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Unveiling the Power Within: A Deep Dive into the Science and Art of Self-Love

Loving yourself is a tall order in a society that stacks the odds against you. But with some understanding and acceptance, having compassion for yourself is a tiny rebellion that starts from within. The term “self-love” gets thrown around frequently in the wellness community, and its meaning—and how to achieve it—can be mystifying. Self-help culture reminds us how important it is to “love ourselves,” while at the same time, social media urges us to pick apart our flaws and companies promise that self-love is just around the corner if we purchase their latest product. This internal conflict can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and inadequacy—and that doesn’t sound like love to us. So why does it matter? While self-love may induce eye rolls from skeptics, there’s scientific evidence to back up its importance. Studies have shown that having compassion for yourself reduces stress and boosts overall well-being, encourages resiliency

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Westin Nova Scotian – Wellness from the ground up!

Whether you want to maintain your healthy routine on the road or switch up your usual go-tos, the Westin Nova Scotian has everything you need. You notice something special as soon as you walk into the Westin Nova Scotian. Maybe it’s the smile you get upon arrival, the relaxed ambience emanating from the entryway, or the fresh fruit-infused water right at check-in. Regardless of the instance, you feel the love. Inside, it is magical, and the staff takes wellness very seriously. Wellness is an integral part of the Westin Worldwide brand mandate. So what does this mean for the weary traveller? It means you can rest assured (pun intended) that they have thought about providing you with a nurturing wellness experience during your stay. The sheets are soft and luxurious, and they even give you a small bottle of lavender oil to rub on your temples before sleep or on

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Intuitive wellness

Have you ever thought of somebody, and they then called you out of the blue? Have you ever eaten food you knew might make you feel unwell, but you did it anyway and got sick? Has the solution to a problem ever come to you just after waking up? Have you ever been able to figure out a problem before others without knowing how? These are all instances of intuition. Whether you suddenly found an unexpected solution, predicted a future event, or discovered something without knowing how, these are all examples of your intuition at work. Intuition is your ultra-processor of all physical, mental and spiritual data. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines intuition as “the power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.” Intuition is arriving at an answer without knowing exactly where it came from. By using your intuition, you are using

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Longevity

Best Podcasts for People Over 50

While it may seem most podcasts are for younger folks, you couldn’t be more wrong! So we decided to put together a list of of the best podcasts in 2022 for Canadians over 50. Check them out, have a listen on your smartphone, smart speaker, tablet or wherever. Listen to them at home in your car or out for a nice stroll. Stuff You Should Know Curious about how things work? One day it’s hang g;iding and the next it’s knife throwing! You never know what you’ll find but it’s an awesome podcast. Check it our here. The Better Health While Aging Podcast Hosted by practising geriatrics specialist Dr. Leslie Kernisan brings on a range of brilliant guests to discuss ailments and health issues affecting people over 60. Packed full of great insights and lots of episodes. Check it out here. Not Old – Better Award winning journalist Paul Vogelzang

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Mind

Train your brain like an Olympian

Jean François Ménard’s new book teaches us how to have an Olympian mentality at work. You’re training some of the country’s elite athletes. Within that inner circle, there is a technical coach, a strength and conditioning coach to train their body, a physical therapist, chiropractor, nutritionist, and a mental-performance coach. Being a part of that inner circle is a huge responsibility considering that when an athlete reaches an elite level, what separates the winners from the rest of the field isn’t their physical preparation but how well they build that brain muscle strength and call upon it when their performance hits a curve. Like any coach in this arena, you’ve put in the work and navigated your way successfully at various international competitions – World Cups, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. Each event is getting you closer to the holy grail – the Olympics. For the first time in

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Resonance

Carpe diem – but keep the future in mind

Just because it’s grey and rainy doesn’t mean its not a great afternoon for a paddle and a swim. Stop in to play Paw Patrol with grandson Oscar, just four, and enjoy homemade squash soup made by his father Nathan. Oscar is so thrilled by his presents. Doesn’t mind if some are from the “buy and sell,” not perfect. They are just tools to trigger his vast imagination. Then off to the lake. Stop in to watch some Wimbledon with Janet and Terry. Sharpo has a few lapses. Gets ticked off, loses. Still, he’s so good, Canadian, just getting started. Djokovic plays chess, plays the odds, plays the angles. But he had to learn to control his emotions too. Outside I play with Pax and her ball as we head down to the lake. Beautiful black German shepherd –best dog ever! Launch kayak into the greyness. Scan for eagles. Pull

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Travel

2021 Top 10 Wellness Travel Locations

When it comes to the modern-day concept of “wellness travel,” there are a whole lot of different ideas out there about what it entails. But, according to the Wellness Tourism Association the definition is quite simple. Wellness travel is any type of travel that allows the traveller to maintain, enhance or kick-start a healthy lifestyle, and support or increase one’s sense of wellbeing. So whether you are looking to maintain, enhance or kick-start a healthy lifestyle in 2021, here are 10 wellness travel options to have on your list. Travel Considerations: You’ll want to first check on where you can travel and what restrictions may be in place, especially going outside of Canada and what you might have to do on return. Double check what kind of vaccination documentation you’ll need as well. Without two doses, some countries may not let you in. Top 10 Wellness Travel Locations 2021 1.

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Mind

Top 5 Mental Health Apps

Our smartphones are with us everywhere we go, often that includes by our bedside. While we use them for everything from shopping to listening to music, there are some apps that can help us with mental health too. Here we rank our top 5 favourite mental health apps. While they can help, we do want to point out that they won’t cure issues such as anxiety or depression. It’s important not to self-diagnose and seek help if you need it. Moodfit: This is a great all-around app for mental fitness. It’s available on iPhone and Android. The app includes breathing exercises, journaling, you can set daily goals and track them as well. Well designed and easy to use! Some items are free and some cost. You can find it here. PTSD Coach Canada: Created and managed by Veterans Affairs Canada, this free app has great resources for those who may

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Travel

Quebec spiritual retreats

Does your soul need a break from your busy life! Try a spiritual retreat au Québec. What if, say, you want to get away from it all and you don’t happen to have your own cottage? And what if wanting to get away from it all includes getting closer to your inner self? What if you wanted to do this in one of the oldest cultures in North America, indigenous people aside? Let’s says, Quebec? Given the deep, historical roots of doctrine-oriented religious practice in Québec, it is surprising that present-day Québec is so genuinely interested in non-traditional forms of spiritual quests through a true diversity of offerings. Or perhaps it is because of its long religious history that so many diverse and distinct spiritual centres are operating in the province, and have been for many a year.  Shivanada Ashram Camp, Val-Morin The Shivananda Ashram in Val-Morin, in the Laurentian

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