Are you feeling sexy, or feeling sleepy? Either way, this month is for you!

 August is here, and this month we’re excited to be getting into two of our very favourite topics – sex and sleep. We wanted to bring you a great month of content to end the summer, and let’s be honest – who doesn’t like to talk about sex and sleep?

 

Mark your calendars. We’ve got two great workshops coming up:

Julia Glowinski is a registered social worker, specializing in sleep. She earned an Honors Specialization undergraduate degree in Psychology and a major in Art History at Western University. Julia completed a Master of Social Work at York University and earned a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto. After spending 8 years working in the Crisis Service at Youthdale Treatment Centres, and realizing the strong connection between sleep and mental health, Julia...

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Coming Soon: 8 steps to wellness online retreat program.

The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 has left many of us scrambling to adapt to a new way of life. Social distancing and adjusting our lives safely around the pandemic can be stressful, leaving us feeling anxious and no longer in control. 

 

Without the ability to get away for a relaxing vacation or rejuvenating retreat, Optimal Living Summit has created the perfect online staycation for you during this time of non-essential travel. Our Optimal Living Team has found an exciting way for you to take control of your financial, spiritual, and physical future with the 8 steps to wellness online retreat program!

 

The 8 steps to wellness online retreat program was designed to help you transform your life from the comfort of your own home. Are you ready to plan for the next step? Learn how to master the 8 essential aspects of wellness from financial independence to spiritual wellness.

 

By the end of this online retreat, you will have learned how to...

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Practicing Patience During a Pandemic

After many weeks of social distancing and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening of society is a hopeful and optimistic prospect. But for some, it may also be a bit overwhelming. Adjusting to a new normal during the peak of the pandemic meant creating a structure to maintain your wellbeing, where you formed new habits around how you spend your time. 

 

During this uncertain time, the OLS blog has been here to support you. We covered topics ranging from how to create healthy habits, how to take care of your mental and physical health, and how to re-energize your space. Now as our energy shifts outward and we begin to interact with the outside world more frequently, it’s important to practice patience. 

 

Patience with Yourself

 

Creating a routine that revolves around social distancing caused you to have to adapt to spending significant amounts of time alone or with a very small group of people. Your personal routines have likely been...

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5 Ways to Support Your Employees’ Mental Health During Quarantine

 

 

Leaders and their HR teams have a lot to manage during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has left employees around the world scrambling to adapt to a new way of life. Social distancing and adjusting to remote work can be stressful and navigating these changes has left many employees feeling anxious, depressed and uneasy about what could happen next.

 

As a decision-maker, now is the perfect time to demonstrate your commitment to your team’s overall wellness and mental health. We’ve learned that having happy and healthy employees results in increased productivity, lower long-term healthcare costs and less turnover within your business. Here are five ways that employers can support their employees’ mental health and wellness during COVID-19.

 

1. Use technology to stay connected

Create a community Slack or WhatsApp channel where employees can stay connected as a team and combat the loneliness that can come from social isolation. Use the channel...

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Organize, Maximize, and Energize: Taking Advantage of The Space We Live In.

With many of us spending the majority of our time at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, now is the perfect time to organize, maximize, and energize the spaces we live in! 

 Many of us have been looking for more structure since social isolation began. Organizing your living space is a great way to build structure and routine into your daily schedule without having to step outside. When we organize and clean, we are moving and our bodies and keeping our minds active.

 While we are all spending so much time indoors, keeping our homes organized and less chaotic also helps us maximize the space we have for work and wellness. Coincidentally, a clean and organized space helps us feel energized and motivated and aids in reducing stress and anxiety

 Are you ready to organize, maximize, and energize the space you’re living in? Then follow along below!

 

 Start with a deep clean

Come spring, it’s usually time to do a deep clean on your home...

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Creating healthy habits during COVID-19

The second week of the COVID-19 pandemic has arrived in Canada. As we adjust to life during these uncertain times, it’s natural to have difficulty maintaining healthy habits. Many people, including myself, are having trouble sleeping, managing their stress and eating right - not to mention coping with the loneliness that often comes with self-isolations and social distancing.

This week on the OLS blog we take a closer look at how you can create and maintain healthy habits during COVID-19. I’ll be sharing a few tips that I’ve found useful as well as referencing insightful industry experts, who provide great recommendations.

Creating a healthy bedtime routine

If you’re feeling stressed, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Stress affects the quality of your sleep, making it hard for you to fall asleep, and stay asleep. “We need to get enough sleep to reduce stress and stay healthy,” says Christine Won, medical director of the...

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How to Improve Your Immune System and Cope With COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are feeling anxious and uncertain. Check your social media or turn on the news and you’ll see panic-buying at the supermarket and people wearing face masks when they have no symptoms.

All this tension might leave you feeling a little powerless, but there are a few things you can do to help strengthen your immune system and help protect yourself and your loved ones during this time.

  1. Get more sleep

The body’s immune system is incredible at helping to protect us from unwanted bugs and viruses but our immune systems can’t work properly without enough sleep. Research shows that sleep-deprived people can have suppressed immunity, meaning that they're more at risk of contracting viruses.

If you feel worried or you are anxious (about COVID-19, for example), you're more at risk of sleep problems such as insomnia. And if you're sleep-deprived, you're more likely to be anxious. The...

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Is your job hurting your health?

Do you feel more like a zombie after a day at work than a superhero? Feeling exhausted, unmotivated and in physical pain, each day from your job?  That can lead to some pretty serious consequences for both your mental and physical health.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 3 ways your job could be hurting your health and what you can do it fix it.

1)The issue: Too much Stress 

Avoiding stress at the workplace and throughout the day can be difficult. Nearly one-third of us are stressed during the workday and about 40% of us blame long hours for that stress, says the Atlantic. Although a 40-hour workweek is supposed to be the standard many of us put in a long hour at our jobs each day leading to a host of health issues. 

Chronic stress leads to both physical and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, weight gain, sleeping problems and heart disease. No one wants to be stress, but when we factor in long commutes, longer hours and the...

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How to have a healthy relationship in 2020

February is the month of love. As the temperatures drop outside, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, things are heating up inside. In the spirit of self-love and making 2020 the best year possible, let’s take a look at five dating resolutions that will make this year’s relationships the healthiest yet:

 1) Quit Ghosting  

 

Chances are there’s been some level of “ghosting” in your love life. “Ghosting” happens when someone you’ve been talking to or dating suddenly cuts off all communication without warning.

 

There’s no indication as to why, no phone call to explain that their feelings have changed and no text to signal that they need some space. They just spookley disappear! 

 

People ghost for many reasons and we shouldn’t make any assumptions, but being left high and dry still doesn’t feel great.

On average, 26% of women report that they have been ghosted...

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Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

Journaling can be a powerful tool for the human mind, it gives us a chance to express and process events. Journaling can also help us gain new perspectives and improve our problem solving ability.

Here are the top 8 reasons why you should be starting a journal today:

1) It improves memory : Writing things down helps us remember them. When we journal about new understanding and epiphanies, they are more likely to stick to the future. Not only journaling boosts memory and comprehension.

2)  Set & achieve your goals.A journal is a good place to write your goals, ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. By keeping them in a diary, you can monitor your progress and continue to focus on the next milestone.

3) It promotes self- awareness and mindfulness: Promotes happiness and a sense of wellbeing. Journaling encourages us to focus on our present thoughts and feelings.

4) It improves physical health : Research has suggested that regular journaling  strengthens immune...

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