Mental Wellness Tips

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How to Stop Body Shaming Yourself and Cultivate a Healthy Body Mindset, Small-Town Girl at Heart

How to Stop Body Shaming Yourself and Cultivate a Healthy Body Mindset

Conversations about body acceptance and diversity have been cropping up in my social media feeds over the past several years and I’m glad to see these conversations finally being had, especially between women. Women (and men) are speaking out about how media, such as TV and magazines, has played an integral role in influencing our …

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Eating Healthy is Self-Love_Small-Town Girl at Heart

Eating Healthy is Self-Love

Did you know that by choosing to eat healthy—by only allowing your body to consume foods that are good for it and by forming consistent eating habits and patterns—you are performing an act of self-love? If you type “self-love” in the search bar of your favourite search engine, such as Google or Pinterest, you will …

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Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

I am in the process of recovering from chronic stress. It has been two years and one month since my recovery journey formally began, and I’m getting better little-by-little, day-by-day, but I still have a long road of recovery ahead of me. I wish I had known what chronic stress was and how destructive it …

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Self-Care: That Thing You Do To Keep the Motor Running

Self-Care: That Thing You Do To Keep the Motor Running

Last week I shared a story about my own struggles with self-care and how I fell prey to the lie that productivity is the key to success (see blog post here). Today, I want to explain what self-care is and what it is not, as well as how you can develop healthy self-care habits to improve your own life.

Let’s start with what self-care is not…

The Lies Productivity Whispers in Your Ear, A Self-Care Journey

The Lies Productivity Whispers in Your Ear

I’m terrible at self-care and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I never really understood what self-care is. I’ve always had this impression of self-care as “girly-girl” activities, such as manicures, pedicures, facials, spas, hair dos, body sugaring, etc…

Somewhere along the way, however, I began to subscribe to the lie that productivity is the key to success. I don’t know exactly when this idea took root in my life. Perhaps the seeds were planted in university when I spent all my free time studying and writing essays, or perhaps it started in my first professional job.

Slowly, I began to stop doing the activities I loved, the activities that made me happy, and replaced them with “productive” habits…