I always knew my mom was special. She was my best friend, loudest champion, fiercest critic, proudest supporter and cheekiest partner in crime. In the almost 40 years I shared with her I learned so many lessons- often when I didn’t actually realize she was trying to teach me. Continue reading “Lessons my mom taught me”
You know what they say: if you’re going to talk to yourself, make sure you say something nice. We admit, it’s not something we’re consistently good at. We find it easier to congratulate ourselves and confirm our greatness when something goes well. But we then forget to continue this positive self-talk when things aren’t going well. When we feel down, challenged, or unworthy, we find it hard to believe what we’re saying to ourselves. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself”
At Handled, we run around a lot during an average day. Probably more than most people – that’s just part of the job! Easily clocking an average of 10,000 steps a day sounds pretty impressive and while walking is great exercise, it doesn’t do a whole lot to take care of excess stress. Plus, since it’s the only kind of exercise we’ve been doing for the past few months, we’ve been feeling less tight and toned than we’re comfortable with – especially as Spring comes around.
Most sources suggest that about three hours of vigorous activity is sufficient on a weekly basis, and honestly that seems just about the maximum any busy person could fit into their schedule. But we’re all about getting the most out of this Self-Care Experiment so we thought: what would happen if we did an hour a day – every day – instead? That way we could try seven different types of workouts and see how well each of them served our Self-Care purposes. Sound crazy? Crazy like a fox! So that’s what we did. Continue reading “Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical”
When was the last time you journaled?
Do you have to search back to your teenaged days, when you filled a padlocked diary with the angsty flare-ups and minutiae of high school life? Or maybe, like us, you pick up a fresh ‘Travel Journal’ notebook each time you exercise your wanderlust so you can record every exciting moment of your adventures.
If this is journaling, it’s just not practical for everyday life – and that’s exactly why most of us don’t do it.
But, considering how many experts wax poetic about the benefits of journaling as though it’s a self-care cure-all, we started wondering: had we been doing it wrong this whole time? So, we checked out a bunch of different options to find a better way. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal”
Since last time we were in this space together, we’ve been feeling tired. Like really, exhausted, candle-at-both-ends, biting our tongues, sending ourselves to our rooms kind of tired. Right after a piece we wrote about self-care, you say? Hello irony, our old friend….
At Handled we’ve had lots of practice providing self-care to others, but sometimes we need a good dose of our own medicine. And so we asked you: What are your preferred self-care activities? And, more to the point:
Do you know what fills your cup and brings you a sense of emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being? Continue reading “Self-Care – How do you like yours?”
Think of the words ‘Self Care.’ Did you conjure up a dream sequence of days spent at the spa, dependent-free, work-free, stress-free? An ongoing state of zero responsibility? Languid days and luxurious indulgence? (OMG that actually does sound really good right about now…) Continue reading “Self-Care Means Saying Yes to YOU”
“New year, new you” is the title and theme of most stories we see this time of year.
And it’s no wonder: With a new year comes the ideas and ideals of how we can improve our lives on various levels.
So with this, we thought it would be fitting to round up a varied selection of Toronto professionals and services that come to your home with the intention of helping to make your life easier and a little more manageable.
Cleaning out your closet? Caitlin Agnew explains how to get a sartorial (and financial) second life out of your clothes
For 20 years, Shira Yoskovitch led the charge as a senior executive in retail, distribution, and supply chain management. Life as a busy career woman and caretaker often left her strapped for time, inevitably forcing her to leave certain responsibilities on the backburner. For Yoskovitch (and so many other professionals), efficiency is key to success, which often means building a wardrobe of key sartorial essentials that can be incorporated into a streamlined dressing routine. The problem is, what if you don’t know what those essentials are, or don’t have time to seek them out?