anxiety

Why you don’t need to get lost to find yourself

wilditwasWhy do we sometimes feel the need to get lost to find ourselves?

Where did we go?

Are our comfortable, 9-to-5 lives with practically the whole wide world available at our finger tips so bad?

We bask in the glow of our tech products instead of the warm light of the sunrise. We go to a big room full of sweaty humans and various sizes of black iron and rubber objects and machines with levers and pulleys for a few hours each week in order to maintain our physiques instead of chopping wood, tilling the ground and playing outside. We go to warehouses stocked full of delicious and nutritious food from around the world located just minutes from our homes — most of the time we don’t even have to walk to get there. We’re not under constant threat of predators, we don’t go to bed hungry wondering where our next meal is going to come from, and we can generally fair okay in the elements.

Boy, do we have it easy.

So why are we so depressed? So anxious? Why do we feel the need to abuse substances to feel okay? Do the 27 percent of adults in the U.S. who suffer from mental health disorders all need to sell their belongings and go into the woods for a long hike to find themselves, too, like Cheryl Strayed? (more…)

Book Review: Let go of body shame and find freedom with BODYPeace by Heather Waxman and Kasey Arena

Your thoughts BP BloggersI’m not really one of those people who’s into spiritual self-help books. When I’m perusing Amazon for new books to buy, I generally add inquisitive fiction, exposé-type nonfiction, continuing education texts and cookbooks to my cart. But as a freelance book editor, I’ve had the chance to read my fair share of self-help manuscripts — some good, some not so good. None have stuck with me or lead to make any of the major behavioural changes as promised on the cover of said books.

Until I actually did find a sense of freedom (and a whole lot more) with BODYPeace by Heather Waxman, a meditation expert and life coach, and Kasey Arena, a certified strength and conditioning coach.

BODYPeace is a 30-day self-help guide for women who experience body shame — particular those with disordered eating behaviors such as obsessive calorie counting and binge eating — let go of those behaviours and find inner peace.

The first part of the book focuses on how to recognize those behaviours (called “BODYshame” in the book), explains what might really be going on (most disordered eating behaviours are triggered by a past experience or deep-rooted psychiatric issue, such as anxiety, depression or OCD) and provides readers with a set of tools for how to manage them. (more…)

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