Health

The Snow School is all about creating relationships, and there is no better month to talk about relationships than February.

This March and April, a six-week girls' hockey program is taking place at the Fernie Memorial Arena as part of Esso Fun Day! This program is designed to familiarize beginners to hockey with basic skills in a fun, positive and welcoming environment at no cost the first-time participant. This enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, experience team spirit, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of achievement. 

We can do hard things. At this time of year so many of us look ahead to how we want to live our lives, what the best version of ourselves looks like, and the new adventures we want to take on. There is a collective hope when people talk about going to new gym classes, making goals at the ski hill, a desire to learn a new skill, or making new friends.

December and January are festive times to celebrate our commitment to the ones we love. When we join as a community to share our time and resources, we can make the holidays wonderful for everyone. 

During the holiday season, family and friends come together to share love and good cheer. For many that means distant travel. There are a lot of things that you can do to make travel easier on yourself. 

Anticipation is the feeling of excitement when you are planning a new travel adventure. It is that anticipation that raises your level of happiness and it can bring your spirits up for a couple of months before you even leave, according to studies. In Fernie at this time of year, the anticipation is for a great ski season. The dream of all those perfect days of blasting down the slopes with a smile from ear to ear. 

If I were to follow the advice of several Tik Tok and Instagram mental health stories I might come to believe: All relationships are toxic, any child who has energy or difficulty concentrating has ADHD, my moody family members are bi-polar and should be on medication, but most medications do not work, and therapy is a waste of time. Unfortunately, some of this messaging can cause significant harm as it can be difficult to tease out the healthy information from the unhealthy information. 

Cooking intuitively from your pantry, fridge and freezer can help you to create cost effective dishes that will impress your family and friends. By cleverly using your kitchen finds, you’ll put a flavoursome dinner on the table any day of the week. I encourage ingredient swaps in these two recipes. Yam for squash, sausage for spicy salami etc.

Tennis has been on the rise in Fernie (and beyond) thanks to a couple of individuals from the UK, passionate about the sport. Charlotte Willis started Fernie Tennis Coaching around 2010, and was instrumental in exposing our younger cohort to tennis through programming in schools and coaching all ages and levels. “This was the start of the junior tennis movement in Fernie,” says Lucy Harrup, who took over the business in 2019. 

Comfort is defined as a state of physical ease free from constraints and pain. That contented well-being and comfort when travelling comes from exhaustive planning. It is important to be thorough, and you want to make sure that you have the important things like travel and accommodations fully planned out and booked. 

Homeostasis is a way that our body systems function through finding a steady state. Ideally this is calmness, but rarely in this society is it represented this way. Our brains are like data entry systems. They only know what gets inputted and unfortunately there is no filter for unhealthy or healthy behaviours or systems.