The months of July and August are the time to fully enjoy summer and sunny days. Holidays, trips, camping, excursions and hikes are at the heart of many activities. It’s also a good time to meet up with family and friends. Cocktail hours, relaxing meals and discussions around a campfire at the end of the evening reinforce precious ties with the loved ones. These are opportunities that allow us to slow down and get back to the true essence of life. Here are some healthy recommendations to enjoy the summer!
Sustainable development is at the heart of Le Monastère des Augustines’ priorities and those of our employees. In April 2018, to celebrate Earth Day, and to continue raising awareness of the importance of adopting a socially responsible lifestyle, members of our team pledged to carry out eco-friendly initiatives for a minimum of one month.
In the province of Québec, most adolescents and adults lack sleep. Their schedules are extremely hectic—and nights tend to be short. Their sleep is also affected by hyperstimulation throughout the day or by thoughts racing in their heads at night.
Le Monastère des Augustines invites you to create your very own all-purpose balm. made of olive oil macerated with calendula, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. It is 100% natural!
The brain could be compared to a power plant that emits and receives signals throughout the day and night. The nervous system communicates with different parts of the body to maintain homeostasis as well as keep a good balance between the body and mind. These electric waves coordinate movement, breathing, pain, hunger, satiety, memory, concentration, impulsiveness, anger, joy, sadness, and so on.
With the arrival of spring, we invite you to discover La santé en toute simplicité, the latest book by Imane Lahlou, our main collaborator in holistic health.
Did you know that exposure to screens in the evening impedes the optimal secretion of melatonin? Excessive use of smartphones and tablets causes sleep disorders in many people. It is recommended to switch off your devices two hours before bedtime.
Enjoy your evenings to recharge your batteries. Whether you are alone, with your partner or with the family, take a moment of solitude (reading, walking, bathing, self-massage, meditation) to relax, be present and listen to the sensations, emotions and thoughts that emerge late in the day.
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Discover the book Ces aliments qui rendent heureux by Bernard Fontanille and Marie-Laurence Grézaud.
Did you know that the avocado is a “happiness” superfood? This unctuous and delicate fruit is full of compounds that are beneficial for the balance of the brain: essential fatty acids, B group vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium, tryptophan and tyrosine.
How good it is to laugh! The mere mention of the word makes us smile. Without even resorting to the results of scientific research, we feel the benefits of laughter as much on the body as on the mind. “Laughter is man’s own”, reminds us François Rabelais, this humanist doctor and poet who marked the Renaissance with his works and his writings. Like an ode to life, laughter runs through time. It is explored by philosophers, doctors, psychoanalysts, authors and poets. Laughter is also the essential ingredient in theatrical works, cinema, circus and street performances. Today, laughter is also recognized as a therapeutic tool, a beneficial remedy for both the body and the mind.