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The benefits of taking time off work for your mental health
When most people are sick with a cold, the flu, or have an injury, they’re inclined to take time off work. But when it comes to mental health, there’s often resistance. Why is that so? The state of your mental health is just as important as healing physically from a virus. If you’ve avoided taking…

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How to boost your mood on Blue Monday
Mondays typically aren’t fun for anyone. The weekend is over, it’s the start of the workweek with many emails to catch up on, and there are five days to go until you have two glorious days off again. But one Monday, in particular, seems to be the most dreaded of all – Blue Monday. This…

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7 tips for improving employee engagement
Any company can benefit from leveraging a modernization strategy to increase employee engagement, retention, and satisfaction. With the pandemic, we’ve learned that a forward-thinking work environment with innovative employee benefits can be a valuable tool for building reputation. Here are a few tactics that employers can use to ensure success when scaling their small to…

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5 tips for healthy eating over the holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and also the most gluttonous. If you’re getting together with friends and family over the next few weeks, chances are you’re also dodging a constant stream of baked goods, charcuterie boards, and rich, delicious foods. Your mouth may be watering just thinking about it, but overindulgence…

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Omicron: what we know about the new variant
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many twists and turns for not only Canadians, but everyone around the world. What started as one strain of SARS-CoV-2 has mutated into several COVID-19 variants over the past two years or so. The latest COVID-19 variant, dubbed Omicron, is a strain experts are worried about when it comes to…

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10 self-care tips parents need to improve their mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on parents who have seen their usual support networks stripped away, and it’s common for parental anxiety to rise each time COVID-19 cases go up.  Even without the pandemic, caring for children is relentless and it can be difficult to find the time you need to recharge. But…

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How winter can affect your thyroid
It’s normal to change your behaviour during the winter months. Less daylight might have you craving more rest and holiday feasting can derail normal eating patterns. It’s not uncommon to put on a couple of pounds and find yourself sleeping more. Seasonal affective disorder can leave some wrestling with depression. If you have a thyroid…

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Acne and eczema flare-ups in the winter: what you need to know
Winter weather can be a disaster for your skin. While it might seem obvious that indoor heating and dry winter air would cause dry skin, itching, flaking, and intensify your eczema so much that you may need eczema treatment, many complain that winter weather also aggravates acne. If you’re wondering what triggers your winter eczema…

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Flu and COVID-19 vaccines: everything you need to know
Every fall the public service campaigns start up, reminding you that it’s time to get your flu shot. This year there’s an added urgency to the campaign. With COVID-19 still circulating, Canadians could be in for a double whammy — a flu epidemic in the middle of a pandemic. Many Canadians have questions though —…

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How online therapy works: the benefits of online counselling
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many areas of life to move online, from grocery shopping to day-to-day work. Even in this environment, many people still hesitate to speak with an online therapist, as they worry therapy through a screen won’t be as effective as in person. But why do many people prefer online counselling therapy over face-to-face treatments? And what advantages do online sessions have over in-person meetings?

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Is the “man cold” real?
Everyone experiences cold and flu symptoms differently, but there’s something to be said about people who act or feel like they’ve been knocked out completely. You might have heard of – or been around someone with  – the man cold, where they’re essentially unable to function and quite often, refuse to see a doctor.   But…

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