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The brain-gut connection: How mental health affects digestion

Are your digestive health problems – such as heartburn, abdominal cramps or gastrointestinal disorders – related to your mental health or stress?

How to enjoy the excitement of the holidays – stress free

As much as our culture markets the holidays as a time for joy, it’s important to remember that it can be a stressful time for many.

Stress

Address your stress: It’s time we start taking chronic stress more seriously

Chronic, or long-term, stress is among the most endemic health issues facing Canadians today. Learn how to address your stress before it gets the best of you.

Optimizing Mental Health: The secret to performing under pressure

Dr. Jaleh Shahin discusses how optimizing your metal health can help you get past those high-pressure situations with 630 CHED

mindfulness exercises to reboot your brain

Mindfulness exercises to reboot your brain

It is important to practice mindfulness on a daily basis, but sometimes it can be hard to get into the right mindset to… well, reset! Use these 2 and 8 minute guided mindfulness moment exercises to help reboot your brain and make the most out of your day.

4 ways to cope with caregiver burnout

4 ways to cope with caregiver burnout

As the baby boom generation grows older and more people start to succumb to age-related disease, there is an increasing need for caregivers. Although most are happy to take on this position, the role of a caregiver is difficult and can often result in what is known as “caregiver burnout.”

4 signs of stress and how to manage it

4 Signs of stress and how to manage it

Stress. We all get it, we all show different symptoms of it, and we all have different ways of managing it. While there are many problems associated with stress, one of the biggest issues is that it’s not always visible in the same form. For some, it shows itself in eating habits. Others might get aches and pains. How can we diagnose stress and what are some of the ways to treat it?

How to control your financial stress – rather than let it control you

Medical Physician, Dr. Daniel Berendt and psychologist, Dr. Karen MacNeill discuss the effects of corporate and financial stress and what you can do to be more self-aware and better manage life’s stress and anxiety.

Surprising ways stress affects your hormones (and how to naturally rebalance)

Surprising ways stress affects your hormones (and how to naturally rebalance)

Dr. Chris Dawkins examines the hormonal effects of chronic stress and what you can do to rebalance.

Can’t keep up? 5 tips to manage stress and find calm

Can’t keep up? 5 tips to manage stress and find calm

Neuropsychologist, Dr. Elisabeth Sherman and Registered Psychologist, Richelle Mottosky discuss several ways to manage stress both physically and emotionally.

Generation S: the sandwiched generation

Generation S: the sandwiched generation

Like many in our generation, as my husband and I plan for retirement and slowly learn to live as empty nesters, we are sandwiched between aging parents who need care, and children who continue needing help in adulthood.

Stress epidemic takes a toll on Canada’s business leaders

Stress epidemic takes a toll on Canada’s business leaders

A recent Vancouver Sun piece placed a spotlight on the stress epidemic facing Canadian business leaders. Journalist, Barbara Balfour spoke with Rick Tiedemann, Director of Business Development at Copeman Healthcare about the growing issue.

Your pathway to a better night’s sleep Treatment options for insomnia

Your pathway to a better night’s sleep: Treatment options for insomnia

Most adults will experience an episode of poor sleep at some point in life, which is often triggered by a stressor. For many adults, sleep difficulties naturally subside as the triggering circumstances resolve – but for others, this is the onset of insomnia.

Stress strain on the brain can put health in peril

Stress strain on the brain can put health in peril

Prolonged stress also increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive disorders including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Bad bosses take their tolls on employees and companies alike

UBC Workplace Psychology expert Sandra Robinson and Neuropsychologist Dr. Elisabeth Sherman speak to mental health in the workplace.

Feeding your stress: Why you do it and how to gain back control

Feeding your stress: in the Vancouver Sun

While most people know what they should be eating, when stress hormones kick in it’s difficult to stay on track and away from the food our bodies crave.

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The psychology of performance

Why do some athletes thrive under high stress conditions, while others crumble under pressure? The answer often lies in their levels of mental fitness.

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Yin is in: Yoga for all performance

Top athletes in-the-know practice yoga for its optimization and recovery benefits. It’s seen as an important part of a well-rounded competitive or recreational fitness program. If you haven’t yet incorporated a Yin yoga practice into your workout or sports training routine, now is the time to start.

Feeding your stress: Why you do it and how to gain back control

Stress and hunger

We’ve outlined the correlation between stress and natural physiological reactions below to help you understand how it impacts eating habits, and what you can do to finally put a stop to stress-induced patterns.

effects of stress on your brain

The effects of stress on your brain

Prolonged stress increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive decline including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.

A prescription for work-life balance

A prescription for work-life balance

Good or bad stress is still STRESS which our brain responds to accordingly. Left unchecked or unmanaged, it creates a sense of unease which in turn can lead to disease.

not all exercise is created equally

Not all exercise is created equally

Just as there are some “super foods” so too are there activities that could be considered “super exercises” that keep the heart pumping and the brain working.

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Is swimming the ultimate exercise?

Could swimming be the ultimate exercise? The following report card on swimming shows that unlike other cardiovascular exercises, swimming offers benefits beyond merely burning calories and building muscle groups.

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The Antidote to a Downturn? A Personal Turn Inward.

What may help us move to a more peaceful place is to take stock of what makes us feel wealthy, what we can’t live without, what cannot be replaced.

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Staying fit and limber through the ages

At every stage of development exercise is crucial to our mental and physical well-being. Circumstances will often dictate our lifestyle choices and the physical activities that are available to us.

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Vancouver man gets long overdue diagnosis from mysterious symptoms

When Jason Watt’s regular clinic did not adequately address several ongoing health concerns, he decided it was time to try an alternative – private healthcare.

Copeman Kids Building courage and resilience in your children

Copeman Kids: Building courage and resilience in your children

As adults we often take courage for granted – but where does this virtue come from? How do we foster this quality in our children so they can become resilient?

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Food and your Mood

Your mood can affect the dietary choices you make…but can the opposite be true? Recent scientific findings show that food can indeed alter your mood.

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Is Meditation On Your Mind?

Meditation includes the practice of mindfulness: bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience helping to improve self-regulation.

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The Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Stress

Stress has a very real physical impact on your health. When we experience stress, changes occur in our hormone levels as a result of our system’s fight or flight response to stress.

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Looking for a Healthy Heart? Start With Your Brain!

Important components of both a brain and a heart health program are exercise, nutrition, weight management, stress management and sleep.

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How Mindfulness is Good for the Heart

Mindfulness is being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, an observation of mind and body through calm and focused awareness.

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The Dangers of High-Normal Blood Pressure (Prehypertension)

Prehypertension is the precursor to a hypertension diagnosis. As prehypertension does not cause any symptoms, the only way to detect prehypertension is to keep track of your blood pressure readings.

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Protecting Your Heart From Emotional Pain

Emotional pain tends to worsen when those painful, traumatic events are replayed and relived, and becomes crippling when they affect mood, relationships or professional life.