Health and Wellness

Erika Slater Head and upper torso image2Health and Wellness is all about what we do on a regular basis to maintain our physical and mental condition – essentially, how we take care of ourselves.

We know now that it’s not just about paying attention to our physical health by eating healthy and nourishing foods to fuel and heal our physical body, but also how we treat ourselves mentally and spiritually. Quality sleep, daily quiet time practicing mediation/mindfulness, and being compassionate and kind to ourselves is as important as doing the same to others.

The quality of life starts with having a sound body and mind and the selection of materials you’ll find here cover insights into natural therapies, our mind-body connections, nutrition and weight management, stress, slowing the aging process and much more.

Enjoy the articles.

Coronavirus COVID-19 FREE Hypnosis Online Resources

By Erika Slater
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In this special post about Coronavirus COVID-19 you’ll find some FREE practical hypnosis resources you can use immediately to cope better with any stress or anxiety you feel about the uncertainty of this time.

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How to Improve Mental Toughness – Tips and Using Hypnosis

By Erika Slater
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There are all kinds of toughness and the most visible is physical toughness, but I’d argue the more valuable is mental toughness. Discover more on achieving mental toughness here…

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How to Get a Natural Anti-Aging Attitude to Feel Younger

By Erika Slater
Portrait of a smiling senior woman

There is a term that exists in today’s society referred to as ‘ageism’. Personally, I consider this term condescending in its tone as it refers to older people in a negative, stereotypical manner. It assumes when you reach a certain age you’re ‘past it.’ What does “past it” even mean in today’s society? Past what? Young people picture seniors as needing walking canes, inflexible and bent over, and shuffling along both in the house and outside. The sun has set on them. When people are called weak, feeble, frail, and even useless just because they’re ‘older’, they’re being labeled based on this stereotype. This is both wrong and sad! But what is even sadder is when older people ‘buy” into this stereotype, believing it to be the truth they start behaving and living accordingly. Image is one thing, but attitude is everything. Let’s explore together how to get to the right attitude…

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Coping with Being a Caregiver for an Adult Family Member with a Serious Mental Illness

By Erika Slater
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If you’re a caregiver for a family member with a serious mental illness, then you know it can be a demanding and stressful role leading to burnout and negatively impacting both your life and that of your loved love. I know this from personal experience. More is expected of family caregivers, who’ve become a pillar in the recovery of their patient alongside formal caregivers. There’s no greater stress than caring for a loved one with mental illness. So, anything you can do to reduce your stress and burnout potential is of paramount importance in helping to provide quality of care to your loved one. This article discusses ways of coping as a family giver for a mentally ill person to rescue stress and avoid burnout. Read here…

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Crush Your Aversion to Going Gluten-Free and Sticking with it!

By Erika Slater
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this article you’ll find discussions and answers to: 1) Why you would want to go gluten-free and what it means? 2) What’s Celiac Disease and intolerance to gluten? 3)The challenges in going gluten-free and strategies for overcoming difficulties to stick with it. 4) Further resources for help in becoming and staying gluten free. Over the last 10 years there’s been a lot of talk about ‘gluten-free’ diets being healthier for you. Conversely, gluten has been made a ‘culprit’ in leading to health issues for some people. So many processed and staple groceries people buy contain gluten. If that isn’t enough, many people are ‘hooked’ on the products, partially because they’re habituated or addicted to gluten. More and more health professionals are asking their patients to steer away from gluten products and start using healthier alternatives. For some, making this change is difficult for a myriad of reasons. Read more…

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Why is it So Darn Hard to Cope with Stress? Ways to Reduce It

By Erika Slater
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In today’s world it seems stress is at an all-time high! We live in an extremely fast-paced technologically-advanced time period when most people are living their lives expecting things to happen at the drop of a hat, or this is how others expect them to live. Stress comes from all sides as we live an “overloaded life”: our family commitments, our job commitments, and even our friend commitments. Our plate or cup “runneth over.” So many people live their lives based on ‘quantity’, trying to achieve the most they can, while putting in the least amount of effort, instead of getting the truest ‘quality’ from living their lives. This way of living will stress you out! Time for a change? Read this…

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Dealing with Grief – Different Forms and Ways to Live Again

By Erika Slater
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Grief and sadness are parts of living the human experience. No one is exempt from feeling the pains that accompany grief at some point in their lives. Grief is usually associated with a loss such as: death, divorce, finances, or a job, all of which can lead to adjustment difficulties. It’s not uncommon for grief to last a long time and become depression. When grief becomes chronic depression then it has the ability to render someone to feel and become helpless and hopeless. If and when it should get to that point, usually outside intervention is required. Here are ways that Grief can take all the joy out of life and what to do about it…

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Why is it So Darn Hard to Lose Weight? And Keep It Off!

By Erika Slater
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By the fact you’re reading this article I know you want to do something about losing weight. Most likely you’ve tried before (dare I say many?) and are at the same point again wondering how to make it stick this time? People go to extremes and try various expensive weight loss programs, exercise programs, and even diet pills and ‘miracle’ supplements to try and lose weight. Many also try various diet fads, low carb diets one moment, and then low fat diets the next, only to find themselves taking backward steps while muttering, “Why is it so darn hard to lose weight?” So, why is it so darn hard to lose weight?

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“Now I’ve Lost Weight, How Do I Keep the Weight Off?”

By Peter Sacco
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It seems that losing weight for many people seems to be an increasing global trend. Let’s be honest, North Americans are considered to be one of the most obese societies in the world. Is it any surprise that many are asked by their physicians to lose weight, or they themselves believe that it is time for a physical makeover? Well, many will engage in dietary and fitness programs which will help them lose weight. Some will be successful and some will not, as they will revert back to their old habits, or lack the ambition to carry through on their intentions. For those who have lost the weight, what is next to make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Read more…

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The Benefits of Laughing More as an Antidote to Stress and Feeling Better About Your Life

By Erika Slater
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Why is it as children, we couldn’t get enough laughter? It seemed we were so quick to laugh at the drop of a hat. Everything seemed to possess some element of humor, we used it for the chance to laugh out loud, and laugh without ceasing. We laughed at the antics of others and watching TV or just playing outside. We saw the “funny side” of everything. Even of our friends… and they didn’t mind but joined in with us! Unfortunately, somewhere down the line, perhaps in our early adult lives, we dismissed laughter as being superfluous and not worthy of our time. There are many theories around this from modelling other adults, to life is serious now and having “fun” and laughing is akin to wasting time. But this just isn’t true. Laughter is a wonderful medicine to things that ail us and its time to start getting back that fun of laughter we had in our childhood. Here’s how…

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DISCOVER HOW TO START CHANGING HABITS TODAY.

In this free audio hypnosis session, you’ll experience the power of your subconscious mind to begin to change your habits. If you've never experienced hypnosis before then this is a great introduction...