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Mindfulness Retreat

The power of mindfulness meditation is well recognized. Indeed, it is the foundation to my personal wellness. But, first I needed to understand the science behind it. Once I did, I knew it was the tool I had been seeking.
Join me at Chalet Point Retreat Centre, where I lead classes in a variety of topics: understanding the concept of self, exploring the mind-body connection, the power of focused attention, and the psychology of motivation. Overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Chalet Point is just a one-hour drive from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Perfect for small groups, with half-day, full-day, and overnight options.

Effects of Concussions on Vision

When someone has a head injury, they typically have vision problems that can be temporary or permanent. When a vision problem is causing or contributing to a problem with reading, balance, or movement, the recovery process will move slowly until the vision component is treated. Some symptoms might disappear after a while, such as eye pain or headaches, and yet other symptoms may remain, such as blurred or double vision, or vice versa. If you suspect that a concussion has caused vision problems resulting in difficulty coping with daily activities, see a developmental optometrist for a visual evaluation.

Stress Handling With Biofeedback

Every day, we have an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts running through our minds. Considering that our minds can only handle 7-10 bits of information at a time, no wonder we start to feel overwhelmed, especially at this time of the year. Unmanaged stress contributes to many health issues, such as headaches, exhaustion, insomnia, chronic pain, and depression, to name a few. Alternative approaches such as Biofeedback testing and treatment are very effective at handling stress. It detects imbalances, or weaknesses, in the stress handling areas of the body, and in turn, stimulates the affected areas to help the mind and body process and handle stress better.

Disability Tax Credit Eligibility

When people have restrictions, physically or mentally, they may be entitled to apply for a tax credit. There are different ways in which a person can be eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). In all cases, the impairment must be prolonged. Also, the person must meet one of the following criteria: 1. Is markedly restricted in at least one of the basic activities of daily living. 2. Is significantly restricted in two or more or the basic activities of daily living (can include a vision impairment). 3. Needs life-sustaining therapy. Expert help is available in applying for this substantial tax credit.

Exercise Your Brain

Just as physical exercise can make and keep your body stronger, mental exercise can make your brain work better and lower your risk of mental decline as you age. Play games you are not already familiar with that involve strategy, like chess or bridge, and word games like Scrabble. Try crossword and other word puzzles, or number puzzles such as Sudoku. Read newspapers and books that challenge you. Get in the habit of learning new things like recipes, driving routes, or a musical instrument. Take a course in an unfamiliar subject. The more interested and engaged your brain, the more likely you’ll be to continue learning and the greater the benefits you’ll experience.

Natural Product Review

Energize your body, boost mental clarity, promote vitality with an energy drink that’s actually GOOD for you! Kyäni Sunrise is carefully designed to provide the body with essential vitamins and antioxidants it needs to flourish. A natural, healthy way to help your energy soar while fighting free radicals. Nature has created a variety of adaptations that help protect plants from stresses. These protective pigments are one of the key antioxidant ingredients in Kyäni Sunrise. Featuring superfoods like the wild Alaskan blueberry, along with a host of other powerful natural ingredients, Kyäni Sunrise is the perfect way to start your day.

Struggling to LOSE WEIGHT?

New Year’s is just around the corner…you know what that means. Yes, New Year’s resolutions! Did you know you can enhance your weight loss through exploring healthy living, exercise, and the removal of waste products? Research shows that the perspiration from an infrared sauna contains 90% toxins and not just water loss! Practising yoga and fitness in far infrared heat will allow you to perspire, detoxify, and burn up to three times more calories (release unwanted weight) than performing these in traditional heating sources.

Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy

To help stay healthy during pregnancy, newly released 2019 Canadian Guidelines for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy recommend 150 minutes per week (over a minimum of 3 days/week) of moderate intensity exercise for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Exercise during pregnancy can cut odds of complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and gestational hypertension by up to 40%.
Exercise should incorporate aerobic and resistance activity. Keep in mind, some days your body will need rest – listen to your body and use rest and recovery days as needed. Exercises to avoid include contact sports, activities with a risk of falling, scuba diving, and exercising at a high altitude and in excessive heat.

Natural Product Review: Black Seed Oil

Black seed (Nigella sativa) is the new preferred therapeutic oil prized for its immune-boosting and antibacterial benefits to reduce respiratory, viral, and digestive ailments. Anecdotally, it’s been said to “cure everything except for death!” And the research is starting to back that up. Studies show that this versatile oil can regulate the immune system, benefit blood sugar, and has anti-cancer activity (Butt et al, 2010). Look for a coldpressed black seed oil and for a synergistic blend, use oregano oil and black seed oil together and with vitamins A and D added to give your immune system the best tools to beat the bugs!

Wishing You Peace and Joy

As we approach the Holiday Season, we may experience a mixture of both excitement and trepidation. Although we may enjoy attending social gatherings, we may also be nervous about talking to people we don’t know. We may be excited about creating a gift giving wish list but are frustrated that we may not have the necessary funds. This mixture of contrasting emotions can contribute to the challenge of the season. Be patient with yourself. Listening to your heart and acting from that authentic place can bring you closer to the peace that the Season represents.

Natural Product Review

Bandits Wellness Blend by Pure Joy Naturals supports your overall health and wellbeing. This blend includes clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils combined. With our cold Canadian winters and all the challenges that go with it, you will appreciate the healthy and effective results that Bandits Blend has to offer. For air purification, add 4-5 drops of Bandits Blend into your diffuser. For coughs and colds, you can add a few drops into a bowl of hot water, tent a towel over your head, and breathe deeply for a rejuvenating home spa experience. For overall wellness, add 3 drops to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oils and massage onto the bottoms of your feet before heading out for the day.