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Counselling and Art Play

Not knowing where you belong or fit in the world can be really uncomfortable. It can affect your sense of self, the energy you have, the goals you set, and the way you relate and compare yourself to others. Mindful art play is one way to change that! Counselling and art play can help expose your inner critic, develop self-compassion, deal with difficult memories, open up your creativity and capacity to cope, and develop your sense of self. Counselling, along with art play, provides a safe and neutral place to explore your feelings and options.

Music and Palliative Care

Caroline’s dad was in palliative care. She wanted to continue singing to him as she had been at home, but he was no longer responding verbally or otherwise. Would he, could he hear her? As hearing is the last of our five senses to fail, he would likely hear! Research in music and medicine also shows that select music decreases the body’s stress response. In the case of family being unable to make the music happen on their own, a certified music therapist is trained to support the family through music and a caring presence during this time.

Wellness of “Real Wellth”

As we develop the concept of this new term “Real Wellth”, it is important to remember this is not a mis-spelling, it is an introduction of a new concept. The definition of “Wellth” is a connection between Wellness and Health (hence the conjunction of words). In the last tip, we focused on understanding what themes “wellness” has in our society today. These themes emphasize the need for consistent active engagement in one’s own personal growth to build personal wellness. Be Self-Full, and prioritize your wellness everyday!

Clean Eating Recipe: Thai Green Beans

Ingredients: 4 cups of mixed beans. 2 Tbsp. Butter. 1″ piece fresh ginger. 1 clove garlic. 1 Tbsp. sesame tahini. 1/2 Tbsp honey. 1 Tbsp. olive oil. 1/2 Tsp. toasted sesame oil. Pinch cayenne pepper. Toasted sesame seeds. Directions: Heat a large skillet over medium heat, toss beans in olive oil until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside in a bowl. Add butter and garlic to skillet on medium heat for one minute and then reduce to low and add cayenne, tahini, sesame oil, honey and ginger. Combine with beans. Top with sesame seeds before serving. Enjoy!

Words to Live By

“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.” – Fridtjof Nansen

Words to Live By

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

Get Energized!

Boost your pre or post workout by incorporating chlorophyll-rich greens with Coconut MCT into your daily routine. Studies have shown when taken before exercising, Coconut MCT may reduce lactic acid build up and encourage the body to burn more fat instead of carbs for energy. These can be found in a greens powder formula at your health food store and added to smoothies or water. Taking it in the morning can also make you feel more energized throughout the day. Look for a greens product with Coconut MCT and Maca for sustained energy plus shelf-stable probiotics included to lighten your supplement load!

Cellular Health from the Inside Out

Our ability to stay healthy and have more energy relies on how well our cells function. And the function of every cell in the body relies on something called redox signaling—cellular messages that help protect, rejuvenate, and restore cells. As environmental toxins weaken our defenses, normal cellular function declines, and with it, the body’s ability to produce and maintain a proper balance of redox signaling molecules. Now there is a technology that can create and stabilize active redox signaling molecules in a consumable form. This proprietary process suspends these life-giving molecules in a pristine solution—a first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge health breakthrough.

Finding Joy

Everyone wants to be happy — but sometimes it can seem so out-of-reach! Happiness is not always an easy target. Maybe you are carrying around a sense of dissatisfaction, irritation, or disappointment that does not go away. Where does this come from? Is it how you are living now, or is it an old experience? Other people say “let it go” – but how do you do that?! How can you change the story? Counselling provides a safe, encouraging place to explore your options, including how to start connecting with what makes you feel satisfied and joyful.

Are You Having Fun?

As an older adult, you know that you need to stay active for optimal mental and physical health. But are you having FUN? Fun and joy are what make us feel truly alive, engaged, and connected to others. The world becomes more vibrant and inviting when we give ourselves permission to laugh and play. Every senior deserves to pursue enjoyable pastimes that make him or her lose track of time or feel like a goofy kid at heart. Plus, many of the best activities for senior citizens cost little or no money. Explore activities that spark the kid in you!

Finding Real Wealth

Famous football coach and cancer survivor “Chuck” Pagano is noted for saying: “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” The concept of “Real Wealth” should be an integration of wellness and health. Combining these two well-known and easily applied words creates a term that captures the soul of an approach to living that works for everyone. Looking at definitions of wellness from the World Health Organization, and good old Google, you’ll find the following themes: conscious effort, self-improvement, a focus on physical and mental health, and the achievement of a higher or improved state of being.