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Why Sexual Function is Impacted by Chronic Stress

This week's blog post is a repost from Mercedes at Vida Health and Wellness. It's a great article that talks about how sexual function has many components to it. Mercedes is a physiotherapist in Calgary who specializes in women's health issues such as painful intercourse, embarrassing leaks, pelvic floor health for any stage of pregnancy, breastfeeding support and more. Be sure to check her out!

And now for the post....

The status quo

Many of the world’s academics will agree that physical and emotional intimacy are basic human needs. We are a social species and we seek relationships that fulfill these needs. Friendships make us happy and are integral to our social fabric, but many people also seek a different type of connection: a physical one. This drives us to find a partner, a mate, and ultimately a fellow parent. The enjoyment of a sexual relationship is human nature for a reason.

If this is the case, though, why were we (collectively) having 15% less...

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What Are the Best Productivity Tools For Entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs have their plates full. They have to be all things to all people, especially in the start-up phase of their business. I get it. I’m on my third business and know how important productivity is. If you can get more done with less time, you’ll be more successful. It’s as simple as that.

The best productivity tool is the one that you actually use.

There’s plenty of tools, apps, and resources out there to help you be more productive. Ones that help you manage your time, finances and to do list. There’s tools to help you eat better, get your workouts in and sleep better. There are even apps that help you to manage your apps.

I love productivity tools. But here’s the thing about them. You have to use them in order for them to work. The best productivity tool is the one that you actually use. That tool could be as simple as a notepad. Or it could be as complex as an expensive, highly integrated software program.

Dedicate your time to...

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Why You Should Handle Your Health Like the Boeing B-17 Model 299

Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a love-hate relationship with flying. I love traveling to new and exciting places. It’s the thrill of the adventure. Of going somewhere outside of my routine. Mixing it up to inspire more creativity.
 
The flip side is that I don’t love the process of getting to my destination. The smells on the plane are a mix of stale food, body odor and fumes from the operation of the plane. They upset my stomach. The bumps and jostles during takeoff and landing seem unnatural and I’m sure the plane is about to explode. When we’re in the air, the slightest amount of turbulence makes me nauseous. I’m convinced the plane is going to crash. I work hard to tame the runaway thoughts I have about how my exciting adventure is going to end in a water rescue. I know it’s more in my head than anything else.
 
The whole process of flying seems unnatural to me. It’s a giant, heavy, metal object that...
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Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

Growth often comes from experiencing a failure or setback. You make a mistake, learn what you did wrong and then make changes. The process sounds pretty simple. It can be so much more complex than that.
 
Many women get stuck with the belief that to grow, it implies that they have made bad mistakes. So that makes them a bad person.
 

To grow, you need to acknowledge that your current position isn’t working for you.

 
That doesn’t mean that you are a bad person. It only means that your habits are ineffective and need to change. In my experience, women tend to struggle with this concept more than men. Men jump in and make the necessary changes. They don’t take it personally. Women beat themselves up and fill their mind with self-doubt.
 
The same pattern exists for weight loss as it does for making business decisions. You create unhealthy thoughts like, you’re a bad person because your business failed. Or you’re a...
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The Top 7 Tips For Delicious Calorie Reduced Libations

In the last post we went over the top 5 treats that you might be adding to your waistline. If you missed it, click here. Bethany’s story of weight gain during the summer is not unique. I’ve worked with many women who struggle with summertime weight gain.
 
By making some simple changes, Brittany was able to create refreshing drinks that she enjoyed. She became much more aware of the hidden calories she was consuming. Best of all, Brittany stopped her cycle of weight gain and was able to maintain a steady weight year round.
 

Here’s 7 options to make delicious, calorie reduced libations:

 

Liquor and Soda

Keep it simple. Trade in your fruit juice or tonic for a soda. Same fizzy mouthfeel. None of the calories.
 

Flat or Sparkling water

Libations don’t need to be full of calories. Use flat water or sparkling water to mix with your alcohol of choice.
 

Lemons and Limes

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The Top 5 Summer Treats to Avoid

It’s summertime!

That means it’s patio season. And lots of libations. You’re more willing to enjoy seasonal treats that cool you off. Things like ice cream, popsicles, and cold drinks. The guilty pleasures you only get to enjoy for a few months each year.
 
Those tasty treats are here to sabotage your success and spiral your weight in the opposite direction. If you’re the kind of woman who gains weight in the summer, you’re not alone.
 
Bethany was starting to hate summers. She gained weight every summer and then had to lose it in the winter. This same cycle kept repeating year after year.
 
Bethany loved being social- going out for drinks a few times during the week. On weekends she’d be out and about, enjoying patios, campfires or any social event that came up. She would graze on snacks, hardly having a real meal and sipped a few cocktails at each event.
 
Without even knowing it, Bethany was drinking more...
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Don’t Develop Your Crisis Plan in the Middle of a Crisis

We’ve lost another great one. This week was Anthony Bourdain. Proceeded by Kate Spade, Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many others. Why does it take a traumatic event to spark action? It’s then that we speak out about mental health. That’s when we take action on the bigger issues that have been there all along.

Why don’t we have that passion or desire to change or to develop a plan before disaster strikes? Think of some of the bigger events that have happened in history. 9/11 or New Orleans flooding after hurricane Katrina. When those disasters struck – they were the biggest events that had ever happened in those areas. That was not the first time those first responders had to deal with crisis situations. It was not the first time that doctors in the hospital had to treat acute injuries. It was not the first time that 9-1-1 operators were overwhelmed with calls coming in. Those individual jobs had been performed previously. They had the...

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She Couldn’t Lose Weight Because She Was Too Tired

Andy was tired of feeling frumpy. She wanted her outside to reflect the confident woman she was on the inside. Andy wanted to lose the extra weight for good and hired a trainer to get her on track. Andy did everything that the trainer asked her to. She worked out hard. She ate well. She tried to balance her stress levels.
 
Nothing happened. Her weight didn’t budge. Andy got stronger but she didn’t notice any other changes. She wasn’t leaner. She wasn’t feeling better. In fact, Andy was getting more frustrated. She was putting in a lot of effort and not seeing results. Can you relate to Andy? I know many people who can.
 
It turns out that Andy suffered from Adrenal Fatigue. You know, that “myth” of a diagnosis that isn’t recognized in the medical system. The condition where you literally have NO energy to move. Despite being tired all the time, Andy still made herself workout. She used her...
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Eating Healthier Almost Plugged Her Toilet

Kaitlyn was on a mission to eat healthier and lose weight. For good. She was tired of gaining and losing the same 50 pounds. It was time for her to make a permanent change. She hired me to coach her through the challenging times. Kaitlyn knew what she needed to do, she just needed that extra push to keep her on track.
 
For a few weeks, things were going well for Kaitlyn. She was seeing results. A few pounds had dropped off the scale. Her energy was already on the rise. And then it happened. One day, Kaitlyn could barely get off the toilet. She thought it was just an off day. Then it happened again the next day. And the next. Finally, Kaitlyn clued in that the reason she had to “go” so much was because of all the vegetables she recently started eating.
 
Here’s the thing about veggies. Yes, they are good for you. They are jam-packed with fiber. Which makes you, um… “go.” Lots....
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Everything You Want to Know About Working With a Health Coach

When you want your businesses to hit exponential growth you turn to the experts. You hire marketing professionals or business strategists to help you get going. Mentors keep you focused along the way. Each of these professionals has an area of specialty and you seek them out for their unique skill set. How does that concept apply to your life?
 
As an entrepreneur, you often fill all the roles in your company. When you are operating at your best, you’ll have more energy to put into your business. So to stay successful, it makes sense to keep yourself in top shape. Hire an expert to manage your health in the same way you hire an expert to manage your business. You’ll get an unbiased opinion about what’s going on in your world. From there you’ll be able to focus your energy on the areas that need it most.
 
As a health coach, I look at your health objectively, like your business coach does with your business. I have nothing personal to...
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