Mental Wellness

The PAP

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It’s January, a new year.  Happy New Year to all!  I suggest you make this year about you. As women, mothers, daughters and wives we tend to prioritize everyone else in our lives.  That is just who we are.

Mommy wars: why do we judge?

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to our first prenatal class. It was mostly about relaxation techniques that could be used during labour, and that aspect of the class was very informative. There was, however, little information…

What are you practicing for?

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When preparing for this blog post, I searched “benefits of yoga” which yielded almost seven million results in just 0.17 seconds! After clicking through a couple of the links, I decided that instead of rattling off an impersonal list of…

When it’s time to quit….

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 The New Year is a great time to reflect and take stock of where you are in your career.  Is your work satisfying?  Or do you feel ready for a change? Are things not working out the way you had hoped? …

You should really be going on more dates

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  In my private practice, I work with many couples who are struggling to improve their communication and closeness with their partner. They are often frustrated with their lack of together time but unfortunately have a difficult time prioritizing it….

Why are we so hard on ourselves?

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One day last week, I felt like I couldn’t get my act together. My hair was at least 25% bigger than usual, which made me look vaguely insane. I hated every item of clothing I put on my body and…

Balancing Grandma time and me time

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Hi again! So I’ve been doing a lot of jet setting lately. Sicily in October for 2 weeks (just me and Gramps), then Florida after that, which brought me to the realization that I better get home fast for a…

Let’s talk HPV

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Ok, let’s talk HPV. No it’s not the latest cable channel on your television.  It is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  HPV is also known as human papilloma virus.  You can acquire this virus by genital sex, anal sex,…

The winter coat round-up

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This time of year is rough. It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and there’s an endless, frigid winter right around the corner. Also, we’re at the tail end of leather jacket and cute ankle boot season, which makes…

What it’s like to give up mascara

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This month I took on the gargantuan task of giving up mascara. Ok, that may be a slight overstatement, but as I mentioned in my original Year of Living Freely post, this was the one  I was most afraid of.

Bottom’s Up- Movember is Here!

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  As you may already know, November is also fondly known as Movember; the month of awareness for prostate cancer. Although this topic may appear to be of interest to men only, I can assure you that as a nurse…