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#worlddiabetesday
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#worlddiabetesday

Someone somewhere has been diagnosed with prediabetes this month. 


It might come as a shock. After all, who really thinks about it, until the Dr forces us to.


This is not the hereditary kind that is not preventable and requires insulin to control. 


Prediabetes leads to Type 2 diabetes, sometimes called Onset Diabetes, and is a disease that’s becoming more common but unnecessarily so. There are lifestyle choices that affect the onset of type 2 diabetes, so it is also called a lifestyle disease. Chances are you know someone who has this type of diabetes. Especially if you are over 50. 


It’s of interest to me because I know that this disease can be prevented and reversed with some simple habit changes. My mother had it and she was poking herself all the time to test her blood sugar. She also got glaucoma, an eye disease that’s associated with diabetes. She suffered more from that, I think.


The choices you make now can influence whether you will be dealing with this disease in the future. It’s easy to ignore what we don’t have to face every day, until we do.


So I hope this is helpful for you.


An interesting fact: As obesity rates continue to rise, so do rates of Type 2 diabetes. You can prevent and treat both issues at the same time.


Here are a few tips if you need to re-focus on your health.


  1. Move more daily.

Walk every morning and after dinner. An after-dinner walk is especially helpful to control blood sugar levels.


  1. Eat well. 

Eat enough. But eat the good stuff, nutritionally. Use food as fuel, not as your anti-depressant, stress-fix, or boredom buster. There are healthier ways to deal with that. 


  1. Focus on Fiber

By slowing down the digestive process, fiber helps lower blood sugar levels, and therefore, insulin levels, helping to prevent and treat excess fat storage and Type 2 diabetes.

Good sources of fiber: Lentils and other dry beans and legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, edamame, sweet potato, apples and berries of all kinds.


  1. Swap the calorie-rich Carbohydrate foods for Nutrient-rich Carbohydrate foods

Healthy sources of carbohydrates in the diet include essential nutrients and fiber. However, many people eat far too many foods that lack the nutrition and fiber but elevate their carbohydrate intake - examples would include any foods with added sugar and those made with flour (ya, that’s bread, guys). Healthy sources of carbohydrates are also good sources of fiber - fruits and vegetables, legumes and dry beans, quinoa, and unrefined grains as some examples.


Education is power, but not if you don’t take action. 


Maybe you could have that check-up you’ve been putting off for a while.

Or re-stock your pantry with healthier options.

Plan ahead for your next grocery shop.


Now, let’s go get that walk in!

Improving Mental Health Naturally and Effectively
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Improving Mental Health Naturally and Effectively

I believe we all deserve to feel good about ourselves. Some people struggle with this more than others. Something I’ve found very helpful for me, turns out to be one of the top strategies for dealing with mental health on a wider scale.


One of the BEST things you can do to show yourself some love and support is to MOVE your body – regularly and intentionally.


When you exercise regularly, your body just plain FEELS and FUNCTIONS better from the inside out. And it’s not just your body but your mind that feels and functions better. That’s what I’m talking about! Movement is healing.


Here’s a list of just some of the many benefits related to mental health: 


1. better mood 

2. reduced stress

3. relieves tension in the body and promotes relaxation

4. reduced anxiety 

5. reduced depression 

6. boosts self-confidence

7. Improved brain health (replenishing blood vessels and brain cells)

8. Improved brain function (slows cognitive decline and improves memory, focus).

9. better sleep (both quality and quantity). When we sleep better, we think better.

10. Increased energy - yup, expend energy to gain energy! When we feel more energetic we just feel better, physically and mentally.


If you want to feel better about yourself, get moving.


Is there anything in this list that you could benefit from?

Connect and stay engaged with your wellness community.

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The Real-Life SuperWoman
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The Real-Life SuperWoman



I've been a certified personal trainer specializing in women’s fitness since 2013, and more recently, a 500-hour trained yoga teacher. Rather than go on about me, here's one of my clients demonstrating the TRX SuperWoman. I've been her proud coach since October 2020! Let her WOW you!

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Who wants to give this a try?


Let's connect if you want to see if personal training or private yoga with me is right for you.


https://www.moniqueshapirofitness.com/

Sign up for yoga, leave with so much more
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Sign up for yoga, leave with so much more


Sign up for yoga, leave with so much more


Maybe we didn’t need a pandemic to illustrate the connection between exercise and mental health.


Exercise, especially yoga, tends to keep the mind from spiraling, and can be a very effective tool to stay in the present moment.


I’m very grateful to have a small space in my home where I can offer clients personal training or private yoga.


Most often, my clients are women who prefer the smaller, judgment-free environment of my private in-home studio.


With me, they have shared that their sessions over the past 2 years have had a strong positive impact on their mental health.


Although I offer fitness and yoga, my clients receive so much more out of their sessions than mere physical progress.


I take nothing for granted. I am filled with gratitude and honour each session.


I can easily list 3 things that have boosted my mental health the most, during these challenging times:

  • My clients
  • The virtual yoga community I stumbled upon winter of 2021
  • My dog 


For anyone who wishes to share here in our community, what has helped you to deal with the pandemic? Answers do not have to be fitness related. 


https://www.moniqueshapirofitness.com/

10 Nutrition and Fitness Tips to Breeze through Menopause and Stay Healthy and Fit as You Age
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10 Nutrition and Fitness Tips to Breeze through Menopause and Stay Healthy and Fit as You Age

More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and more than 75% have more than one. Plus, these figures are even higher for women than for men.

 

Natural changes like menopause and family medical history play a part, but healthy lifestyle choices can help you stay strong and healthy in the years ahead.


 Here are some tips to help make aging healthily a breeze.


1. Manage stress. Stress can aggravate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Regular exercise helps alleviate stress and boost our mood, as does journaling, practicing gratitude, prayer, and positive thinking.

2. Limit alcohol and caffeine which can trigger hot flashes and increase inflammation and the chance of other health concerns.


3. Move more and eat more mindfully to combat the dreaded middle-aged weight gain. Your metabolism slows down as you age. The distribution of your body fat changes too, so more of those pounds wind up around your waist, increasing your risk for heart conditions and diabetes.


4. Eat soy. Many women find relief from menopause symptoms with soy and supplements, even though studies give conflicting results. See if tofu and soymilk work for you.

 

5. Eat more fiber and less saturated and trans fats to keep your heart healthy.  Most nuts and seeds are great sources of healthy fat.


6. Get your heart pumping. Aerobic exercise will help your heart stay strong and healthy while aiding with weight loss and reducing the risks of other diseases.

7. Build muscle. You can slow down muscle loss, and thicken your bones with strength training. Lift weights or use your own body weight for resistance, (think squats and pushups). Work hard enough to feel the challenge to build your strength and avoid osteoporosis. You don’t need to worry about ‘bulking up’.

8. Monitor your blood pressure. A vegetarian or low-fat diet has shown to reduce the risk of rising blood pressure and resting heart rate with aging. Losing weight, exercising, and limiting salt and high-fat foods may help you to avoid needing medication.

9. Screen for cancer. Age increases your risk for many forms of cancer. So do some foods, like red meat. Stay active, eat more vegetables, and reduce your red meat intake. Talk with your doctor about screening tests that spot cancers early when they're easier to treat and cure.


10. Ask a fitness professional for help.  Would you like to move, look and feel better with the strength and energy to enjoy the best years of your life? Contact me to find out how I can help you do just that!

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2022/03/21
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2022/03/19
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Check out my blog here for tips on managing mental health, or visit our Google Sites page for information regarding the services Healing tree offers.

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An invitation to start private yoga with me.
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An invitation to start private yoga with me.

I’ve been a personal trainer specializing in women’s fitness since 2013. 

 

For me, yoga began as a desire to learn all the physical poses. However, it evolved into so much more, offering me a way for me to change my narrative during difficult times. 

 

Where regular strength and cardiovascular training fell short, yoga nourished and calmed my mind, energized, and nurtured my body. 

 

As I pursued my 500-hour yoga teacher education, I discovered the multi-layer effect of yoga on emotions, feelings, and, of course, the physical body. 

 

Then, the pandemic made yoga an essential service I’m grateful to be able to offer. 

 

I knew we could all collectively benefit from yoga during a pandemic. And as a fitness professional, I was confident that I could guide clients through a practice and allow them to enjoy similar benefits. 

 

My style of yoga is gentle, paying close attention to posture and spinal alignment. We always move safely, with intention, harmonizing breath with movement. 

 

This style helped clients to develop a deeper body awareness and feel renewed in body and mind. 

 

I invite you to reach out and connect. 

 

Namaste.


https://www.moniqueshapirofitness.com/

Tune in to Intuitive Eating
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Tune in to Intuitive Eating

What is Intuitive Eating?


Intuitive eating is the way of eating that has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline or self-control. It ’s about getting back to your roots and learning to trust your body again. 


A lot of misconceptions surround the concept of intuitive eating. Yes, you get to eat what you want and when you want, but it’s much more moderated than that. The foundation of intuitive eating is based on listening to your body, but using your brain to make informed choices. The goal is to listen to signals about when your body needs food and to make intentional choices about what goes in. Intuitive eating aims to be non-restrictive and teaches you the tools to stray from impulsivity and guilt from previous eating habits. 


These are the 10 principles of intuitive eating courtesy of Evelyn Tribole (MS, RDN, CEDRD-S) and Elyse Resch (MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND) aka “the Original Intuitive Eating Pros.”


1. Reject the Diet Mentality

Diet culture emphasizes the mentality of “lose weight fast”, which is generally unattainable to do in a healthy manner and extremely unsustainable. 


2. Honour Your Hunger

Listen to your body signals to eat when you are hungry. By ignoring these signals and being in a state of excessive hunger, all conscious eating intentions become obsolete and overeating occurs.


3. Make Peace with Food

Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you restrict yourself too harshly to certain foods, it leads to intense cravings, and often, bingeing. When you “give in” to these foods it causes overwhelming guilt, which is not healthy.


4. Challenge the Food Police

It’s time to silence the voices in your head that tell you that you’re “Good” for eating a certain amount of calories or “Bad” for having dessert after dinner. 


5. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

In order to abide by diet culture we often overlook the innate pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. Allow yourself to enjoy this experience and you’ll find that you’ll know what amount of food is “just enough.”


6. Feel Your Fullness

Listen for the body signals that say you’re comfortably full. Take pauses while eating and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what your current hunger level is. 


7. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness

First, recognize that your internal issues affect your relationship with food. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, boredom, loneliness, etc, food is not the fix. It may be comforting for the short term, but food won’t solve the problem and may only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion.


8. Respect Your Body

Accept and appreciate your body for all it is and what it does for you. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical of your body size or shape. All bodies deserve dignity.


9. Movement— Feel the Difference

Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie-burning effect of exercise. 


10. Honour Your Health—Gentle Nutrition

Make food choices that honour your health while being enjoyable. You don’t have to eat perfectly healthy every day, and it’s what you eat consistently over time that matters. Progress, not perfection. 


Food is fuel for your body and should NOT be treated as something to be earned, punished for later, or as an option. Intuitive eating equips you with the tools to stray away from everything you’ve been taught in traditional diet culture and allows you to get in tune with your body and reframe eating in an unconditional light. 

How did the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect the Relationships of Children and Adolescents?
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How did the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect the Relationships of Children and Adolescents?

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the relationships of children and adolescents?


Many changes have derived from the COVID -19 pandemic and one of these is the disruption of social relationships. One study published in the International Journal of

Environmental Research and Public Health, leadership by the Salima Meherali of the

Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, said; “It is already

evident that the direct and indirect psychological and social effects of the COVID-19

pandemic are insidious and affect the mental health of young children and adolescents now and will in the future.”


Impact of the pandemic on children's and adolescent's mental health


The COVID-19 pandemic's physical restrictions and social distancing measures have

affected each and every domain of life.


Although the number of children and adolescents affected by the disease is small,

the disease and the containment measures such as social distancing, schools

closure, and isolation, have negatively impacted the mental health and well-being of

children and adolescents.


Schools have been closed, and most extracurricular activities for children and adolescents that typically occur outside the home and in group settings have been cancelled. Children and adolescents are experiencing a prolonged state of physical

isolation from their peers, teachers, extended family, and community networks.


Social distancing and school closures have increased the mental health problems of

children and adolescents, who are already at higher risk for developing mental

health problems compared to adults. These mental struggles that the youth

experience is happening at a time when they are also experiencing anxiety over a

health threat and threats to family employment/income.


Studies have confirmed that children and adolescents are more likely to experience

high rates of depression and anxiety during and after a pandemic.


These studies reported that pandemics cause stress, worry, helplessness, and social

and risky behavioural problems among children and adolescents (e.g., substance

abuse, suicide, relationship problems, academic issues, and absenteeism from

work).


The responses of children and adolescents to a crisis situation depend upon their

prior exposure to emergency situations, physical and mental health issues, the

socioeconomic circumstances of the family, and their cultural background.


Crisis events negatively impact the psychological well-being of children and

adolescents. A recent study that Jiao et al. (2020) conducted in China screened

children and adolescents for behavioral and emotional distress due to the COVID-19

pandemic. Anxiety, depression, distraction, irritability, and the fear that family

members would contract the deadly disease were the most common problems that

they identified.


Effectiveness of different interventions employed during previous and the

current pandemic to promote children's and adolescents' mental health


Interventions such as art-based programs, support services, and clinician-led mental

health and psychosocial services effectively decrease mental health issues among

children and adolescents.


Supportive parental emotion socialization predicted adaptive emotion regulation


A recent study appeared in September 2021 in the Journal of research on

adolescence about Parental emotion socialization (PES) this article includes the

different ways through which parents express their emotional experiences and

respond to their children’s emotional expressions. Empirical research supports the

presence of different strategies that parents may use to influence how their children

experience emotions and deal with them. Furthermore, empirical evidence supports

the significant effect of PES in explaining children’s emotion regulation and social

competence. As stated, “parents who respond to their children's emotional expressions with behavioural reactions and negative emotions lead to negative emotionality of children and low social competence”.


In conclusion, the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and adolescents is of great concern. Anxiety, depression, disturbances in sleep and appetite, as well as impairment in social interactions are the most common presentations. It has been indicated that compared to adults, this pandemic may continue to have increased long-term adverse consequences on children's and adolescents' mental health and subsequently on their ability to foster relationships.

The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Have We Learned?
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The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Have We Learned?

The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Have We Learned?

Through times of self-isolation, working at home, and just trying to stay healthy, we have had a lot of time to reflect on a lot of different things. Hopefully, you had the chance to learn something new; a hobby, information on a topic that interests you, or maybe you have learned something about yourself. Our primary concern throughout the pandemic has always been keeping ourselves and others safe and healthy by being cautious about exposure to the virus, but staying healthy does not only involve maintaining physical wellness. 


  1. Conquer Your Stress Through Management Techniques

We had a conversation with Dr. Bal Pawa, author of the bestselling book The Mind-Body Cure: Heal Your Pain, Anxiety, and Fatigue by Controlling Chronic Stress, where she shared her ‘REFRAME’ Toolkit; designed to look at health from different perspectives and to regulate our reactions to stress. Explanations and further details are discussed in this article.


R - Resetting your nervous system through the BMW Meditation

E - Exercise 

F - Food

R - Rest and Sleep

A - Awareness of Your Thoughts

M - Mindset

E - Examination and Evaluation


Image from Dr. Bal Pawa’s twitter (@balpawa)


With this information we can really stress the importance of not only physical health, but mental and spiritual health as well. And this is something that has become more apparent since the start of the pandemic. We have learned over the last few years that the way you feel does not only come from your physical health, but that these other factors can have just as much of an effect on how you feel overall. 


  1. Stay Healthy in All Aspects

There are so many factors that contribute to a person’s wellness. This state not only involves physical wellbeing, but mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing as well. In the past, there has always been an emphasis on taking care of your physical health, but over the pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that maintaining these other factors of wellness are just as important in your overall health and happiness. The limitations on social gatherings and events have taken a toll on our wellbeing, and we have all noticed the changes. No matter how healthy you may be physically, social isolation is not healthy because of our inherently social nature as human beings. 


There are also the introspective aspects of mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It is hard to stay positive right now, and the mental health of many individuals is suffering as a result. Self-care can seem difficult when your mood is low, but it is just as important to care for yourself mentally as it is to care for yourself physically. 


  1. Don’t Overlook Your Mental and Spiritual Well Being 

These factors of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness are often intertwined - so much more so than we often ever realize! The idea of the mind-body-spirit connection utilizes this thought of intertwined wellness factors, proposing that our overall wellness comes from physical, mental, and spiritual health all working together. 


In our podcast we talked to Dr. Alexia Georgousis about this mind-body-spirit connection, where she shares the following:


“We forget that we are more than just the physical body. We are not our emotions, or our feelings. Our innate wisdom is our intuition and our ability to connect with nature. General symptoms indicate a misalignment of our inner innate wisdom because our physical and emotional bodies know how to be healthy. When we have this disconnect, it shows up and manifests into these symptoms.” 


Dr. Georgousis, a naturopathic medicine expert, emphasizes that we need a healthy mind in order to have a healthy body, and vice versa. 


  1. Become Familiar with All Your Options

It is important to know how to seek help with your health, whether it is physical, mental, spiritual, or other. A great way to get started on a journey to a better overall health is to be familiar with the number of options you have when it comes to improving wellbeing. You may want to consult with a chiropractor for physical wellbeing, but you may also want to talk to a psychologist regarding mental health, or a reiki practitioner for your spiritual health. In reality, you have a lot of options for when you want to take care of not only your physical health, but all other types of wellbeing, and it is important to know that! 


A great way to do this is to join our community on PromptHealth. Here, you can learn more about all of the options available for your needs, and connect with healthcare providers that can help you to care for yourself in every way possible. 


The truth is that healthcare is not only about physical health; your overall well being pertains to your physical, mental, and spiritual health, and we want to make it a simple, personalized, and informative experience for you to access care for all of these needs and more. 


Join our PromptHealth community, and reach out to us if you’d like to collaborate! If you’re a health seeker, find your next provider through connecting and learning with the providers on our platform. If you’re a provider, create an account and start posting content to bring more exposure to your practice, and meet new providers! You can find us on Instagram, LinkedIn, ClubHouse, TikTok, Spotify/Apple Music, and YouTube. Check us out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and be sure to download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android

World Cancer Day 2022 | PromptHealth
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World Cancer Day 2022 | PromptHealth

February 4th is World Cancer Day, and this is a great time to talk a little bit about cancer awareness, as well as share some wellness information that could aid in keeping you healthy and lower your risk of cancer.


What is Cancer?

There is nobody in the world who has not been affected by cancer in some way. Whether it be directly or by a distant connection, the sad truth is that cancer remains the second leading cause of death to this day. So, what is cancer exactly? Cancer is not a singular disease in itself but an umbrella term. Cancer describes a type of disease that involves both abnormal cell growth in some part of the body, and the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can affect nearly every part of the body, with all types having the potential to be life-threatening. 


How is Cancer Treated?

The variety surrounding types of cancer makes treatment difficult, and unfortunately, there is no cure-all to cancer. The research industry surrounding cancer is constantly innovating new treatment methods as well as refining already implemented methods. There are many different types of treatments for cancer, including radiation, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and surgery; and these methods can be more or less effective depending on the specific type of cancer that a patient has. 


Who Does Cancer Affect?

In reality, cancer can affect anyone in life. There are some cancers that are much more common than others, and there are also some gender differences when it comes to the prevalence of cancer types. For example, the three most common cancers in women are breast, lung, and colorectal cancers, which accounted for an estimated 50% of new cancer diagnoses in women in 2020. In comparison, the three most common cancers in men are prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers, accounting for an estimated 43% of new cancer diagnoses in men in 2020. These lists are similar, but they also show a clear increased risk for specific cancers in each gender. As well, there are many external factors that can alter your risk of getting cancer in your lifetime. Things like using tobacco, or exposing yourself to UV rays without protection can increase the risk of getting lung cancer or skin cancer respectively. 


How Do You Prevent Cancer?

Without a definitive cure, the best defense against cancer is to spread awareness, avoid risk factors, and be proactive about a healthy lifestyle. Over a third of all cancers can be prevented by reducing your exposure to risk factors such as “tobacco, obesity, physical inactivity, infections, alcohol, occupational carcinogens, and radiation.” Along with factors that can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, there are also factors that can help to reduce the risk of cancer. In general, many of these factors relate to overall wellness and taking as best care of yourself as you possibly can. Things like eating a healthy and balanced diet, limiting processed foods, drinking alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy weight, getting vaccinated, and getting regular medical care can all contribute to a lower risk of cancer. This is not an exhaustive list of things you can do to lower your risk. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is to learn and spread information, which includes early detection. By being able to identify signs and symptoms early, it increases the chances of successful treatment.  It is important to talk about cancer and share resources that can help those who are looking for help or simply looking to learn more. 


One resource the team at PromptHealth would like to share is our podcast. In particular, an episode where we talk about breast cancer with Dr. Bal Pawa, who co-founded the Westcoast Women's Clinic. Here's what she had to say:


"We can't say that stress causes cancer, but stress does cause you to not take care of your lifestyle, and that is a factor for breast cancer... It's really important to manage stress in order to prevent the risk of cancer and to stay healthy."


The truth is, there are many factors that are out of our control when it comes to cancer, but many of the factors we can control are small changes that we can make to our lifestyle. These small changes not only act as the first line of defense when it comes to your risk of cancer but will also contribute to a healthier and happier life overall. 


We want to help you to live that healthier and happier life! In our PromptHealth community, you can learn about all of your options for wellness and learn directly from the knowledge shared by all types of wellness professionals. If you are a health and wellness provider, join today and start sharing and collaborating with other professionals. Start sharing your content on one universal platform, and begin building your online presence along with your holistic practice. Check it out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android. Share this information with your colleagues and tag @prompthealth. 

Mental Health in the Pandemic: Why Do We Need to Prioritize Our Mental Health?
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Mental Health in the Pandemic: Why Do We Need to Prioritize Our Mental Health?

Mental health has been a wellness topic for years now, but with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a surge of citizens struggling with maintaining their health in all aspects. Although there is an emphasis to stay healthy physically, the anxiety and stress caused by isolation have left us emphasizing the maintenance of all aspects of our wellness. On the surface level, people perceive mental disorders to simply be depression or anxiety, but it is so much more than that. The brain is a complex and confusing organ and there are a limitless amount of things that have yet to be uncovered by medical professionals. While we could sit and worry about our mental health deteriorating, we could also take the steps to take care of ourselves and establish a positive relationship with our minds.  


You Are Never Alone

According to a poll from the Angus Reid Institute, one in three Canadians are struggling with their mental health induced by the pandemic. This struggle looks like frequent exhaustion and increasing trauma, as more people feel symptoms of fatigue, frustration, and anxiety. This struggle is not an individual one - millions of Canadians and even more across the world are suffering from their mental health. Pandemic or not, it’s important to remember that there is always someone ready to listen to you. You do not need to be feeling severe symptoms all the time in order to seek professional help. Even realizing you feel off-balance in your life and needing to reach out to someone to share your feelings might be enough to feel healthier and build on that relationship with your mental health.


What Can I Do to Maintain a Healthy Mind? 

We only have one brain, so it is important to maintain a positive relationship with ourselves and our thoughts. Positive mental health allows us to cope with stresses healthily, work at our fullest potential, be productive, and make meaningful contributions to our community. There are various ways to maintain a healthy mind, but it starts with the way we talk to ourselves. Ivan Joseph shares the importance of self-talk in his TED talk.


“We know that our thoughts influence actions, why do we want to say that negative self-talk to ourselves? We need to get our own self-affirmations.”


Joseph reminds us of the importance that positive self-affirmation within ourselves is crucial to building a healthy mind. Outside of the brain, it is important to get enough sleep, eat healthily, and stay physically active in order to maintain a healthy mind. Establishing a routine that consists of writing our affirmations, daily exercise, and meals at set times can help create a healthy space for you to nurture your body and mind. 




Image from Google


As social beings, we all face a sense of isolation and loneliness throughout this pandemic. This shouldn’t stop you from seeking help. There are hundreds of solutions out there, and it’s important to remember that what works for others might not work for you. Perhaps a reiki session might help you better than a traditional approach, or changing your diet through the guidance of a nutritionist rather than consuming prescribed medications. These are just a few of the possibilities that healing consists of - do not be afraid to find it!



What Resources Can I Turn To?

If you are looking for guidance and different tools for your mental health, check out the CDC Mental Health Tools and Resources page. If you are looking for potential providers to turn to, PromptHealth has over 200 providers on the platform ready to assist you with your concerns. On PromptHealth, you can learn more about all of the options available for your needs, and connect with healthcare providers that can help you to care for yourself in every way possible. 


Join our PromptHealth community, and reach out to us if you’d like to collaborate! If you’re a health seeker, find your next provider through connecting and learning with the providers on our platform. If you’re a provider, create an account and start posting content to bring more exposure to your practice, and meet new providers! You can find us on Instagram, LinkedIn, ClubHouse, TikTok, Spotify/Apple Music, and YouTube. Check us out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and be sure to download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android.

Future of wellness sheds a light on hidden solutions
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Future of wellness sheds a light on hidden solutions

I AM FINE 


[VANCOUVER, BC]- The world has been upside down for most of us since the pandemic started, and a lot of people have suffered being in isolation. Pushing us to the limit after yet another version of this virus, now Omicron, there is a mental health crisis due to more restrictions once again. 


In 4 weeks Hedieh Safiyari, PromptHealth founder, has amassed a TikTok following of more than 23 thousand people. Her content and the conversation it sparks, go to show how desperate people are for help. Her intentions were to spread positive vibes and create more awareness about wellbeing, not knowing what to expect. She started creating and posting videos on a daily basis and hosted live video conversations on most nights with a variety of people in a group-type setting. 


One particular video that stands out about men’s mental health revealed people’s struggles in the comments section, sharing how they have always suppressed their feelings. Although it’s happening to both men and women, men seem to be more reserved and prone to suffer in silence. There were thousands of views and hundreds of messages all saying the same thing, all preferring self- help solutions. But the problem is often people are unaware of alternative solutions leading to repressed pain which can lead to bigger problems down the road. 


Some people are on the verge of breaking as seen by some of the comments on Hedieh’s post:


“No one’s there. I’m at my lowest right now, I attempted last week, I don’t reach out to anyone because no one cares, they just see it as weakness.” 


They seem to think they can solve it on their own but often are not well equipped with enough knowledge in terms of where to start. The several comments show how everyone is going through the same thing, yet suffer in silence not doing anything about it. 


“Don’t need to talk to anyone. I’ll deal with it on my own.” 


Multiple users on TikTok thanked Hedieh for opening the discussion about mental health and bringing awareness  to the lack of help available to them… 


“I have been through a 12 step program assistance from a psychologist and psychiatrist, as well as drug and alcohol counselLors to help me settle past trauma back where they belong..thank you for bringing these issues to TikTok and inspiring men and women to talk about their experiences!” 


Hedieh’s social media has become that “safe space” for people to come together and share 

their stories and struggles. The need to be heard, loved and accepted echoes strongly with people, especially during the pandemic. Often even a simple smile and a listening ear can have the potential to change someone’s life. Listen more carefully next time someone says I am fine…


I am fine, three small words packing in so much power, used as a two-way shield, protecting us from the world and they from us. I am fine, when someone is saying this, truly listen, because what they are trying to say, what they truly need you to hear is, “Please help me!” 


We live in a digital era where people use all kinds of platforms, such as TikTok, to find out about alternative solutions, although the issue is the credibility of the information. PromptHealth, a platform for holistic care options was created to allow people to learn about verified and credible options for their wellbeing. When you have a mental health struggle, waiting to be seen by a professional psychiatrist, that will most likely take over a year is not the only answer. Depending on the severity of the challenges, there are different solutions that exist. 


According to Hedieh, “No one might think of talking to a life coach or have even heard of laughing yoga…it is important to know all of your options when it comes to your health, as it is not a cookie cutter approach!” 


Having spent a lengthy career in healthcare, Hedieh noticed firsthand that society viewed health through an illness focused lens. PromptHealth is on a mission to shift the focus of health to wellness, where a person is healthy in all aspects of their being including mentally, physically and spiritually. Proactively pursuing wellness through exploring alternative options can lead to longer and more fulfilling lives as opposed to dangerous breakdowns resulting in disastrous consequences by ignoring one’s wellness. 


Mental health is not independent from physical health. They are interconnected, which is why taking a step back and looking at the whole person is imperative.  A holistic approach encompasses the mind, body and soul and targets the root of the issue rather than treating the symptoms after they appear. Compared to traditional healthcare, holistic care broadens the definition of health to include the mind, body and soul. The future of wellness starts with knowing all of your options. 


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How Can I Strengthen My Immune System?
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How Can I Strengthen My Immune System?

Introducing A.Vogel! We have recently partnered with A.Vogel, the premier supplier of high-quality plant remedies, that is founded on the same mission as PromptHealth; to help people find holistic options. Just like PromptHealth, A.Vogel believes in incorporating nature to maintain our health and wellness. Continue learning through our Instagram Live with A.Vogel’s medical advisor, Owen Wiseman  - continue learning more about strengthening your immune system through there!


What Exactly is The Immune System?

Your immune system is a complex apparatus that battles viruses, germs, and fungus from invading your body. This mechanism has the ability to eliminate cancer cells. Several actors are involved in this work: white cells, which are defense cells of various types that circulate in the blood; cells with defensive capacity that are in the tissues and do not circulate; and substances or biochemical mediators, which are used directly against invaders or as warning and control messages.


In other words, we have a highly specialized army that employs a wide range of weaponry as well as a sophisticated reconnaissance, identification, and extermination system, all while being managed by a highly accurate information system.

Can this system be improved? It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.


Protecting Your System > Improving Your System

It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.


We can do this by distracting the defense system as little as possible. Consider the ambulances that respond to crises. If they begin to get more bogus calls on a particular day, it is evident that the system will begin to fail in its goal of properly responding to crises.


Similarly, the stress response created in reaction to events that we perceive to be harmful, whatever they may be, works to arouse alerts throughout the body and prioritize processes that allow for immediate physical defense in order to have alternatives to overcome or flee from danger. Keeping the body on constant alert depletes and distracts the immune defense system. But what if our alarm systems are set off by mortgage payments, my neighbor's attitude, or simply viewing the red news?


The solution is to persuade our bodies that everything is alright by using our senses to send a message to lessen the alert. The senses are used to produce these comforting signals. The five senses were designed with this goal in mind: to inform the body. They all serve a purpose.


Employing Your Senses to Serve Your System

Everything we see must be viewed in the context of a harmonious landscape. Nature's blue and green colours are quite soothing, and if you can't go for a stroll, consider looking at landscape images. 


You must enjoy the fragrances and aromas that we like the most. Those are the ones that are effective, and we may test them while resting or relaxing.


Use the sense of touch by taking a hot shower and enjoying the fall of water, resting in a bathtub, strolling on the warm floor, or getting a body massage.


For taste, we can experiment with various fruits, veggies, and nuts. We want to convey to the body that there is both diversity and sufficiency. Trying different scents of tea works extremely well. 


The ear is not as demanding. Nature sounds, such as pouring water, birds, or low frequencies obtained just by browsing the internet, will do the job. Along with that, listening to instrumental music that calms our body down is beneficial in relaxing the body after a long day.


Below are some general tips that use two or more of the senses. Take deep breaths while going outside, and dance to music that you enjoy and that thrills you. Remember that sensory stimulation should be done every day for at least 15 minutes and on a consistent basis. 


Looking for Other Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System?


Join our PromptHealth community, where you can learn about all your options for immune health and learn directly from the knowledge shared by all types of wellness professionals. If you are a health and wellness provider, join today and start sharing and collaborating with other professionals. Start sharing your content on one universal platform, and begin building your online presence along with your holistic practice. Check it out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android. Share this information with your colleagues and tag @prompthealth. 

3 Snow Shoveling Solutions to Combat Your Back Pain
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3 Snow Shoveling Solutions to Combat Your Back Pain

January has come again, and this time of year often brings frigid temperatures and a healthy amount of snow. Whether you shovel or snow blow, the process of clearing snow is not an easy task, and you are often left feeling like you have done a full workout. Back pain is a common side effect caused by shoveling snow, and when winter lasts as long as it can here in Canada, it is important to know how you can get help.


Effects of Shoveling On Your Back

For what seems like a simple task, shoveling actually places a lot of stress on the body. First and foremost, you are lifting a lot of weight with your shovel. Six inches of snow covering a standard double driveway can carry a weight of up to 1,500 pounds! A single shovel load can weigh up to 25 pounds, which is a lot of weight being moved and a lot of stress on your back. Repeated movements and twisting your body can cause pain as well, not to mention the added strain caused by extreme temperatures. Essentially, shoveling snow is a very common cause of back pain. But you have to shovel, so what can you do to ease your back pain?


The Solution: Pick for Yourself!

Well, the good news is that you have options! 


  1. Exercise is one great way to combat back pain. From strength training to yoga, the options are limitless. Dr. Marc Bijman, Doctor of Chiropractic, discussed with us the benefits of exercise and how it can combat back pain. 


“Although there are numerous types of exercise that are meant to strengthen your core and prevent further back pain, it is so much more important to be consistent with getting physical exercise in than specific exercises that are only done once or twice and then forgotten about after. For most people, they don’t get enough strength training in their day to day. Strengthening is the most effective, as we are building the muscle mass to maintain a healthy aging versus short term relief through stretching.”


Along with strength training, Dr. Kristie Griffiths tells us more about using yoga to heal musculo-skeletal conditions in our podcast: 


Movement is extremely helpful to managing back pain. Beyond that, there’s a level of mindfulness that comes with reducing stress - which is a huge indicator of back pain. What’s great about the yoga practice is that it combines the physical approach while also addressing the mental space that can create physical problems in the body.”


2. Complimentary Care is a combination of multiple modalities; which can include physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture. Physical therapies can offer an alternative to over-the-counter remedies, and provide longer-lasting relief through the use of a personalized regimen. Chiropractic care can provide huge pain relief and a wide range of benefits. 


3. Conservative care is also known as traditional care; which includes pain medications and topical treatments. These solutions may provide temporary relief, but the pain often returns after a while. The best solutions to back pain are consistent, to strengthen your back for the future.


Our blog gives some options that are out there when it comes to back pain, but this is in no way an exhaustive list. Remember that you have options when it comes to your healthcare, and the best way to find the right care is to investigate everything that is out there. 


What other solutions can you think of to solve back pain? Join our PromptHealth community, where you can share your knowledge, inter-refer, and connect with other health professionals. Start sharing your content on one universal platform, and begin building your online presence along with your holistic practice. Check it out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android. Share this information with your colleagues and tag @prompthealth. 

How Will We Navigate 2022? The Answer: Positivity
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How Will We Navigate 2022? The Answer: Positivity

Where did 2021 go?

Another calendar year has come and gone, and in 2021 there were difficult times for all of us, but 2022 marks a new beginning. The word for 2021 truly was resilience. In a year with so many unforeseen circumstances, it was difficult for many people to find motivation or positivity in their situations, but it is through resilience that we braved the year and came out stronger at the end. It is difficult to not be overwhelmed by the constant news and statistics being broadcast, and it has definitely taken a lot of resilience to remain positive when there is so much negativity going on.


What Happened in 2021?

If your memories of 2021 are a blur right now, you are definitely not alone. It may not have been the most exciting year for many of us, but we have learned a lot from our experiences over the past 12 months. The truth is, there were a lot of great accomplishments made in the past year! 


For starters, Covid-19 vaccinations were made available in 2021. Currently, more than 8.47 billion vaccinations have been administered, making this the largest mass vaccination campaign in history. The speed and efficacy of the vaccine rollout have been a remarkable accomplishment! 


Here at PromptHealth, there have also been some great accomplishments! As of 2021, we have created a community of over 15,000 members across different social media platforms, and PromptHealth has evolved majorly to support this ever-growing community. We launched PromptHealth 2.0, started virtual meet and greet events, and so much more. We had a lot of growth in 2021, and we look forward to continuing this growth in 2022!


So, What is the Word for 2022?

The hard truth is: the pandemic is not over yet, and that in itself is a disheartening way to start the new year. It took a lot of resilience in 2021 to get through the negativity, but it can be difficult to look at the bright side of things when bad news gets the most coverage. It is so easy to get lost in negativity, to feel sorry for yourself or others, and to become pessimistic about life in general when negativity is all around us. In a time when positivity is hard to come by, positivity is what we need most. 


And that is the word for 2022: Positivity. The past nearly two years have been draining for everyone, and it is difficult for anyone to stay positive for that long, but it is amazing how much positive thinking can change your outlook on life and your situation. Of course, the situation of the world right now is not necessarily positive, but it is in this scenario that positive thinking will have the biggest impact. The pandemic has made so many of us pessimistic. Here at PromptHealth, we believe the challenge and goal of this year is to find positivity in everything. 


It can be difficult to change your mindset like this, but it truly is a form of self-care to look at the positive side of everything instead of the negative. Our featured speaker on the PromptHealth podcast says it best: 


“Trust that nothing is permanent… our ability to shift and adapt has nothing to do with what’s going on outside of us, but it can absolutely contribute to the discomfort.” 


With this mindset, it is easier for us to look forward to things, and also to appreciate what we have and are able to do, no matter how big or small. It is our responsibility to make these good things known! Along with positivity, Azra Citak, Counselor and Psychiatric Nurse mention mindfulness as another factor in taking care of oneself and celebrating all the accomplishments of 2022. 


“Something everyone could do is mindfulness. With all that negative thinking about the future, it’s very seldom for us to think about the current moment. When we get swept up in things, it can be easy for us to think about those negative thoughts and have them impact everyone around us. Mindfulness brings us back to the center, and there are different ways of practicing that. It can be through meditation, breathing, music, and so much more.” 


At PromptHealth, we are so proud of the goals we have accomplished in the past year, and our goals for 2022 are even bigger! As our community grows more and more, we want to share our goals and accomplishments with you, and we want to hear your goals and accomplishments as well! So let’s celebrate all of our accomplishments, big and small. The world is still moving forward, and it is up to us to make it a positive place no matter what is going on around us. We are growing and learning, and it is amazing what we can do as a community, so let us bring lots of positivity to whatever 2022 has to offer. 


Share with us what you are looking forward to accomplishing in 2022! 


Join our PromptHealth community and reach out to us if you’d like to collaborate! You can find us on Instagram, LinkedIn, ClubHouse, TikTok, Spotify/Apple Music, and YouTube. Check us out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and be sure to download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android

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