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Imagination is a Gift of Healing

Imagine what you would do, where you would go or who you would be if you had the opportunity, for just a few hours, to make that happen? When we visualize our preferred-self we might discover many things. It could lead us to make an important decision to change something that’s been bothersome. It might help us solve a problem or create a new venture. Many of life’s simple and complex discoveries and innovations have come from the use of imagination. Emotional healing can also be accessed through the mind’s ability to envision a new beginning and make appropriate changes. What are you doing with your imagination these days?

Gerry Goertzen, MA Registered Psychotherapist, Riverbend Counselling & Wellness,

See Better In Any Light

Every day our vision is affected but light in one way or another. Glare reduces visual acuity and is less aesthetically pleasing. Ultra violet rays assault eyes everywhere, 365 days a year. These UV A and UV B rays are invisible but accelerate eye aging, especially cataracts. Changing light conditions causes visual discomfort, squinting, and dark/ light adaptation stress. If your lenses are dirty or scratched this will increase light scatter and reduce your visual acuity. Poor contrast and indoor blue light in the visual environment cause eye fatigue. Your Optometrist can guide you and recommend protection for these everyday lighting quality concerns. Your solution may be personalized depending on your environment at work and play, to bring light under control.

Dr. Douglas Puttaert, Optometrist, East St. Paul EyeCare,

The Benefits of Stretching

Stretching can improve your joint range of motion, balance, flexibility and decrease your risk of injury. Here are some tips to help you stretch: Warm up your muscles before stretching with 10 minutes of gentle exercise like walking. Hold a sustained stretch for 10 to 30 seconds and don’t bounce when stretching. Only stretch to the point of mild discomfort. If it hurts, you’re pushing too hard. Breathe normally when stretching and balance your routine by working opposing muscle groups each time you stretch. Remember to check with a health professional before stretching if you have or have had an injury or are unsure how to stretch properly.

Jasdeep Ruprai, Pharmacist, You Drugmart,

Weight Loss: The Real Truth

Weight loss is something that many of us are considering, so what is a safe weight loss goal? A weight loss goal of 1-2 lbs per week is sustainable and possible. The key word here is sustainable. There are lots of fad diets out there that promise and sometimes even deliver the weight loss levels promised. Weight loss is about changes that you make to both your activity levels as well as your food intake. The real equation for weight loss is the difference between calories in and calories out. It really is as simple as that.

Manitoba Fitness Council,

In Your Neighborhood

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre offers a variety of presentations that are of interest to those 55+. Coming up in April:

• Theories of the Universe
• Love Local (showcasing Manitoban and Canadian made food)
• Decluttering Isn’t for the Faint of Heart
• Joint Replacement – What to Expect
• Floods in our History
• Preventing Abuse of Older Adults
You do not have to be a member of Good Neighbours to attend any of our presentations offered. For more information or to register, please call 204-669-1710.
Good Neighbours Active Living Centre,


Natural Product Review

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Gramma’s Home Remedy

Herbs can treat headaches! When you need to get that headache under control, here are some spices in your kitchen that can help. Lemon Balm can soothe tension and anxiety-type headaches. Allspice relaxes your nerves and helps calm your whole body. Allspice has a numbing effect on the nerves and gives relief from pains such as headaches and sinus problems. Rosemary improves circulation, and when blood rushes to your feet it will improve your headache. And lastly, Chamomile is a wonderful remedy for stress, nerves, and anxiety. This one is also safe for children! It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, helping with certain types of headaches.

Maggie Makaruk DD,

Spring is the Season of Love


When the weather warms up, so does our heart. Why is that? Science of course. Spring is a season of cliches — birds singing, bees buzzing and people falling madly in love. All this love can be blamed on one very real thing – dopamine! Every April your brain unintentionally becomes a dopamine factory, turning you into a love junkie. Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical your brain uses to make you want things. There are other systems involved in love, but when it comes to new love, dopamine is the main culprit. And with enough of it swirling around your system, you’re prone to fall in love — and fall hard.

Lianne Tregobov,

Signs of Caregiver Fatigue

Looking after a loved one is an important and rewarding responsibility, but how do you know when you’ve taken on too much and are headed for burnout? Look for these signs that will let you know when bringing in a professional caregiver might be beneficial to both you and your loved one. 1) You’re experiencing physical and mental fatigue. 2) You’ve lost interest in other people and things you once enjoyed. 3) You’ve gained/lost weight inexplicably. 4) You’ve been losing your temper. 5) You’re feeling like nothing you do is good enough. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Right At Home Canada,

Spring is Coming!

For those of us who tend to hibernate during the cold winter months, Spring is the time that we wake up and feel ready to attempt all those upkeep jobs that we put off in the fall. Cleaning up the yard, repairing that broken fence post, cleaning out the rain gutters. However, before starting any strenuous activity, particularly after months of relative inactivity, a good warm up is key. Before trying to pull out that fence post, make sure to walk for a few minutes first to warm up your muscles. Follow this up with some light stretches to ensure that you are loose and ready to work. This will help to reduce that chance of pulled muscles, or even worse injuries.

Dale McVicar CAT(C), BA Certified Athletic Therapist,

Best Way to Eat Fruits

Did you know that by simply adding more whole fruits to your diet you can rejuvenate your cells? However, fruits should be avoided after a meal because eaten on top of a full meal, fruit will lead to the excess intake of glucose as well as indigestion. If you eat fruit 30-40 minutes before a meal, it will help to prevent excess intake of carbohydrates, such as rice or bread, during the meal. Fruits are best eaten 30 minutes to 1 hour after drinking a full glass of water each morning.

Thuy Dao, Kangen Water,