reading, Bristol, and London Universities for his scientific understanding in cooking. Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants include The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, as well as two pubs in Bray. He was also a guest judge on the MasterChef Australia finale. To win the MasterChef title, Elena Duggan and Matt Sinclair had to prepare Heston Blumenthal’s 91-step grand finale dessert, Verjus in Egg, in five-and-a-half-hours. Gary Mehigan described it as the toughest dish ever. Duggan beat Sinclair with two points on the MasterChef finale. It was not the first time that he had presented the MasterChef contestants with a challenge. In 2015, he presented the finale contestants with an intricate and extremely difficult challenge, the Botrytis Cinerea recipe. This is a 55-step, 17-element dessert recipe. Heston Blumenthal’s pub in Bray, the Hinds … [Read more...] about Heston Blumenthal Wiki: Facts About “MasterChef Australia” Guest Judge
After the busy holiday season, we may feel as if we’ve been caring for everyone except ourselves. However, with the help of a personalized self-care practice, we can feel rejuvenated, optimistic, and ready to tackle our goals. What is self-care? Self-care is the act of refuelling ourselves and attending to our needs. It’s a simple concept, but for many of us, the thought of doing something exclusively for our own pleasure may leave us with feelings of guilt and shame. In a society that values self-reliance and putting others first, it can be difficult to justify taking the time to nurture ourselves. If we notice we’re feeling stressed, running low on energy, and lacking balance in some areas of our lives, it may be time to work on developing a regular self-care practice. Although it may seem that finding the time for self-care is an impossible task, the many benefits indicate it might be worth a try. What are the benefits of self-care? lessened emotional … [Read more...] about The Basics of Self-Care
As our world shrinks and news becomes more accessible, our kids have opportunities to learn—and to lead change. We can help them understand environmental, social, and human rights issues around the globe, and recognize their part in providing solutions. Does global awareness in kids really matter? It does, if we want our children to inherit an earth they can have some control over, making a positive difference where they see problems. Plus it’s good for our kids to care. “It creates a better society that is more respectful of people’s rights, and more compassionate,” says Paula Gallo, senior education manager with UNICEF Canada’s Global Classroom program. “But there are also many ways it’s personally beneficial. It makes you feel better; it improves your brain capacity.” Experts say that children who become involved in their local and global communities have greater self-esteem, enhance their social and psychological … [Read more...] about Globally Aware Children
The hot, hazy days of summer may be over, but cooler temperatures don’t mean it’s time to hibernate indoors. With its vibrant colours and crisp cool air, the fall season offers plenty of opportunities for families to connect with nature. Visit farmers’ markets Fall’s harvest provides a great opportunity to expand kids’ palates. From sweet potatoes, radishes, and winter squashes to fruits such as apples and cranberries, some of Canada’s most flavourful produce is available in the fall. Farmers’ markets are a great place to learn about these delicious harvest foods directly from the people who grow them. Tips and tricks: Ask farmers to share their favourite ways of preparing the fruits of their labours. Kids will love trying their hand at preparing seasonal favourites such as butternut squash soup, apple pie, or pumpkin bread. Participate in haunted festivities With Halloween around the corner, fall is a perfect time to get a little spooky. … [Read more...] about Family-Friendly Fall Activities
When I was 16 years old, I went on birth control. Not because I was sexually active, but because my periods were irregular and painful. Of course, the first thing my doctor suggested to me, was to go on birth control, and everything would soon regulate. Fast-forward seven years later, once I decided to go off birth control, I realized how incredibly confused I made my hormones (and body). The first round of birth control, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, made my face burst out into a horrid rash, and my skin splotchy (weird white spots that took a year to go away). After a month of those pills, I was switched to a regular Ortho Tri-Cyclen, which my body better adapted to, for a full seven years. During some of the most crucial years of a woman’s natural hormone cycle fluctuations, I, like many other girls, was being pumped with synthetic hormones completely un-fit for my body’s needs. When I first went off the pill, it took 8 months to get my first period. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons To Stop Taking Birth Control TODAY