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The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving By Diana in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of  Best Health Magazine There are days where I sit alone in my office and feel like I am having an existential crisis. Although I trained both as a clinical social worker and journalist, I ended up working as a writer and editor, […]

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Beating the Blues: Depression in older adults is not normal

by Diana in YOUAREUNLTD posted November 22, 2018 Usually happy and outgoing, John Rake* was utterly bereft after his wife died last year, after 68 years of being together. “He would tell me, ‘Life isn’t worth living. I just want to die,’” says his daughter Lisa from her home in Toronto. “He was scared. He thought […]

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Yoga, stretched

by Diana in Best Health February/March 2018 Had it with Hatha? Bored of Bikram? Maybe it’s time to roll up your yoga mat in search of a new way to downward dog. There’s no lack of available options. Here are a few to contemplate. | by DIANA BALLON FOR MOST OF US, THE WORD YOGA […]

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The Road to Wellness

by Diana in The READ Winter 2017–18 Melanie-Anne ATKINS’00 draws on her own experience to drive her passion for mental health literacy When Melanie-Anne ATKINS’00 got her job as wellness coordinator at Western University in 2016, she was also completing her PhD full time, singing and dancing in a Broadway show choir, and teaching dance. Her […]

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Confidentially speaking…

by Diana in June/July 2018 issue of Best Health Every woman has her secrets, bien sur. But there are times when spilling the beans is the right thing to do given that you very health and happiness could depend on it. So, when should you ‘fess up rather than shut up? Diana Ballon dishes on […]

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It’s Your Move

by Diana in Best Health October/November 2017 So you’re thinking of decluttering but the idea of your stuff going to landfill is a non-starter? No worries, there are a lot of innovative possibilities. Writer Diana Ballon unpacks your options. I tried not to read into it when my sister gave me Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing […]

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The therapy that can help with your kid’s big emotions

by Diana on May 14, 2018 in todaysparent.com Whether your child experiences depression or just struggles to control their temper, EFFT offers parents tools to help kids regulate their emotions. When Lianne and Ken Houston’s* daughter, Adrienne,* complained that her head was hurting, they asked her some questions to find out what was going on. They […]

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The New Rules of Overcoming a Sports Injury

Featured in Best Health Magazine, May 2017 You did the weekend-warrior thing and now you’ve wrecked your knee. Sound familiar? Here’s how to safely and strategically overcome injury. by Diana Ballon Riding the waves off the shore of Tofino on Vancouver Island had always been a fantasy of mine. And for a while — well, […]

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Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

Featured on everythingzoomer.com on March 21, 2016 “I felt like I could just float away into the sky,” Heather Hewitt told another grieving widow at a children’s support session after Ross, her husband of 18 years, died suddenly in 2009 of Crohn’s related complications. “That’s because you lost your anchor,” the woman responded gently. “That […]

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The End of Monogamy: Real Couples with Open Relationships

Featured in Best Health Magazine, March/April 2016 The traditional model of monogamy doesn’t work for everyone. Read on to learn how some couples make it work with an open relationship The fact that Madeleine Maynard, a 31-year-old Toronto cross-stitch artist, uses the dating site OKCupid and the Tinder app to find men and women for hookups doesn’t […]

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