Products New & Now - Spring 2017

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By Dyan Perry

 

Mason Pearson – Junior (BN2-DARKRUBY) Bristle & Nylon, Medium brush

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Mason Pearson Brushes are made to order, ensuring the highest quality and craftsmanship, and utilizing techniques pioneered and patented by the founder - Mason Pearson - over 130 years ago. These beautiful, and mostly handmade brushes are not mass-produced and are made to last. A variety of sizes and styles are available for most hair types.

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M.A.C Cosmetics – VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson bright fuchsia (matte)

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The M.A.C AIDS Fund is supported exclusively by a consumer-based model that directs 100 percent of selling price of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass products to help fight HIV/AIDS. To date, the campaign has raised more than $440 million. By purchasing one VIVA GLAM product you provide: 1 rapid oral HIV test, 1 pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS, 1 week of fresh fruit, vegetables and grocery essentials to a mother and child affected by HIV, 254 condoms to prevent transmission of HIV and more.

To shop M.A.C Cosmetics, visit maccosmetics.ca and learn more about M.A.C AIDS Fund, visit macaidsfund.org


SkinCeuticals – Phyto Corrective Masque

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An enhanced soothing masque with highly concentrated botanical extracts, calming dipeptide, and hyaluronic acid to intensively soothe and replenish temporary skin reactivity. This calming facial mask cools on contact, comforts skin sensitivity, and restores natural radiance and smoothness. Perfect for post-workout, travel and seasonal outdoor activities with exposure to the elements. Suitable for all skin types. Available at medi-spas & dermatologist offices nationally.

To learn more and find a retailer near you, visit skinceuticals.ca


Michael Kors – Access Bradshaw Smartwatch (MKT5003)

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Combine the capabilities of a smartwatch and activity tracker with the glamour of a luxury timepiece. Receive notifications, initiate phone calls, browse the Internet and track fitness via Google Fit. Compatible with Apple and Android smartphones allowing you to connect with your favourite apps.

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Happy Plugs – Ear Piece Wireless White

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Whether you’re running outside, running on the treadmill or running errands, this chic wireless headset will serve both function and fashion. Answer calls, listen to music or your favourite podcast in style. It will be your new favourite tech toy and accessory! Also available in black.

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HICKIES – No-Tie Elastic Shoelaces in Neon Multi

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Tying your shoes has never been easier! With HICKIES, lace your shoes one time. And turn any shoe into a slip-on. Works with all laced styles of shoes for men, women and children. Available in a variety of colours with multiple lacing styles to fit tighter or looser depending on preference.

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Nest – Learning Thermostat (3rd generation)

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Meet the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It has a thinner, sleeker design, a larger, sharper display screen and Farsight technology that lights up the unit when you walk into the room. Save on average 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling bills; paying for itself in two years or less. 

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Joseph Joseph – Index Steel chopping board set with steel case

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Four colour-coded chopping boards housed in a stylish stainless steel case. Use of the different tabbed boards helps prevent cross-contamination during cooking prep work. 

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Saje Wellness – aromaBreeze Ultrasonic Diffuser

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The ultrasonic technology, combined with water and a natural essential oil diffuser blend, produce negative ions and an aroma that infuses your air with vitality and elevates your well-being. It is equipped with an optional LED light and can also be used on just the mist setting with room- temperature tap water as a humidifier.

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Massage Therapy: Essential for today’s workload

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Written by Dana Goodfellow, RMT, D.Ac. Owner – Quinte Mind & Body

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We spend eight- plus hours a day working hard at our jobs and careers. Most of our workloads don’t cater to proper biomechanics of the human body. Whether we are simply sitting at a desk for eight hours, standing at a production line performing repetitive movements, performing manual labour, building houses, working construction sites, or delivering heavy packages all day, our bodies aren’t naturally designed to perform many of these activities.

When we force our physical bodies to operate in ways it was not meant to, we start to develop imbalances and compensations within our muscle system. These compensations and imbalanced muscles can produce compression of nerves, deviations of structures, such as your vertebrae, and on-going conditions causing pain. Some of these, if not treated properly, can prevent you from performing at your job and even become life altering, such as carpal tunnel, migraines, and herniated discs through your spine.

Because we cannot always change what we have to do for our workload, we need to make sure we are taking care of our bodies and compensating for the damage we are creating.

Registered massage therapy is a very effective treatment for muscles, soft tissues and joints. By performing different techniques as needed, the soft tissues release the tension built over many hours of hard work. Creating proper blood flow to the areas, breaking up restrictive fibres in the tissues, decompressing pressure through joints and the spine, and mobilizing joints are just some of the outcomes of registered massage therapy that will help combat the workload strain on the body. When you give your body these treatments regularly, your nervous system responds properly and your muscles will stay balanced and relaxed for longer periods of time and resist the pressure of the workload.

It provides improved response to stretches and other modalities you can use to combat the strain such as heat and rest.

Registered massage therapy can also help prevent conditions in the body that are subject to workload strain. These are conditions such as arthritis, wear and tear on joints, degenerative disc disease, and frozen shoulder. If the body undergoes regular treatment or even treatment when there is a concern, the body recognizes how to heal faster and will function at a healthier level, therefore slowing down the process of these conditions developing or progressing.

Massage therapy is essential to your health with any physical workload. Think of it as a component to your health care system. If your body does not move properly without discomfort, or if you are feeling pain through your average daily activities, then this is your body telling you it needs attention. Make sure you are listening and giving your body what it needs to function at its highest potential.

You should be able to perform your daily lifestyle activities and workload without any pain or discomfort. Most companies provide coverage for their employees to receive therapy such as registered massage therapy. Look into your benefits package if you have one and take advantage of this! If you don’t treat your body properly, you’ll feel the negative effects in the long run.

Dana can be reached at

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How to Start the New Year Off Right

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Written by Dr. Michelle Durkin, ND

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I believe that food, exercise, sunlight, fresh air, relationships, and stress affect our health more than we will ever know. It is these things that we need to be spending our time, money, and effort on in order to live a healthy life. It is our daily habits that will determine the overall quality of our health.

So being the new year once again, what can we do differently to stick to our healthy habits this year?

I think you need to start with knowing yourself better.

According to happiness expert, Gretchen Rubin, we each fall into one of four tendencies. Questioner, Obliger, Upholder, and Rebel. Knowing your tendency can point you in the direction of the tools you need to best succeed in sticking to good habits.

Here is a small summary of what I see that works best for the two most common tendencies when they need to stick to better eating habits.

Questioner: You need to know the reason why you are following a certain food plan. Understanding some of the nutritional science of why you are eating what you are eating is really important.

Tip: read about the history of the food pyramid in order to understand why the Canada Food Guide and general mainstream nutrition advice is not the best diet, and will likely cause you to be fat, sick, and tired.

Obliger: You need to have someone to keep you accountable. You can have all the knowledge you want but it won’t translate into action. You need someone keeping you on track and as soon as you stray away from that regular contact you will stray away from your goals as well.

Tip: have regular bioimpedance analysis checkups with your ND or get a personal trainer. Being accountable to someone other than yourself will go a hundred times further than reading more books, gathering more recipes, or buying another piece of exercise equipment.

If you want to delve deeper into this information or take the quiz online go to gretchenrubin.com. I also highly recommend her best-selling book, Better Than Before.

“What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while” – Gretchen Rubin

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs

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By Carolyn Coffin

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Recipe type: Appetizer  | Cuisine: Italian

Prep time: 25 mins | Cook time: 10 mins | Total time: 35 mins | Serves: 16 pieces

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 eggs

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice

  • 1⁄2 tsp garlic powder

  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Dash of paprika for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large saucepan, cover the eggs with water and bring water to a boil.

Once the water starts to boil, set a timer for 10 minutes and then transfer eggs into an ice bath.

When the eggs are cool, peel them and slice them in half lengthwise and transfer to a serving plate.

Spoon out the yolks into a medium mixing bowl.

Add the avocado and lemon/lime juice and mash them all together with a fork.

Stir in the garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.

Using a spoon or piping bag (if you want to be really precise!), fill each egg half with the filling mixture.

Garnish with a dash of paprika.


Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat. They are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin.

Avocados have a unique nutrition profile. They contain lots of fiber and are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C.

Simple to make...creamy in texture! Plus, the pastel green is perfect for spring!

One large egg contains:

78 calories, 6.3g protein, 5.3g fat, 1.6g saturated fat, 212mg cholesterol


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Adults Need to Play Too

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Written by Carolyn Coffin

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Did you know that self-care includes having fun and playing, just like you did when you were a kid? Is there room for play in your schedule or are you booked to the minute?

Be honest, when is the last time you really lost yourself in a joyful activity that had you completely absorbed in the moment with zero attachment to the outcome?

As the challenges and responsibilities of making a living and managing a family accumulate, we seem to have adopted the collective belief that play is for youth.

The truth is that play is for everyone, particularly those engaged in the incredible complexity and breakneck pace of modern life.

Play can be any activity that you find enjoyable, with minimal emphasis on rules, structure, or tangible results. The objective is to get you out of the focused, rational mindset that you exist in for most of the day, unplug from your routine, and have some fun!

It’s easy to be sedentary in the modern world, so ideally your play sessions will involve getting outdoors in fresh air and sunlight while performing moderate amounts of physical exertion. This can be anything from a five-minute break from your work desk to practice juggling in the courtyard to a weekend getaway where you learn how to stand-up paddle, snowshoe, or rock climb. For the majority of us who don’t accumulate enough daily movement, these outdoor play stints produce the best physical and psychological benefits.

Research has shown that play is a sure way to fuel your imagination, creative juices, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being. Play helps us connect with our childlike curiosity, manage stress, and even increase productivity – all with a better sense of humour and a more positive outlook on life.

For those averse to formal workouts, you’ll be relieved to know that play can contribute to the development of strength and speed as effectively as formal workouts do. There are even fitness centres popping up designed to promote play, filled with foam pits for jumping, ropes to climb or swing on, and obstacles to jump over or up onto. The MovNat (MovNat. com) fitness program emphasizes spontaneous interaction with one’s natural surroundings, which can appeal more than a stuffy gym to many.

I recently polled my Facebook community to see what their favourite play activities are, and here’s what they love:

  • Dancing to music in the kitchen
  • Hula-hooping
  • Adult dodge ball
  • Pickup basketball / Ultimate Frisbee
  • Hopscotch
  • Skipping
  • Cannonballing into a lake
  • Chasing your children on the jungle gym
  • Tobogganing / building snow forts / having a snowball fight
  • Zip-lining

It’s up to us to reconnect with our roots as playful human beings. When it feels as though life is too serious or slipping by too fast, toss aside your to-do list and make room for the activities that really help you recharge. Let the fun shine in, have a blast, and just live a little – or a lot!

Carolyn can be reached at

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Poplar: Tree of the People

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Written by Tamara Segal, Registered Herbalist

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Humans have known for millennia that society benefits from honey bees. In temperate climates, ancient settlements used to plant poplar trees around them, aiming to attract bees. Poplars provide a resin used by honey bees to create propolis—the antibacterial glue that seals the hive and supports its health. It was once known that if on your travels you found a grove of poplars in the distance, you were likely approaching a human settlement. Where poplars grew, people dwelled. The genus of these trees was thus aptly named Populus-- the Latin name for people.

Poplar supports people’s health, and in turn, their enjoyment of life by offering potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, digestive and restorative properties. In the early spring, the aromatic buds can be harvested and heated in olive oil to yield the makings of an ointment for pain, inflammation and infections of various kinds. It also makes soothing massage oil. The buds of one species, Populus gileadensis make the famous Balm of Gilead—a remarkable healing balm.

Poplar’s inner bark can be shaved off pruned or newly fallen branches in the early spring and simmered in water to yield a bitter-tasting digestive tea. It will help cleanse and restore a tired, aged or debilitated system, clearing away toxicity, reducing arthritic or rheumatic pain and renewing vigour. Taken in the spring, this tea can help one adapt to the increased activity that comes with the new season, such as outdoor sports, gardening, hiking and the like. The bark contains salicin, the same active pain-relieving ingredient found in aspirin, giving it analgesic and fever-reducing properties. Any bark that is not used fresh can be cut into smaller pieces and dried for future use. It can last for three to four years if stored in a jar and kept away from light.

Later in spring, young poplar leaves can be infused in water for a healing tea. This too has a bitter flavour which indicates its myriad benefits to the digestion, the ability to absorb nutrients and safe, gentle detoxification. To balance out the bitter flavour, one could add mint, cinnamon or lemon verbena to the infusion. Poplar leaves crushed up can be placed on an insect bite to reduce swelling and irritation, making outdoor excursions more fun.

There are a number of Populus species found in our region. Trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides), large-toothed aspen (Populus grandidenta), Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra) and balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) are common. Any of these can be used for similar purposes.

Poplars love to grow in sunlight and can be found in clearings, near beaches or at forest edges. Trembling aspens grow in clusters with smooth, narrow light-grey trunks. Lombardy poplars are long, narrow trees that sometimes line lane-ways or paths. Large-toothed aspens have widely serrated leaves compared with those of the other varieties. Balsam poplar has the largest, stickiest leaf buds with a pleasing aroma that spreads on the wind. This species is a big honey bee attractor.

My favourite time to harvest poplar is when taking a walk or hike after a wind storm in early spring when fallen branches, laden with sticky buds, make themselves easily available for use. I am continually impressed by the many uses they offer, and am always grateful to encounter them.

Tamara Segal is a Registered Herbalist and wild foods enthusiast. She teaches classes and gives plant identification walks and workshops in the Quinte area. She also runs an herbal clinic called Hawthorn Herbals at her farm in Prince Edward County.

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Five Reasons to Sleep Naked

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Written by Natasha Turner, ND

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According to a large survey, less than one in 10 Americans sleep in the buff. This is a sad finding considering the fantastic (and scientifically proven!) reasons we gain from ditching PJs and slipping into our birthday suit. Check out these surprising health benefits ranging from improved hormonal balance and mood to less belly fat, more sex and beyond.

Boost your anti-aging hormones:

Plenty of people like to feel cozy at bedtime, but a sleep environment that’s too warm can prevent the natural cooling that should take place in your body while you sleep. Keeping your body or your bedroom too warm (higher than 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit) will disrupt the release of your main anti-aging hormones, melatonin and growth hormone. When we sleep in total darkness, melatonin is released, triggering a very slight but critical cool-down in the body. As body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic.

In fact, sleep itself has been touted as a magic pill precisely because it encourages the release of this youthful hormone. In a study published in the journal Sleep, researchers showed that you can get safe, legal doses of growth hormone – and even improve athletic performance – just by hitting the sack for a deep, restorative sleep. It’s also good for your health in other ways – researchers have found that people with normal or high blood pressure experience a 20 to 30 percent reduction in blood pressure and 10 to 20 percent reduction in heart rate during sleep.

Improve body composition:

As mentioned, wearing heavy blankets or clothing to bed will impede the release of growth hormone, which means you won’t burn fat while you sleep or benefit from night-time repair of your bones, skin and muscles. Growth hormone (HGH) affects just about every cell in the body. It’s essential for tissue repair, muscle building, bone density and healthy body composition. People who sleep less than six hours a night may be three times more likely to develop a condition which leads to diabetes and heart disease (and in turn, weight gain), according to researchers at the University of Warwick. When your sleep is insufficient, your cortisol and hunger hormones both surge, causing a corresponding increase in insulin. You also experience decreases in the fat-burning and appetite-controlling hormones.

Get deeper sleep:

Research has shown that certain forms of insomnia associated with faulty body temperature regulation and the inability to cool down at night enough to spark a deeper stage of sleep. In one Dutch study, scientists placed thermosuits on participants to lower skin temperature less than one degree Celsius without affecting core body temperature. The result? People didn’t wake up as much during the night and the percentage of the sleep spent in stages three and four (deep sleep) increased. In elderly subjects, a 0.4 degree decrease in skin temperature caused a decline in the probability of early morning waking from 0.58 to 0.04. And believe it or not, you don’t sweat or shiver during REM sleep so have no fear that ditching the layers will have you dreaming of icicles.

Lower cortisol and belly fat:

As you cool down at night and growth hormone increases, cortisol will also decrease with healthy sleep patterns. Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 am is the time when your body is truly resting and recuperating (and cortisol should be at its lowest). By 2:00 am your adrenal glands (stress glands) begin to work to produce cortisol, in preparation for the next day, which also peaks at 4:00 am and then should naturally reach its highest point around 6:00 am – just at the right time to get you up out of bed feeling energized. On the nights that you do not sleep enough, you will wake with a level of cortisol that is abnormally high.

This is known to trigger your appetite – especially for comfort foods (muffins, cookies, etc) and your tendency to overeat, increase tension/anxiety and fuel belly fat – even in people who are otherwise thin. High cortisol levels weaken the body’s immune system, raise blood pressure and cholesterol, increase appetite, disrupt our normal sleep patterns, lower libido, increase cravings for sugar and carbs and more. It will also contribute to other hormonal imbalances and health conditions including PMS, infertility, thyroid disease and abnormal blood sugars.

Higher levels of oxytocin.

If you and your partner both sleep in the nude, you can be reaping the benefits of this feel-good hormone. Skin to skin touching (with intimacy, a massage, or cuddling) is all that is required. Also involved in sexual responsiveness, the hormone oxytocin counteracts stress and depression by combating the harmful effects of cortisol and reduces blood pressure. It has also been shown to improve gut motility and decrease intestinal inflammation. Another bonus? More... ahem... opportunities. Let’s face it, there’s nothing that turns your partner off faster than head-to- toe flannel pyjamas.

Natasha can be reached at

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Fix Your Life in 15 Minutes a Day

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Written by Alexandria Barker

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Abraham Lincoln once said: “We’re just about as happy as we make up our minds to be,” and it’s true! Your happiness is the ultimate DIY

project, and is largely the result of choosing to be happy from moment to moment. The real reason you want anything is because you think you’ll be happy once you have it. So why not go directly to happy?

Follow these three steps to get happier easily in just 15 minutes a day, with noticeable results starting the day you begin.

Step #1

A happy mood is easiest to capture first thing in the morning. Your vibrational attraction is neutral when you first wake up, so the new day is literally a fresh new slate.

As soon as you wake up, decide it’s going to be a great day. Say “thank you” as your feet hit the floor. Then as soon as possible, set a timer for five minutes. Imagine you just received a ‘phone call with amazing news, like you won $60 million dollars (or anything else). Then just let those fabulous feelings course through you.

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Try it now! Picture yourself beaming, see loved ones rejoice as you share the big news. Feel the gratitude and appreciation beginning to rise? Milk it! Fist-bump the air! Grin from ear to ear! Let these feelings grow until it seems your heart will burst.

Isn’t it interesting that you can generate so much joy when nothing in your life has changed? You just proved you can be joyful with life just as it is. But you accomplished much more than feeling good in the moment. Simply by pretending to be happy actually creates things to be happy about through the Law of Attraction.

Step # 2

Keep that positive vibe flowing by creating a gratitude list while you eat breakfast; being grateful to be alive, for your health, the roof over your head, the food in your belly, your job. Spend five minutes on this exercise. I like to write 10 each day: five things I’m grateful for now, and five ‘future gratitude’s’ for things I want to 

happen. Gratitude is powerful and feeling it in advance sets wheels in motion. This step works miracles!

Step #3

Now let’s do a specific visualization. Set your timer again and this time, focus on something you really want, be it love, health, or wealth. Imagine it’s already exactly as you wish it to be. See it in your mind and really feel the gratitude and appreciation, and soon you’ll be seeing it in your life.

Our thoughts and feelings are always attracting more of the same as they match up with similar thoughts, people and life situations. The more positively we think, speak and act, the happier our lives will be. To turn the life you have into the one you really want in just 15 minutes a day, try these few simple techniques daily for 30 days. You’ll be happy you did!

Life Coach Alexandria Barker is specially trained to help you achieve happiness in all areas of your life.

Live the Joyous

Life You Deserve!

Alexandria can be reached at

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Cultivate a Positive Work Environment

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Written by Sharon Harrison

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Full-time workers may spend eight, 10 or more hours each day, five or sometimes six days a week at work. Many people have no option but to work 30, 40 or more years in their lifetime. Add in time spent on commuting and a serious amount of time is spent away from home and family. On average, people spend about one-third of their lives working and that number appears to be growing as people are living longer.

All workplaces should be comfortable and safe spaces where the basic principles for maintaining a happy and healthy workforce are met, whether it’s an office environment, a factory floor or a shop counter. But our work environment isn’t always as nurturing as it should be or conducive to thriving. Work areas can be noisy and distracting making it difficult to concentrate. Corporate and office workers usually get the better deal and some are fortunate to find themselves in beautifully-decorated office towers with designer-inspired touches.

Putting the questionable wallpaper and sleek office furniture aside for a moment, it is people who form the bigger equation in any workplace 

environment. Employees are often haphazardly thrown together in an alien environment where they get to use their education, draw on their training and demonstrate their skills. Of course, it isn’t always as random as we may think. Employees are chosen not just for the skills and talent they bring to an organization, but for their ability to fit into the corporate structure as well as get along with their co-workers.

Workplace environments can be tricky; some can be awkward and others are positively toxic. Much like the school playground, not everyone gets along. Personalities clash and some people simply don’t play nice.

We may not enjoy our chosen career path, nor like the boss or the person in the next cubicle. There are bad habits and inappropriate behaviours. There may be power struggles, jealousy or insecurities—there may be differences in perspectives and working styles. A hostile and dysfunctional workplace helps no one, and a bad atmosphere at work can be frustrating and stressful for everyone concerned.

A solid and proactive management style is essential along with effective and open communication. Meaningful dialogue and a good attitude will go a long way. As with all good relationships, there needs to be trust, respect and fairness. Whether departmental manager, CEO or just a little cog in the bigger wheel, it is important to embrace ideas and listen to others. People need to be heard.

Turn negativity into something positive. Try approaching difficult and challenging situations with understanding, tolerance and an open mind. Practice acceptance. Most people need to feel important and valued; they want to contribute, to be engaged and part of the process, however small or insignificant their role.

No one wants the workplace to be an area of tension, uncertainty or fear—or one of constant conflict. A bad atmosphere is demoralizing. A healthy and safe workplace is paramount—and it is a right. Keep it fun, lighthearted and friendly and the days will go by much faster. A good atmosphere at work makes for a happy and content team of people resulting in a harmonious workplace and a healthy bottom line.


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Career Mistakes: Do we see ourselves as others do?

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Written by Sharon Harrison

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the promotion you expected didn’t materialize? Were you qualified for the position and ready for the next step, or did you misjudge the situation. Do you have an overinflated view of your abilities and skills? Have you ever wondered why your career isn’t progressing as you had hoped?

Almost everyone wants to get ahead in life; people naturally want their career to progress with the ultimate aim of increasing their rung on the ladder and the financial reward that comes with. What happens when things don’t quite go to plan? Is it possible there are things you could be doing differently in order to get ahead? Sometimes, we are so focused on a single goal we fail to see the bigger picture.

Some people will do almost anything to get ahead as they vie for a step up the corporate ladder, regardless of the impact it may have on co- workers and their ultimate goal. It’s human nature to want to do better, but could we be going about it in the wrong way?

While it may seem obvious to promote your strengths, a person’s weaknesses should not automatically be ruled as something negative. Weaknesses can be qualities, too. Handling difficult situations sensitively and with ease can reveal a lot about us.

Be honest with yourself and expect the same of others. When the chips are down, can you be relied upon to produce results? Are you trustworthy, focused, determined? Are you respected by your peers?

It begins with confidence. Confident people go places, achieve their goals. Once you start believing in yourself, others will too, but there is a fine line between confidence and ego.

Do you see yourself the way others do? If you asked a friend to list three enduring qualities about you, the answer may surprise. Obvious traits such as kindness, compassion and intelligence may come to mind, but the answer may not be what we expect. How we perceive ourselves is important, but perhaps more critically, how do others perceive us? Do others see you as generous or mean? Are you fair or tough to get 

along with? What about sincerity? Do you accept your mistakes graciously? Are you committed to your career?

How do people judge you and how do you judge others? Are you the happy person with a beaming smile or always carrying a frown? Think about how you project yourself. Do you have good posture? What about a signature look that makes you stand out from crowd?

While a dazzling smile may get attention, following through with hard results is essential when trying to make a good impression.

Stand out from the crowd: do something, however small, that will be remembered. Impress others. Turn up. Be punctual. Be prepared. While being late for a meeting or not being properly prepared may get you noticed, it likely won’t gain you any Brownie points in the longer term. Dazzle with knowledge. Building trust with co-workers and managers takes time and effort, so go the extra mile and bring something unexpected to the table. And perhaps most importantly, be passionate about what you do and success will surely follow.


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Publisher's Letter - Spring 2017

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I’ve learned that there is no secret formula for success in anything.

Complete academic goals. Dream big, listen, learn, and believe that you can do anything you put your mind to (even if it’s not exactly what you had planned).

Some decide to make a life change mid-career. Maybe it’s to raise a family, or simply take a new direction in life. Imagine the risk - selling, moving, buying, and trying to fit into established circles, finding work, beginning on the first rung of the ladder, and starting all over again in a new endeavour. Roll up sleeves and dig in.

However, all work and no play is no way to live- let’s agree? We should enjoy every moment of spare time, be nice to each other, look forward- not backwards, and not stress about negative words that find their way back to us.

We should embrace our relationships, and be brave enough to let go of the ones that are toxic. We should eat well, indulge now and then, exercise and be good to our bodies. Enjoy silence when the moment presents itself, but do whatever makes us happy, healthy and fulfilled. We have one life; we should live it to the best of our individual abilities. Put to bed the regrets. Find peace.

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Now that we are past deciding whether our new year’s resolutions worked or didn’t, we have spring to celebrate. It’s another chance at making positive changes to our lifestyle.

One “must attend” local event that is sure to help us celebrate spring and embrace change is the Healthy Living EXPO on May 6th, 2017.

After a two-year hiatus, the EXPO returns to the Bay of Quinte Region in a new venue, Centennial Secondary School, with hundreds of vendors. Some vendors will be offering various free health screenings, wellness coaching, fitness demonstrations, mindfulness strategies, eco living, naturopathy and alternative medicine, products and services - all geared toward helping us live a positive, healthy life.

New to the EXPO will be a “Foodie Market”, where local chefs, food experts and farmers will be serving mouth-watering dishes and samples.

For only a $2 admission (with 50% of proceeds going to the Three Oaks Foundation) on May 6th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, attendees will be entered into hundreds of draws at the door, given a free welcome bag to fill with samples, swag and information, and meet and talk to local industry experts. All under one roof!

All of us at Healthy Living Now magazine look forward to meeting you there. In the meantime, check out healthylivingnow.ca/expo.

See you on Saturday, May 6th!

 

LORI MITCHELL, PUBLISHER, EDITOR

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