10 Ways to Get Along with Anxiety

Elizabeth Shein

Anxiety, anxious, mental health, physical health, behaviour, stress, coping, mind, body

Anxiety is our body’s natural alarm system. It is a normal and useful emotion when we feel threatened. It can save your life when you run to make it across the road because a car is speeding too fast towards you. However, when the threat is in our minds rather than a real physical danger, problems arise. Most times, the … Read More

6 Tips for Mindful Eating

Elizabeth Shein

Atlantic Canada, where I live, is occasionally hammered by snowstorms. Weather reporters urge us to stock up on “Storm Chips”. Storm coming? Better get my chips! We are all cozied up indoors, waiting to shovel our way out to the world again. As Ms. Domet put it, “Self-control is at an all-time low with storm chips…. You can’t be blamed.” … Read More

Work-Life Balance: 5 Strategies for “Keeping it Real”

Elizabeth Shein

work-life balance, self-care, time management

We hear this phrase a lot these days. It’s sometimes tossed around like it’s easy to achieve. “Is this even possible?” you ask. More than ever before, we play many different roles in our lives. We are workers, parents, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives and volunteers. It’s not easy to achieve balance among all these competing priorities. New technologies … Read More

What is Mindfulness Anyway?

Elizabeth Shein

mindfulness, mindfulness practice, mental health, breath, breathing, well-being, self-care, meditation

More and more, I hear people saying they want to try mindfulness. There has been a huge surge of interest in it. If you google “mindfulness,” you will get almost 50 million hits. But what is mindfulness anyway? Mindfulness is a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully paying attention to what is happening, what you are … Read More

10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Elizabeth Shein

winter blues, seasonal affective disorder, sad, mental health, well-being, holidays, winter

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…and you may not be feeling so delightful. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do both to prevent the winter blues and improve your mood. More than half the people living in places where there are four seasons report having the “winter blues” – a mild depression characterized by a lack of motivation and low energy. … Read More

Reset Your Mood with a Forest Bath!

Elizabeth Shein

forest bath, exercise, mental health, well-being, personal development

In many of our workshops and webinars, we talk about a variety of ways to reduce stress and improve mental health – including exercise. One of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise is walking. Aristotle even taught while he walked and made the outdoors his classroom. The benefits of walking in nature date back to antiquity. Not surprisingly, recent … Read More

10 Tips for Mindful AND Joyful Holiday Eating

Elizabeth Shein

mindful eating, overeating, mindfulness, well-being, health, mental health

The holiday season is here, and no matter how you may celebrate (or not), this time of year often involves eating – lots of eating. This is often followed by a “food hangover” or weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and eat healthier. Does this yearly mantra sound familiar? The food paradise of the holiday season … Read More

Intergenerational Trauma, Healing, and Resiliency

Elizabeth Shein

intergenerational trauma, trauma, trauma-informed, indigenous, truth and reconciliation

Leaving Home “I still remember the smell of the cold metal inside the float plane. It took me far away from home and I was never the same after that . . . They took my culture, they took my language, they took me from my family, my people, the animals, my land, everything I knew and loved.” In a … Read More

Mindful Eating – #stormchips Trending

Elizabeth Shein

mindful eating, eating, food, chips, awareness, attention, gratitude

I live in Atlantic Canada and right now we are in the midst of yet another snow storm. As a result, weather reporters are urging us to stock up on “Storm Chips.” This phenomenon blew up a year ago when Stephanie Domet, a CBC radio host in Halifax, tapped into the zeitgeist in the Maritimes. Storm coming? Better get my … Read More

Tips for Practicing Mindful Listening

Elizabeth Shein

mindful listening, mindfulness, listen, present, mindful communication

How often do you find yourself in a conversation with a friend, partner, or colleague and realize you have no idea what was just said? If you are like most people, it happens every day, and often. We live in a fast-paced world and our minds are often scattered and unruly. You might even be interested in what’s being said, … Read More