Solitude is taking time for oneself. We all need solitude whether we are single, in a relationship, or have a family. Solitude is essential for our personal well-being and the health of our interpersonal relationships. Solitude allows us time to rejuvenate and get in touch with ourselves; it is needed by everyone, regardless of their nature; introverts tend to require more solitude, but even the most extroverted individuals benefit from time with themselves. [Read more…]
The winter solstice is a turning point when the days start to grow longer. After the solstice, the darkness wanes as more light emerges.The sun brings light, energy, and warmth into our lives. As the sun’s energy increases, there is a promise of spring and renewal of life which brings hope for a bright and warm future. When we celebrate the light, we are inspired to continue on our path.
The solstice symbolizes the return of the light after a period of darkness. It is a time to acknowledge our fears and remember that new life emerges from the darkness; it is from our challenges that we grow and evolve. The solstice is a time to acknowledge transformation and to be open to the possibilities that life presents. [Read more…]
Self-care is about identifying your needs for your physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being and taking deliberate action to meet those needs. Self-care includes taking the time to do activities that nourish you; it also requires restricting situations or activities that interfere with your well-being. Knowing your limits and setting appropriate boundaries is important in your . Letting go of people or situations that deplete you and making space for that which fills you with energy and joy is the essence of self-care. Self-care is an essential aspect self-love, and it means treating yourself with the same kindness and respect that you would treat others. [Read more…]
Making cards is a fun way to connect with yourself, reflect on your needs for self-care, and create a tool to help you take more time for self-nourishment. Self-care is an essential, but often overlooked aspect of health and well-being.
This article outlines how to create your own personalized deck of self-care cards which you can pull from when you feel stressed or overwhelmed; the cards will guide you to how you can care for yourself at that moment. You can make your cards as unique as you; there are no rules – include any images or words which invite you to take time for self-care. [Read more…]
Castor oil is derived from the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis) which is native to India, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Africa. The use of castor oil can be traced back to 3000BC when the ancient Egyptians used it for its medicinal effects. Castor oil is also a widely used remedy in the ancient healing system of .
Castor oil is pale yellow in colour and a bit sticky in texture. It has a high content of fatty acids, particularly ricinoleic acid which makes up about 90% of its fatty acid content. Ricinoleic acid is a rare substance with exceptional healing abilities. [Read more…]
Constipation is when bowel movements become infrequent. Although it is ideal to have at least one bowel movement per day, a person is generally not considered constipated unless they have less than three bowel movements per week. More specifically, is where there is a significant change in bowel patterns, for example, if two bowel movements a day is the norm for an individual, then having three bowel movements per week would be infrequent for them.
In addition to infrequent bowel movements, signs of constipation also include strained or difficult bowel movements, hard or dry stools, and incomplete bowel movements. Constipation may also be accompanied by abdominal pain, [Read more…]and bloating.
Fibre is a type carbohydrate which gives plants their structure and rigidity. Fibre is indigestible by the human body, meaning that it is not broken down by gastric acid and digestive enzymes, or absorbed through walls of the intestine. Some types of pass through the digestive system untouched, whereas other types are metabolized by the beneficial bacteria in the colon.
Adequate fibre intake is 14g for every 1000 calories consumed. This equates to a recommended daily intake of about 25g-30g per day for women, and 30-36g per day for men, but it will vary according to an individual’s caloric intake. Children and the elderly, who consume fewer calories, also need less fibre. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should increase their fibre intake slightly as they need to consume more calories than the average woman. The average person only gets 8-18g of fibre per day, which may explain why digestive disturbances, such as [Read more…]and , are so common.
This exercise was introduced to me by my teacher of Social and Developmental Issues in Psychology. It seems to be a common exercise in art therapy, and it’s easy to see why; it can give a very insightful look into one’s interpersonal relationships with other individuals and within social groups. [Read more…]
Traditional Name: Rigid
Stage of Development: Phallic Stage (3.5 years to 6 years)
Function Truncated: Acceptance and Approval
- rejection from the caregiver (usually of opposite sex)
- parents expectations around performance
- growing up too soon to win parents approval (trying harder, doing better)
Experience: Love is conditional on performance [Read more…]
Stage of Development: Anal Stage (18 months to 3 years)
Function Truncated: Responsibility and freedom
- controlling caregiver
- caregiver suppresses child’s natural impulses and independence
- over protective or over-concerned caregiver
- shame and invasion of privacy
Experience: Life is double bind [Read more…]
Stage of Development: Oral (breastfeeding) stage (first 2 years of life).
Function Truncated: Support and self-support.
- unpredictable feeding schedule
- being left alone for a long time
- inadequate nourishment or support
Experience: Abandonment. [Read more…]
Stage of Development: Phallic Stage (3.5 years to 6 years)
Function Truncated: Autonomy
- overpowering caregiver
- caregiver putting the child down
- caregiver uses the child to satisfy their own needs or to feel gratification
Experience: It is unsafe to show true feelings [Read more…]