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Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – which offers a timely opportunity to shine a light on an organization determined to end the disease. Breast Cancer Canada is a national charity that is laser-focused on one thing: saving lives through science. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Treatments for breast cancer are more effective and are better tolerated when started early. Parminder Punia of Brampton, Ontario, has heard the words “you have breast cancer” and knows what it’s like to have her life changed forever. In August 2021, at the age of 46, Parminder felt a lump in her right breast. After weeks of exploration and tests, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. If routine screening had been accessible to Parminder at age 40, her breast cancer could have been caught earlier, before the disease advanced. Parminder is passionate about advocating for better

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Facing Your Health
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Facing Your Health

As you read this – please start to be aware of your breathing. Are you breathing fast? Shallow breaths? As you bring awareness to your breathing, begin to focus and feel your body. Let’s really dive deep. Let’s do a body scan. Close your eyes and tap into your breathing and how you feel. Start with your toes and move up all the way to the top of your head. Try to release and relax your body as you move up from your toes. Imagine if you are being “beamed up” like in Star Trek. Your body is made of millions of particles. Feel your body and its deepest parts. Is everything okay? You know better than anyone how you are feeling and your health. Take an honest assessment. Are there any problem areas that need to be addressed? Anything sore? Does anything feel stiff or stuck? Digestion? Heartbeat? What

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Mind

Train your brain

Neuroplasticity is the key to a creative and productive life. How flexible is the brain? How readily can it adapt as a person develops and experiences new environments? How does it deal with aging and the stresses and strains of daily life? It turns out that the brain is a dynamic structure that is flexible and subject to change. This quality is called neuroplasticity. While growth depends on age and other conditions, grooming and growing a brain is the project of a lifetime. Neurons (nerve cells) and glial cells (support cells of neurons) transform through a process called neurogenesis. These cells increase their number and connections throughout your life depending on the stimulation of your environment. The old model of the brain as a piece of clay that is mouldable is replaced by an image of the brain as a living matrix with neurons moving trying to make connections with

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5 Pillars of Mindful Living

In these chaotic times it’s natural to seek a sense of calm. Learning to stay more in the present moment can help. Living in the pandemic era, we appear to be surrounded by constant change and uncertainty. It is natural to crave calm and to seek ease amid the chaos. We want to feel more grounded. Practicing mindfulness is an approach we can all adopt. It is free and accessible at any time. It is also a long-term strategy that helps build resilience to life’s ups and downs. According to research by the American Psychological Association, there are many health benefits to incorporating mindfulness in your daily activities. These include reduced stress and anxiety, improved empathy towards others and oneself; more acceptance, kindness and compassion; and improved self-control, concentration and mental clarity. Now who wouldn’t want to enjoy these benefits simply by being more aware while experiencing the everyday activities

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5 things mindful people do differently

Mindfulness has gained a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Being more present in our lives and developing some other habits can have a huge impact on the quality of our lives and our relationships. Several things mindful people practice provide them with more clarity and tranquility in their lives. Focusing on the present moment without judgment, and rediscovering simple life blessings lead to more happiness and joy. Let’s discuss five little things these people do differently to help you work your way toward acceptance and inner peace. 1.   They Accept and Appreciate Things Appreciation for the gifts of the present moment is an art that mindful people have mastered. It stimulates the release of hormones like dopamine and oxytocin that have a calming effect. And it is the first step toward gratitude. Mindful people know they can’t change reality, so they accept it and appreciate the people and things for what

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