Happy Mother’s Day — oh and by the way, remember you’re in Canada!

I know I’m probably going to sound like a miserable cow, but bear with me here. After all, I know this day is about happiness and gratitude for homemade cards, flowers, gifts and hashtag blessed Facebook photos.

I admit to struggling to write the words that lie ahead. The ‘positive sunshine’ side of me is forever grateful for being a mum. But these are words of truth I’m sharing — and maybe I’m not alone in this.

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My fave little Montreal side stepper

It’s safe to say that Canadian Mothering Sunday is a…

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Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

Many of us spend more time at work with our co-workers than we do at home with our loved ones. No wonder our workplace environment and co-worker interactions have a significant impact on us.

It’s saddening to read that toxic workplaces are the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Dying for a Paycheck.

This statistic is not only heartbreaking to discover, but is a relatable situation to those who have survived a toxic workspace. A stressful work environment can play havoc with a person’s self-esteem, mental wellness and outlook on…

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It’s easy to get caught in a vicious stress circle. We pour a coffee to cope with a busy schedule, pack in high-intensity exercise activities to ‘burn’ off stress, and when our brain needs a break from work, we reach for our phones and log on to social media to scroll through endless content that asks us to react more. Unknowingly going from one buzz to another, we’re actually adding more stimulation to our load and (drumroll, please)… more stress.

Stress is a reaction to those daily obstacles of change or challenge we are required to leap over. There is…

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You may have your ideal job and work within an awesome team of people you adore, but somehow you still manage to feel stressed at work? How come?

Hands up if you have your work email on your phone? Hands up if you take your mobile phone home with you? Stupid question, of course, you do! But stick with me here. Do you use your phone as an alarm and have it by your bed? Do you check your email at some point in the evening because it’s habitual? Do you check your work plan of actions for the day…

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You’re planning to go away this weekend to have some fun and relaxation with your buddies on the golf course. You’ve been looking forward to this ‘guys trip,’ but on the horizon you can only see the monumental work deadlines and a ton of work still to do. Your shoulder muscles tense up, you find yourself biting at your fingernails as you sit at your desk. Your partner has just texted to let you know that one of your kids is having issues at school and the school principal has requested a family meeting. …

I’m aware my stress levels need a proper sort out, and since meditation has gone mainstream, I’m happy to put down my matcha latte and a phone full of cat videos, to consider something else that may help me get off this roundabout of tackling stress.

With a busy workload and family life that is nothing short of what real family life entails — I’m caught up in the vicious circle of either trying to rev myself up to meet a challenge or wind down because I’m so revved up!

But here’s the bitter truth about being unbelievably busy (check)…

Imagine you’re sitting in a seat on a rollercoaster. As the metal cars begin to jerk along to the symphony of loud technical signals, the excitement begins to run through your veins. You start to ascend the steep metal slope. You smile as you inhale a sense of power. Invincible feelings take charge as you become set to defy the laws of gravity. Euphoria trickles down your spine at the prospect of sheer joy from being up so high above the world that it sends wind rushing through each strand of your hair. …

I’ve been on a mission recently — a mission to master happiness, wellness and self-love. No, wait! Hang on a minute — please don’t run off to hurl into a bucket (though with a nauseating opening line like that, I can’t blame you!)

Let me start again.

Last year I decided to cut negativity and rubbish out of my life as, quite frankly, life is too short, and I feel I have wasted too many minutes on miserable experiences.

Over the past year, I’ve worked hard to declutter my life by removing the jobs, people, clothes, thoughts, habits and social…

I’m calling to my kids from the bottom of the stairs to “get into bed and get a good night’s sleep”. We all know where this story is going — as I hear my kids hopping around and laughing in their bedroom!
Clearly, my request goes down well as I get a responding chorus of “I’m not tired, I’m thirsty, my tummy aches.” No doubt, a stomach ache is the result of laughing amply with your brother!

But what happens when a tummy ache is not a typical cheeky bedtime script? What happens when a sleepless night is a sign…

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, this years #IWD2019 #BalanceForBetter campaign celebrates the achievement and advancement of women.

As a global collective, we recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. However, I believe we should also remember that behind each of these achievements, there is also a kickass amazing woman with human emotions, drive and mental health.

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Photo by Mentatdgt on Pexels

IWD is here to remind us to celebrate the women in our lives. We all know a woman who has inspired us — actually let’s make that a long list of women who never fail to astound…

Flic Taylor

Content writer with a passion for writing about life, mental health & sustainable style. Blog www.loveagoodstripe.com

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