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Our mission is always to provide knowledge and education at Optimal Living Summit through the Optimal Living brand. In the words of our Founder and CEO Michael Challenger, "In a world full of distraction and constant chaos, we believe in making a difference within any organization or community. We must first start with the people." And you, if you're reading this – you are our people. Thank you for joining us on our journey to focus on wellness and optimal living in our community, and thank you for celebrating with us.
This month, we're celebrating our community. The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 has left many of us scrambling to adapt to a new way of life, feeling anxious, isolated, and disconnected. We believe that although physical distancing is essential right now, social distancing is not the answer. Social connection is! Social distancing and adjusting our lives safely around the pandemic can be stressful. Let's...
October is here, and with it brings more changes as we head into the fall months. We don’t have to tell you that 2020 has been a challenging year. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people have made the transition to work remotely.
Working from home can have benefits, but not surprisingly, it also presents some challenges. These challenges arise in many areas such as: work-life balance, juggling the stress, responsibilities, mental health, and of course maintaining a healthy body and protecting ourselves from illness. This is a lot to take on in the effort of maintaining optimal health and wellness, but we’re here to help!
The terms "wellness" and "well-being" are trendy, but what do they really mean? How do we achieve well-being in all areas of our life? This month, we're focusing on work and wellness. This focus on work and wellness applies to our body, mind, and spirit in true Optimal Living Summit fashion.
We know this...
Using whole, healthy foods can act as medicine to protect and heal your body while providing fuel and boosting your immune system. Using food as medicine starts by changing your mindset and your approach to food from "restriction" to "introduction" of an abundance of the right foods. Here are five ways to use food as medicine:
1. Cultivate mindful eating habits.
In addition to simply paying attention to what you consume, it’s also important to note that how you eat also affects your food’s medicinal effects. We know your life is busy, and it’s not always possible to focus on mindful, relaxed eating. So try this: name three things you are grateful for before eating and try to take the time to enjoy and savour the foods you eat.
2. Seek out medicinal foods.
According to Ayurveda, foods that are raw, fresh, locally sourced, and organic contain high amounts of prana or vital life force. When you eat high pranic foods, you take in some of the...
September is here, and we’re all feeling curious about what the fall months will look like. With so much uncertainty around this stressful time for everyone, this month’s focus is on the power of food when it comes to protecting and healing our bodies from illness.
Mark your calendars. We’ve got two exciting workshops coming up:
Charleston Dollano is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of What’s Good Wellness Center. He has been in the hospitality industry for over 2 decades. Charleston specializes in fermenting, sprouting, making people laugh,...
This month, our focus is on two crowd pleasers – sex and sleep. These are a few of our favourite topics, and with good reason. These two topics have plenty in common and are both deeply connected to our physical and mental health and well-being.
Like most aspects of our health, it all starts with sleep. The well-known recommendation for adults is to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. However, many surveys and clinical studies have found that the average adult gets less than seven hours each night. This of course, leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of mental and physical health complications. Long-term sleep deficits can significantly affect our mood and even lead to anxiety and depression. Aside from making you feel groggy, grumpy, and not so great – not getting enough sleep can affect our relationships.
The relationship between sex and sleep goes much deeper than the fact that they are both typically done in bed. Getting enough...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...