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How to sleep well during times of crisis

“You don’t have to have a long-term sleep issue to be sleeping less soundly during this unprecedented time” explains Dr. Wayne Pernell, breakthrough coach, relationship expert, best selling author, and international speaker. “Sleep issues can happen to the best of us amid this much uncertainty. That’s why we need to practice excellent sleep hygiene.” The same way we need to shower and brush our teeth every day, we also need to attend to our sleep hygiene. Below are Dr. P’s tips for how to sleep well despite the uncertainty in the world: · Keep a notepad and pen by the bedside and do a brain-dump. Yes, go old-school. Do NOT pick up your phone. Use a notepad to park your thoughts. · If you wake up in the night, don’t just lie there.  When you wake up, get up.  Wait about 15-20 minutes.  Sit out on the couch or at

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Mind

So, Covid’s made you a Hot Mess. Now What?

If in addition to all things covid, you suddenly realize that everything in your life sucks, it may be time to make some changes. And if you’ve graduated from life sucks to official hot mess status, the sooner you fix it, the better. You may not even know where to start, so here’s a foolproof plan that you can work on while stuck at home to get back on track. Stop Blaming Everyone Else. This may actually be the hardest step. When things go wrong we tend to look at others and point the finger. But it simply can’t be everyone else. Taking ownership of mistakes and shortcomings is often painful, but it’s an essential step. Clean up Your Social Media - Nobody cares. Really. Read back through your posts and see how many times you complained, used foul language, or went on a full blown rant. It’s been said that psychiatrists can diagnose

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Mind

How to positively influence others

You don’t have to be a “somebody” to be a leader. You, just as you are, can be a positive influence on others and change lives. The word “influence” gets thrown around a lot these days. Once upon a time, it felt like I only heard the word “influence” in a negative con- text from my mother who was constantly trying to steer me away from hanging out with the “too-cool-for-school” kids. But today, the word “influence” has become a real hot topic. More than ever, leaders are looking to positively influence their teams in the workplace, parents are focussed on positively influencing their children’s emotional development, and people online are striving to become “influencers” in order to, believe it or not, influence people. But what exactly does the word “influence” mean? I’ll admit, leadership and influence aren’t things I grew up think- ing about. But as my journey has

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Mind

Not ready to retire

Growing up on a small farm in the country, my life plan was to get an education and see the world. It worked out well—just not how I thought it would. When I called it quits after 41 years of working for the same company, I wasn’t throwing myself into a black hole of the unknown. I never thought of calling it “full retirement” because that wasn’t in my plan. My years as reporter, editor and bureau chief at The Chronicle Herald afforded me a world of experiences and a wealth of contacts, all useful in the years to come. I started in the newspaper business more out of desperation than by design. I had my sights set on university after high school, but with an unfavorable climate at home I decided to leave the farm. I spent the summer with a friend in Halifax, picking up odd jobs. Money was scarce so I

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Mind

How to Age with Resilience

While our senior years can bring vulnerabilities (as we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic), the good news is that these years also bring with them opportunities for resilience. Lived experience and the emotional maturity to age well makes seniors more likely to take challenges in stride. In fact, we’ve known for some time that a healthy attitude towards aging can extend life expectancy by as much as seven years, the equivalent of having never smoked. The trick, though, is to create a world around us that gives us the resources we need to keep being our best and boldest selves. There are plenty of things seniors can do to decrease stress, maintain mental and physical health, and make the most of this remarkably important phase of life. The real threat when we age is that retirement or our children moving away will decrease the sources of support we’ve nurtured over

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Longevity

Coming back from paralysis

Who could predict that the experience of contracting and recovering from this debilitating disease could teach so much? ON January 9 of 2013 I found myself standing at the reception window of the emergency wing of our hospital. By evening I could no longer stand and by next morning I had lost the use of my hands, legs and abdomen. Over the next three days I continued to lose the ability to work any muscle below my throat. I had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a variant of multiple sclerosis, where the myelin coating on the signal lines between brain and muscle was being destroyed. This was scary, to say the least, especially since I had GBS once before, in the year 2000, and knew I could lose ability to breathe, to swallow and to talk. I could die. I was afraid of those possibilities as I lay in the Intensive Care Unit. I

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Mind

Creating a path to self-confidence

It’s not about being perfect. Self-confidence is about trusting in who we are right now. We need to stop doubting ourselves. Let’s face it, we hear the term “self-confidence” a lot these days. Social media is full of uplifting quotes telling us how important it is; so why are we still struggling? I think a big part of the problem is that we aren’t sure what it is. The dictionary definition of self-confidence is: Feeling of trust in one’s abilities and qualities. That’s it. It’s not about being perfect and yet, for some reason, we tend to put conditions on our self-esteem. We feel like we have to have achieve all of our goals before we can be proud of ourselves and that’s just not true. Self-confidence is about trusting in who we are right now. Who are we? We’re real, flawed, fabulous women, who are stronger and smarter than we

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Mind

Age is just a number

“Sometimes, people use age as a convenient excuse. ‘I’m too old to start something new,’ or, ‘I couldn’t learn that at my age.’ Other people though, go on to achieve their greatest accomplishments in life in later years.” –Catherine Pulsifer There are two age pressures that we often face—the ones we set for ourselves and the ones society sets for us. We see it all the time. “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” “I need to graduate by this age, mar- ried by that age, start a career, buy a house, have kids, be financially stable, etc.” “I’m too old for that.” “I’m not old enough.” It’s a lot of pressure! I call bull****—you’re exactly where you need to be right now and if there’s something you want to achieve, age is not your limit, your mind is. I faced age discrimination often when I chose to get

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Mind

Can we really blame “being old” for that?

Exploring the effects of aging and how we can work with our bodies to feel our best at the turn of every birthday. We’ve heard it before: “Must be because I’m getting old.” But can we really use that as an excuse for having those aches and pains, not remembering things, and not staying on track with our goals? Aging is inevitable. It happens to everyone and is beyond our control—well, not totally. Aging happens in both our mind and in our bodies. But, if we take responsibility for what we can/ITC control about the changes on the inside, we can become even better with age. We can play a role in our future vitality by making the right choices that will impact how we’ll feel for years to come. As we age, it’s important to believe in our abilities and become more mindful. Try these tips to help you

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