Tag Archives: reduce stress

28Apr/15
Why I hope I'm never the smartest person anywhere

Why I hope I’m never the smartest person anywhere

Why I hope I'm never the smartest person anywhere

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The other night while watching some playoff hockey, JF and I saw an advertisement for a game show called “Canada’s Smartest Person”. I haven’t seen the show so I can only presume it is a trivia and challenge show intended to test different types of intelligence, the prize being both money and bragging rights of being deemed the “smartest” (by a Canadian game show anyways, but that fact might remain unsaid).

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23Mar/15
60 Seconds to Fitness

60 Seconds to fitness

“I don’t have the time” is an excuse we’ve all used for why we don’t exercise. It is true that it can be difficult to take the recommended 30-60 minutes each day to dedicate to exercise. Fortunately, studies* show that even 10 minutes of exercise a day is enough to reap the benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart attack, diabetes and lower stress levels. So try this quick tip to incorporate exercise seamlessly into your day: Write a variety of exercises on pieces of paper (some sample exercises will be at the end, but hundreds can be found by searching “bodyweight exercises”) and place them in a jar. At various times throughout the day, reach into the jar and pull out an exercise. Aim to perform each exercise for either a set number of repetitions (10-20) or for 60 seconds, time well spent improving your health. Make time to incorporate exercise into your daily life and not only will your body reap the benefits, the endorphins released during activity will improve your mood.

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13Feb/15
Minimalist Closet Tour

Minimalist Closet Tour

Here’s a quick overview of the closet that JF and I share. We try to keep a fairly simple wardrobe, keeping pieces that we enjoy and wear on a regular basis. There’s no “right amount” of clothing, that is a personal choice based on your own preferences, space limitations, and lifestyle. We try to donate/repurpose anything worn out or that doesn’t fit anymore, as well as pieces that no longer fit our stage of life or circumstances (i.e. a maternity top when I am no longer pregnant). I don’t go into detail of all my clothing but what you see includes all of my workout/exercise clothing, and all of my more “regular” clothing, excluding undergarments and pyjamas – the same goes for JF’s side of the closet. Here are my 3 tips for how to keep your wardrobe simple and enjoy a tidier closet in the process!

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05Feb/15

How Not to Become a Hoarder

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Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/ Freedigitalphotos.net

The other morning as I was getting clothes for my daughter to wear to school, I opened her sock drawer and reached for her last pair of clean socks. Internally I told myself “We’ll have to get her more socks.” Immediately my mind started to debate itself: “Do you really need more socks or do you just have to do laundry?”

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21Jan/15
Ban The Than

Ban The Than

Ban The Than

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How long have I been a minimalist? Longer than some of you but definitely shorter than Joshua Becker! Does this kind of answer satisfy you? Probably not. And yet, we use it all the time.

How’s the weather? It’s colder than yesterday. Do you like the soup? It’s better than the last batch. Wasn’t that a great movie? I guess, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two in the series.

Why then, with these kind of answers failing to satisfy us, do we insist on comparing?

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08Dec/14
Setting Goals - Get Smart

Setting Goals – Get Smart

Goals: we all know what they are but do we actually make a practice of setting, and working towards them, in our lives? Watch this video to learn how to set SMART goals and how to increase your chances of achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Leave us a comment with a goal that you’ve set for yourself for the week, month, or year ahead.

Not sure if your goals are relevant? Read Read 5 Ways to Find Yourself.

Great goals aim for progress, not perfection. Watch this video to learn how to Rethink Perfection.

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25Nov/14
Date your Mate

Date your Mate!

Dating doesn’t end with “I do”, rather, spending time alone as a couple is an important part of staying connected. Watch this video to see how we like to keep dating a part of our marriage and how you can too! Go and date your mate! [tweet this]

You might also enjoy 7 Signs You Need to Reconnect With Your Spouse and 7 Ways to Reconnect With Your Spouse.

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30Oct/14
Be a People Builder

Be a People Builder

Be a People Builder

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Have you ever been around people who make you feel like you could do anything you set you mind to? Or people who, when with you, make you feel like you mean the world to them. Even when they have to tell you something you won’t like, you feel like they genuinely care. These are simply people builders!

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20Oct/14
5 Ways to Enjoy Any Experience More

5 Ways to Enjoy Any Experience More

This is my favourite video from Cheryl so far. We try to use what is described in this video every day. We’re not always in the moment but we try to be more intentional in everything we do and it works. It brings us more joy, we seem to be more satisfied and it helps us reduce stress.

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Resources

Here are some resources on being in the moment:

14Oct/14
Don’t Slam The Brakes

Don’t Slam The Brakes

Don’t Slam The Brakes

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I’ve seen a lot of stupid driving since moving to a city over 7 years ago. I mean, a lot. Some poor driving decisions including turning left on a red light, cutting off a bicycle, and ignoring stop signs altogether. One style of driving I see more often than not is failure to look ahead and anticipate what’s coming. Drivers will accelerate as much as possible to pass others, run lights, and avoid stopping, only to have to slam their brakes when they (inevitably) come across something that causes them to have to slow down. I think that many people who drive like this also live this way, too. They go go go as much as possible, pushing past anyone who would dare get in their way, only to have to slam on the breaks when they can’t maintain their speed anymore. Perhaps their obstacle comes in the form of a health crisis, or a stressful season of life that they can’t cope with.

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