lifestyle counseling & stress management

Lifestyle counseling encompasses all of the day to day ways that we protect our health and nourish our spirits. This includes exercise, stress reduction, breathing techniques, meditation, visualization, healthy communication, aand the environment in which we live - all of the aspects that make up a healthy, happy, balanced life.

In small doses, stress can be a good thing. But when the going gets too tough and life's demands exceed your ability to cope, stress becomes a threat to your physical, mental, behavioural and emotional well-being.

During times of increased stress, it is of utmost importance to have proper coping mechanisms in place to help minimize the damage of stress in our bodies and to prevent acute stress into becoming deep-seated and chronic.

Recent research suggests a high percentage of illness is stress-related. The following is a list of some health problems that can be caused or worsened by long-term stress:

Heart attack
Hypertension
Stroke
Cancer
Diabetes
Depression
Obesity
Eating disorders
Substance abuse
Ulcers
Irritable bowel syndrome
Memory loss
Autoimmune conditions (e.g. lupus)
Insomnia
Thyroid problems
Infertility
and more...

We will work together with the goal of being able to develop an awareness of what are your day-to-day stressors, implement new coping strategies, and make lifestyle and dietary modifications. Doing this, the goal is for you to create a lifestyle and environment in which you are better able to thrive. Thus, resulting in a happy, healthy and well adjusted life.

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