Posts in Wellness
How much is too much social media?

A really good question… and honestly, there is no simple answer. Sorry! (Bet you weren’t expecting that, huh? *Cheeky emoji here). There’s so much talk when it comes to “social media cleansing,” which I think is a bit much.

Here’s a different question: how do you feel when you’re scrolling through feeds on Instagram or when seeing articles and comment threads on Facebook? I’m going to take a wild guess and assume it all depends on your headspace. Sometimes the content you see is inspiring, empowering, and uplifting.

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3 Important Lessons from an Injury

I had the weirdest injury happen to me last month. One week, on the Monday, I went indoor rock climbing for the first time. I was definitely on an adrenaline rush as I was facing my fear of heights. I even slipped once, which was scary but I quickly realized that I was well sustained by the gear. Then, on Tuesday, I went for my usual run up and down stairs. Everything went well and I felt like I was getting stronger. I was slowly preparing to run 10km at the end of the month and needed to get back into shape. Next thing I know, on the Wednesday, I wake up with a swollen and painful ankle. What happened? I thought it might be muscular because of the climbing. At first, I did not worry about it so much. After two days, it was better so I decided to go for a run. Although it was not painful during the run, it swelled up much more after. Oops. 

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How I learned to love the gym in 2019

I set big intentions for 2019. Like most of you I’m sure, I took the time to dig deep and reflect on what the passing year meant to me. What did I learn? How did I grow? What do I want 2019 to manifest? 

2018 was a year of big changes; it was a move across provinces, of leaving a life and career I’d built for six years in Halifax, of starting fresh in my home province with a new job, a new apartment, and a new Toronto. 2018 was a year of protecting my health and my heart, and basically just trying to keep my head above water amidst it all. I spent the time to learn what I need to be my happiest self, and this is something I’m taking with me into this new year.

Now, 2019 marks a year of fluidity and movement, of not standing still. I’m ready to welcome new people, new experiences, travel, adventure, love, and growth into my world. This means new habits, new perspectives, and shedding a lot of the old, ingrained preconceived notions that previously held me back from this kind of openness.

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It's Time To Put Your Feelings First

I am constantly trying to take everyone else’s pain away so they can be happy, but sometimes forget to deal with my own mental health and emotions. I used to believe that if everyone around me was happy, so was I. However that’s not always the case. Obviously, it’s nice to help out those around you, but there comes a point when that starts to affect your mental health. Worrying about other people and pushing your emotions to the side is something we often do but don’t realize. Keeping the people in our lives happy will not necessarily ensure our own happiness. This is a common misconception.

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Let’s Talk About Stress

Lots of things can make us feel stressed. For most of us, it’s not just one thing - one thing we can cope with...it’s all the things at once that makes us feel overwhelmed and out of control. Long-term health conditions, debt, social media and email, and housing can all contribute to stress. The pressure to succeed and comparing ourselves to others are both particularly pernicious for us millennials.

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Why Being Healthy Means Something Different to Everyone

Have you ever been in a position where you looked at someone’s picture and thought to yourself, man I wish I was as healthy and fit as they are? This is something that is so common in our society. We are constantly seeing people’s best versions of their lives and we compare how we’re living to theirs. The secret is, not everyone’s life is perfect. Not everyone is healthy 24/7. What we need to understand in this age is that being “healthy” means something different for each person.

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The Top 3 Things I Learned During My Body Transformation

For those who may not know me, I’m Larissa Nicole - a Personal Trainer, soon-to-be Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Writer/Blogger and F45 Trainer - and over the past 8 years, I’ve lost over 60lbs, built a whole lotta muscle and have overcome traumas related to cardiovascular health, bullying, and body dysmorphia.

Although I still consider myself to be a “work in progress”, I now try my absolute best to use my transformation story as a way to teach other women struggling with their weight how to become a stronger, healthier & happier version of themselves and that absolutely anything is possible with the right mindset.

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What I Wish You Knew About Anxiety

Anxiety affects a lot of us but it isn’t a “one size fits all" illness. It presents itself in wildly different manners for men and women across the globe. Sometimes, anxiety is pacing back and forth, fast breathing, and sweaty palms. Sometimes, anxiety is sitting silently in a chair with tears streaming down your face. Sometimes, anxiety is easy to recognize, and sometimes, you would never know about the inner struggle. 

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How To Give Your Body the FULL RESET It Needs To Embark on a New Health Journey

Let me know if any of these scenarios resonate with you.

Have you ever been stuck in a cycle of eating healthy throughout the day, and then indulging in treats later at night - leaving you feeling sick, bloated and powerless to your cravings? ​ ​

What about those days when you're just SO DAMN BUSY that you're constantly finding yourself grabbing the most convenient food available instead of the most nutritious choice? ​

Or perhaps you’re just in a place in your life where you’re feeling a little complacent with your current nutritional habits and are ready to shake things up and get excited about eating healthy again?

If you’ve been nodding your head through any of these scenarios, you are not alone.

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Losing the "Baby Weight"

It is no secret that during pregnancy there is the associated weight gain. The amount varies between women. However, the expectation to get our “pre-baby” body back is the same across the board no matter how much you have gained. What I want the take away from this article to be is this: It took your body a full NINE MONTHS to change, evolve, and expand, in order to grow and give birth to your baby. Logically, it only makes sense that you give yourself at least that same amount of time to lose the weight and get your body back. Tell this to anyone you love who is pregnant or just had their baby (in the least judgemental way possible because you also don’t want to mess with a mama’s hormones). My point is, we need to spread this message to all the ladies out there: 9 months to gain the weight = 9 months to lose the weight…AT LEAST! Let’s just eliminate this expectation that our bodies should just instantly bounce back like nothing ever happened.

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Why we should abandon the idea that there’s only one meaning of “healthy”

 The word “healthy” has so many different meanings to so many different people. There is truly no single way to define the term.

There is always a new food guide or workout plan that is released to try to sell being “healthy”. There are thousands of diets that are promoted to help you lose weight or get in shape, like the paleo diet, keto diet, going vegan or vegetarian, or intermittent fasting. These are just some examples of what people try to promote as being “healthy,” and what you need to do in order to eat healthy. This is the same way for exercising. There are so many different exercise programs that all seem to be the best way, like doing fasted cardio, weight training, or yoga. All these different ideas make it difficult for people to choose what to do, because there are so many conflicting methods to becoming “healthy”. That is not what being “healthy” should mean. Each person needs to create their own definition of the word. 

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Ask yourself: What did you do today? What have you learned? How do you feel?

Today marks Day 54 since I decided to give myself a belated New Year’s resolution and made a commitment to journaling. I originally set out to use it as a tool to encourage motivation, positivity, and alleviate some of the ideas that were overcrowding my thoughts with no other purpose than to feed my anxiety and the common habit of extreme overthinking. Then, I overthought how I was supposed to write in a journal.

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Boost Your Mood With Stretching

Confession: I am a little bit of a high-stress person. I spend a lot of my mental energy worrying, thinking about all the things that could go wrong instead of looking on the bright side. In the world of psychology, we call this phenomenon “catastrophizing”. It’s no wonder that working out can sometimes feel like an added stress because I am already so drained by the chatter going on inside my own mind.

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The Ultimate Way to Up Your Self-Care Routine

Between jade-rollers, salt rocks, and mediation caves, we are constantly inundated with new ways to make time for self-care but why not kick it old school, Freudian style, and go back to basics. What am I am talking about? The ultimate way to up your self-care routine, therapy.

Now, I think everyone should go to therapy; happy people, anxious people, conflicted people, all people. I’ve personally benefited from it and a number of my friends in recent years have as well. To me it’s the epitome of self-care and I love that the rest of the world is (slowly) starting to see it in the same way. 

But, finding the right therapist and knowing which type of therapy will benefit you can be challenging, which is why I invited my long time friend and Registered Psychotherapist Erica Beatson to shed some light on what she does and what to consider when looking for help.

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6 Strategies to Stop Overwhelm Overwhelming You

Your to-do list is never-ending. You seem to keep adding more things to it than you ever cross off. You feel like Sisyphus, continually pushing the same boulder up a mountain.

You feel like there is so much to do that you don’t know where to start. So, you don’t start at all, which isn’t helping. And now your Shitty Committee is in full-flow and you’re criticizing and judging yourself for not doing more and being productive.

That’s overwhelm.

We’ve all been there.

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