How to Build Mental Wellness in Kids

Q&A with Melody Leung, Psychotherapist

Q1. What comes to mind when you think of mental wellness for children’?

Just like physical wellness, everyone needs to work towards mental wellness too.  Unfortunately, mental wellness isn’t always discussed openly so children haven’t had as much opportunity to learn how to take care of their mental health.

Mental wellness represents how we are feeling mentally.  Children who are feeling mentally well are often those that feel confident, are resilient, and satisfied with their lives. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Mental Wellness and Self-Care

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW & Provider of Psychotherapy

The phrase “self-care” was one of 2017’s mental health buzz terms, and for good reasons. As a society, we are working more hours, hooked into our technical devices longer, creating endless piles of to-do lists, and in a constant social media race of comparison and acceptance. It’s exhausting. To combat this reality, the term self-care pops up as a possible remedy.

Between friends or colleagues, casual discussions of wine and Netflix binges are the beginner’s version of self-help. Perhaps the goal for 2018 is to take the concept of self-care to a new level.

Let’s be clear, there is no right or wrong way to engage in self-care.  But what if the new challenge is to engage in self-care that isn’t just for immediate release but a step towards meeting a larger need. For example: instead of always choosing a Netflix binge, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Instead of always choosing a glass of wine or pour of bourbon, go to bed early, so you can wake in time for a morning run.

The idea is that self-care takes on a deeper meaning, and can challenge us to engage in behaviours that aren’t just for immediate relief, but to help our overall mental wellness become more sustainable. This can be accomplished in many areas on life. Yes, this is harder than it sounds. Yes, I struggle with this the same as everyone else. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Using Your Third Eye to Tap into Your Intuition

By Geraldine LoMonaco, Energy Healer & Intuitive Practitioner 

Have you ever had a moment when you felt something was just not right?

Maybe you had a sense of unease while walking through a parking lot or meeting someone for the first time. How did you respond? Did you shrug it off or dismiss it as illogical nonsense? […]

The Natural Anxiety Solution for Kids: Exercise!

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Back-to-school can create a lot of stress and anxiety for kids. Most parents are looking for natural ways to reduce their child’s stress. Exercise has long been linked to improved mood, reduced anxiety and increased self-confidence. Children need at least an hour of physical activity to achieve these benefits.

Feel less stressed
Feel better about themselves
Feel more ready to learn in school
Keep a healthy weight
Build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints
Sleep better at night

The challenge is fitting exercise into the family schedule OR convincing your child to go! Here are some Toronto-specific suggestions to help you use fitness as a natural family remedy.  […]

The Myths of Social Work and Psychotherapy

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW and provider of psychotherapy

Myth: Only crazy people or people with severe issues receive psychotherapy.

Everyday, people seek therapy for a range of reasons. Some pursue psychotherapy for treatment of anxiety or depression. But others want help coping with life stressors or transitions like martial strain or separation, parenting challenges, the loss of a job, stress management or conflict at work. Others may need help managing and balancing work and family responsibilities, coping with an aging parent, or improving relationship skills. By learning problem solving skills and coping strategies, anyone (young and old) can benefit from psychotherapy. I work with both adults, teens and children. […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Mindful Travel Tips for Families

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

The March Break is almost upon us. It is family travel time! Traveling with family members big and small can be challenging. I remember an old teacher once saying “If you think you are enlightened – spend a week travelling with your family!” Certainly, these times can test our patience but they are also the best of times for creating memories, strengthening bonds and reconnecting to the the important people in our life. If you are worried about how you will make it through, try these suggestions for mindful travel with family.  […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Mind Body Medicine, Travel|0 Comments

Introduction to Meditation – Free Workshop

With Lorraine Manners

Is the approaching holiday season and your to-do list stressing you out? We can help – join us for this free meditation workshop.Meditation has been proven to lessen anxiety, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress while increasing attention, focus, calmness and a sense of peace.Using a practical approach, Lorraine will introduce you to three different types of mediation so you can find the one that fits you best, and begin enjoying the benefits of this powerful tool.When: Monday, December 12th at 6:30 pmWhere: Innate Wellness, 5 Quebec AvenueWith: Lorraine Manners, IntuitiveCONTACT US TO REGISTER

By |November 29th, 2016|Mind Body Medicine, Workshops|0 Comments

Holiday Survival Tea Recipe

Tea is a subtle way of receiving nature’s best medicine. Herbal infusions extract medicinal ingredients through the heat of water. Just the warmth of botanically inspired water helps to melt stress, while sitting to enjoy a cup of tea promotes mindfulness. This holiday season, consider taking some time once or twice per day to enjoy this mood & digestion balancing blend.

Ingredients

You can find most of these ingredients through your local herbal shop. If you live in Toronto, Herbies Herbs is one of the best locations for bulk herbal medicines.

2 Parts Lemon Balm (1 Cup)
2 Parts Chamomile (1 Cup)
1 Part Oat Tops (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Rose Petals (1/2 Cup)
1 Part Lavender (1/2 Cup)
Optional: Cinnamon Sticks

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By |November 29th, 2016|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Recipes|0 Comments

The Immune System Checklist

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

 

Immunity is about harmony between the person and their environment that involves a complex web of interactions including those with other people, culture, food, work, weather…. Everything! One might say that the immune system is about relationships or how the cells of the body relate to the outside world. A person dealing with an immune issue whether it is frequent illness or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus MUST consider the relationship between their inner world and the outside environment.

The Mind-Body-Immune System Connection

An increasing body of research supports the idea that the mind and nervous system are capable of modulating immune response. The term ‘psychoneuroimmunology’ comes from the growing understanding that our thoughts, moods and emotions affect our neurological and endocrine systems that affect our immune function. The immune system communicates with our neurological and hormonal systems to activate or inhibit immune function. Physical illness and immune system issues can also affect our mental and emotional well being. This relationship goes both ways.  […]

Innate Q&A: Meet Lindsey Danisch!

For those of you who don’t know, Lindsey Danisch is the newest edition to the Innate Wellness Team. We are very excited to have her! Counselling services are an essential part of holistic health care. As a Registered Social Worker and provider of Psychotherapy, Lindsey offers counselling services for individuals, families and children. She has a tonne of experience and couldn’t be more approachable but we think you should get to know her yourself! Read more about Lindsey in our monthly Innate Q&A…

Q1: This is the first time Innate Wellness has had a Social Worker and Provider of Psychotherapy on their team. We are very excited! How do you see your services fitting into this integrative and holistic team?

I’m so excited to be a part of the Innate team! With the pace of today’s society and the increase of expectations/demands on everyone, paying attention to one’s mental health becomes progressively important. I recognize that while it can take a village to raise a child, it can take a team to tackle the physical and emotional complexities of our clients. Psychotherapy is a great compliment to the services already being provided at Innate Wellness. I am able to dig a little deeper with clients to address and support any underlying concerns that may be creating a barrier to improving our overall health and wellness. […]