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Brighter Smile This Holiday

Transform your smile with Pola Light, an advanced tooth whitening system promising a brighter, more confident grin in as little as 5 days. Combining Pola’s award-winning whitening formula with an LED mouthpiece, this kit ensures a faster treatment—only 20 minutes a day. Pola Light is not only effective but also portable and rechargeable, offering convenience for at-home use. Enjoy the benefits of a quick and safe solution that removes long-term stains, restores your smile to its natural brilliance, provides extra hydration to minimize sensitivity, and includes remineralization for stronger teeth. Pick up yours for FREE with any new adult booking for an exam, x-rays and hygiene. Also available for purchase as a perfect holiday gift.

Dentures and Festive Smiles

Celebrate holidays confidently with dentures, embracing festive moments with a big smile. Indulge in your favorite holiday feasts with proper fitted dentures. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your dentures in optimal condition throughout the holidays. Whether it’s sharing laughter, enjoying special treats, or engaging in family traditions, your dentures should enhance, not hinder, the joy of the season. With a secure fit and proper care, you can savor the flavors of the holidays, ensuring that every bite is a delightful part of your festive celebrations. Cheers to a season filled with joy and worry-free smiles!

The Power of Exercise for Depression and Anxiety

Exercise is not only about keeping our bodies fit; it has proven to be a helpful tool in easing the challenges of these mental health issues. This essay will explore the science behind this connection, how exercise can break negative patterns, its social aspects, the importance of unity between the mind and body, its role within a bigger approach to health, and practical steps for using exercise to deal with depression and anxiety.
The Science Behind It
Exercise’s impact on mental health is due to complex brain processes. When we move our bodies, our brains release chemicals called endorphins, called “feel-good” hormones. These substances are linked to feeling better and experiencing less pain. Exercise also influences other important chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, which play important roles in how we feel. This means that regular exercise helps create a better balance of these chemicals, which can help manage depression and anxiety.
Regulating Stress
When we’re stressed a lot, it can make depression and anxiety worse. This is where exercise can help. Physical activity makes our bodies produce hormones that fight the effects of stress. This helps reduce the impact of stress on our mental health. By helping our bodies deal with stress, exercise becomes an important way to stay strong when life gets tough.
Breaking Negative Patterns
Depression and anxiety can lead to a cycle of negative thoughts and feeling tired all the time. Exercise can break this cycle. When we do physical activities, we shift our attention from negative thoughts to action. This change in focus helps us feel better and accomplish something, even if it’s a small achievement like a short walk or gentle yoga. By breaking the cycle of negativity, exercise opens the door to feeling mentally healthier.
The Social Aspect
Exercise isn’t just about doing activities alone. Group activities like team sports or fitness classes are also about connecting with others. Humans are naturally social creatures, and these social interactions can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation that often come with depression and anxiety. Being part of a supportive community while doing physical activities can make us feel like we belong and improve our overall mental well-being.
Balancing Mind and Body
Exercise goes beyond physical benefits. Practices like yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness-based exercises emphasize how moving our bodies and breathing can work together. These practices encourage us to be present in the moment. This mindfulness helps us manage the overwhelming thoughts and feelings that come with depression and anxiety. By focusing on the present, these exercises create a space for relaxation and emotional healing.
A Bigger Approach
While exercise can help with depression and anxiety, it’s important to remember that mental health involves many factors, like our genes, our environment, and our life experiences. Exercise is just one piece of the puzzle. It works best when combined with other treatments like therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
Getting Started
Using exercise to cope with depression and anxiety doesn’t have to start with intense workouts. Small steps matter. Walking, swimming, dancing, or trying gentle yoga are all good ways to begin. Consistency is more important than how hard you push yourself. Starting slowly and gradually increasing the time and intensity of exercise can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Exercise isn’t only about physical fitness; it has a big impact on our mental health too. Based on science, exercise affects our brain chemistry, stress response, and overall well-being. By breaking negative cycles, building social connections, and uniting our mind and body, exercise provides a well-rounded approach to mental health. It’s not a magic solution, but it’s a key part of a comprehensive strategy that lets us take control of our well-being. As our understanding grows, exercise could become an even more important part of mental health care.

Words to Live By

“Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful holiday season. Invest time for everyday wellness and create great choices for self-care and healthy living throughout 2024. Thank you for supporting Local” – Happy Holidays from the Wellnessnews Team

Vibroacoustic Therapy for Dementia

The prevalence of dementia is increasing with the ever-growing population of older adults. Non-pharmacological, vibration and sound-based interventions were reported by the Lancet Commission in 2020 to be the first-choice approach for managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms. Vibroacoustic Therapy is a therapeutic approach that harnesses the power of vibration and sound to alleviate some of the cognitive and emotional challenges faced by individuals living with dementia. Vibroacoustic therapy can trigger positive emotional responses, evoke memories, and enhance communication among dementia patients. It offers a non-pharmacological complement to manage symptoms and enhance the quality of life for both patients and their caregivers, fostering a sense of connection and comfort during a challenging journey.

Boost Energy Levels This Winter

In the winter months, maintaining adequate levels of vitamin B12 becomes even more important for boosting energy and combating seasonal fatigue. With shorter daylight hours and limited sun exposure, our bodies may produce less of this essential nutrient, leading to potential deficiencies. Vitamin B12 is vital for energy production, as it aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the formation of red blood cells, which transport oxygen to cells and muscles. During winter, incorporating B12-rich foods like lean meats, fish, dairy, and fortified cereals into your diet or considering supplements can help sustain energy levels, alleviate winter lethargy, and promote overall well-being in the face of reduced sunlight and increased cold weather demands.

Overcoming Dentist Anxiety

Dental phobia has become ingrained into our society with phrases like ‘pulling teeth’ being used to mean difficult and unpleasant. As a result, an important part of the dentist’s role has become putting the patient at ease, making them secure and comfortable. Those with dental phobia tend to avoid dentists. Unfortunately, putting off regular checkups is a good way to end up with gum disease or other problems, which is why establishing a good patient-dentist relationship is so important. If you are a person who suffers from dental anxiety, mention it to your dentist and they will work with you to find a way to alleviate the stress.

Dentures vs. Implants

Dentures are removable teeth which replace the natural teeth and cover a portion of the gum. Your denturist will recommend either full dentures, which replace all the natural teeth in the upper and/or lower ridge, or partial dentures, which replace some of the lost natural teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, consist of an anchor or screw-like component that is fastened into the jawbone, then the denture is attached to the implant to hold it into place. Speak with your local denturist to learn more, and which option is right for you.

Local Spotlight: Monarch Family Therapy

At Monarch Family Therapy, we offer a variety of therapeutic and educational services for children, adults, families, and professionals across Manitoba and provide an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes all identities and abilities. We provide children and their parents/caregivers opportunities to build connection and healing with an emphasis on developing secure attachment relationships. Areas of support include: Attachment & Parenting; Grief & Loss (death, divorce, child welfare involvement/foster care, ambiguous loss); Complex Developmental Trauma/Childhood Trauma; Emotion Regulation (ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing & Trauma); Behaviour Challenges (home/school/community); Sensory Processing Disorders; Developmental Delays; Depression & Anxiety; Adoption; Abuse, Neglect & Child Welfare Involvement; Children in Care & Permanency Planning; and Developmental Assessments by our on-site occupational therapist.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Recently, society has made big strides in understanding mental health. Yet, one area that needs attention is mental health at work. Although things are improving, talking about mental health at work is still tricky. This can lead to silence and misunderstandings. It’s really important to change this and make a workplace where everyone understands, cares, and works well together. The Struggles We Don’t See. Many more people struggle with mental health than we think. It affects millions globally. However, because of the shame around it, lots of people feel like they have to hide their problems, especially at work. They’re scared of being judged, treated badly, or hurting their careers. This forces them to suffer in silence, hurting how they feel and how they work. What Happens When We Ignore Mental Health.
Ignoring mental health at work doesn’t just hurt individual workers; it hurts the whole company. Studies show that when workers feel good mentally, they do better at their jobs. If we don’t help with mental health issues, it can lead to less work getting done, more time off, and more people quitting their jobs. These problems cost a lot of money, and businesses can’t just ignore them. Changing How We Think.
To get rid of the shame around mental health at work, we need to change how everyone thinks. It starts with the bosses. Leaders and managers set the tone for how everyone feels about mental health. If they show that mental health is important and create a place where people can ask for help, workers will feel better about getting help when they need it. Talking About It. We need to encourage people to talk openly about mental health. This is a big step to ending the shame. When workers can talk about their mental health without worrying about what will happen, they’re more likely to get help early. This stops things from getting worse. Training that teaches workers and bosses about mental health, its signs, and where to get help can make a big difference. Being Flexible. It’s important to have flexible rules at work to help with mental health. Letting people take time off for their mental health without feeling bad about it shows that you care about how they feel. Having flexible hours or letting people work from home can also help those struggling with mental health take care of themselves while doing their jobs. Finding Help. Companies should offer ways for workers to get help with their mental health. Things like counseling, employee assistance programs (EAPs), and activities to help with wellness can really help. If companies make these things normal, it won’t feel like asking for help is weak. People will see that mental health is as important as physical health. Leading by Example. When bosses and managers talk about their own mental health, it sends a powerful message. It shows that mental health struggles are normal and getting help is a sign of strength. This can make a big difference in stopping the shame and making everyone feel supported. Checking How We’re Doing. To have a healthy workplace, we need to keep working on it. We need to check how well our mental health programs are working and make them better. Asking workers what they think and keeping an eye on things like how often they miss work or leave the company can show us how we’re doing. Good for Everyone. Ending the shame around mental health at work helps everyone. Workers can feel better, work better, and enjoy their jobs more. Companies benefit too, with more work getting done, fewer people leaving, and a better reputation. In the End. Taking care of mental health at work isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s also really smart. Companies that care about their workers’ mental health do better in many ways. To stop the shame, we need to keep working on it, teaching people about it, and creating a place where everyone feels safe. This helps everyone have a better future.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to driving awareness about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment options. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women globally, and within Canada, it is the third most-commonly diagnosed cancer, accounting for 25% of all cancer diagnoses in females. As you get older, your risk of developing breast cancer increases, and women between the ages of 50 and 69 years of age are more likely to develop it. The good news is, when detected early, the chances of survival increase. Regular screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, before cancer has a chance to spread.