By Dr Shawna Darou, ND Is a morning routine the secret to health, reduced stress and vitality? I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately, and have found it so interesting that many inspirational people have a dedicated morning routine. As a busy doctor and mom, I know it sounds crazy to add one more thing to your list of things to do each day.
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, My Nan, who was 82, passed away last week from complications with some health problems. She was elderly, and we knew this was coming for a while. The problem is that I can’t stop crying and I am having trouble even functioning. I’m a grown woman in my 30s, I shouldn’t be so upset. I’m wondering if you
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW On February 15th, Canada lost one of its most treasured hearts, our beloved Stuart Mclean. For years Mclean has travelled this country, reflecting on the vibrancy of our cities, and sharing his warmth with residents and listeners at home. He was unique, in that his art kept a powerful mix of self-forgiving parody on what it is to be human,
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW Here we are. At the beginning of February and thus, embarking on the famous February blahs. That time of the year when many of us have slowly and unwittingly become a creature of the shadows. We lurk mainly indoors, hibernating as much as possible and socializing rarely. A lot of us feel despondent, uninspired, uninterested and generally low this time
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW It is officially December. This year’s Santa Claus parade has come and gone, and with it came the city’s first dusting of frost. The stores are already decked with holiday fare and the festivities have begun. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, the hoopla is largely inescapable. The holidays create expectations of joy, togetherness, love and laughter. Yet, these
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Recent research is showing that the immune system and inflammation can play a large role in depression. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection, injury or foreign invasion, and when inflammation is triggered, the body produces many chemicals, such as cytokines. Symptoms of flu and symptoms of depression: Think for example about how you feel when you’re sick with
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, BSW, MSW, RSW In the past twenty years much has been achieved in the field of happiness research: defining meaning across cultures and time, identifying how to measure it, and who has it. Nowadays, you can’t cross a social media site without running into happiness research in some shape or form. High happiness levels not only mean we get to experience general
By Dr. Kristina Schwalm-Baquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, My ND and MD have now both suggested I do some CBT for Insomnia. I’ve had insomnia for years now and have mostly used sleeping pills and coffee to manage it, but the sleeping pills are causing problems and I am really dependent on them. How does CBT for Insomnia work and what do you do to
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW The fading summer months can stir in us renewed motivation. The temperature cools and sharpens and it nudges us from summer dreams. We are suddenly squirrels, conscious of the nuts that must be stored for the cold months ahead. Fall seems to be a time for self-reflection. A time to take a step back, and take a good look. A
Many women I have spoken with over the years list irritability as one of the complaints that brings them to a naturopathic consult. First of all, this is a common response to being overwhelmed in life – too many demands and not enough time for self-care. Building in some regular time for yourself can make a big impact on day to day irritability. There are however, many physiological imbalances that can also lead to more irritability.