Taking Care of You – How Much Time Should You Spend On Your Well-being?

It’s a busy time, and we’ve got a lot to worry about. No wonder so many women are struggling to find a few moments each day to address their own well-being. Children, partners, pets, parents, friends, and careers all seem to come first. But even if you have an hour or so in the evening, doesn’t it feel a bit selfish to then indulge? It shouldn’t do, but for some reason, we tend to feel a little guilty prioritizing ourselves.

Why should you self-indulge? Your health and well-being are essential to others as much as it is for yourself. If you’re unwell, you can’t focus your strength and energy on family or work. You have to take time out to rest and get well again. But if you’re regularly taking the time to focus on your health, you’re actively reducing your risk of becoming ill in the first place.

What is the alternative? If you keep working and working instead of addressing any health issues, you could be making matters worse. Stress and anxiety can lead to depression. You might be tempted to self-medicate so you can keep pushing on. But when you’re dealing with things like depression issues, this can have quite serious consequences. It’s always best to stop and take stock of what’s happening, rather than pushing yourself too hard. Speak to your doctor and take that step back. Continue reading


Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Finding the right shoes is a challenge. Of course, you have a size chart, which can give a helping hand. However, our feet are three-dimensional, and so a chart can never be accurate. Plus, everyone’s feet are different, and so there is no magical formula when it comes to finding the right shoes for you. With that in mind, below we take a look at some of the common signs that the shoes you are wearing aren’t right for you:

Are your feet in pain? Your shoes may not be the right ones.

Are you wearing the wrong shoes for your feet? Read on to find out. Pexels, CC0 License.

You are in pain – Let’s begin with the most obvious point of them all; if you are in pain, the shoes you are wearing are not right for you. Your shoes should never cause your pain or irritation. However, we seem to assume that this is something we simply have to accept – no pain, no gain, as they say! Well, that phrase certainly does not apply to wearing shoes. If the pain persists no matter what shoes you wear, it could be a sign that there is something else wrong – such as an injury or a certain condition. From fallen arches to bunions, plantar fasciitis, and flat foot, there are a number of conditions that can cause pain. Luckily, there are also flat feet shoes available, as well as shoes for other conditions, reducing the pain and ensuring you can get about comfortably. But, don’t simply put pain to the back of your mind; it is important that you wear the right shoes to minimize the symptoms you are experiencing.

Your shoes are too old – No matter how much you try to protect your shoes, pounding the pavement is going to cause some damage over the years. You may get to the point where your shoes do not provide the support they used to. You should be able to tell that your shoes need an upgrade. Signs include noticeable creases, as well as listing to one side when you place them on a flat surface. When it comes to walking shoes and trainers, if you log about ten miles per week, you should change your shoes at least once per year. Continue reading

John’s Believe It Or Not… July 16th

“1880 – Emily Howard Stowe the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada”

Please read on to learn more about Emily Howard Stowe in this blog post from John Fioravanti.

Happy Monday to you all!


Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

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* 1880 – Emily Howard Stowe the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.(Emily Howard Stowe, née Jennings, a physician was a lifelong champion of women’s rights and taught school in Brantford and Mount Pleasant, Canada W (Ontario), and in 1856 married John Stowe, whose illness from tuberculosis inspired her to seek a career in medicine. No Canadian college would accept a woman student, so she enrolled at the New York Medical College for Women and on her graduation in 1867 set up a practice in Toronto. She was the first Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada, although she was not licensed until 1880. Emily Stowe’s struggle to enter the medical profession caused her to organize the Woman’s Medical College, Toronto, in 1883. In 1876 she had founded the Toronto Women’s Literary Club, Canada’s first suffrage group, and she was the principal founder and…

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