How to Beat Insomnia to Improve Athletic and Business Performance

Sleep is an important component of mental health and elite performance. A few months ago I came across an article about the Seattle Seahawks using sleeping devices to monitor each player’s quality of sleep. In the past, it was not unusual for players to party late into the night then head to practice the next […]

Raz will be speaking to local business entrepreneurs on how to identify stress and implement techniques to improve focus, productivity, and inner peace. Stress is one of the biggest challenges facing the workforce today. Maintaining personal health from the CEO to the employee levels is key to running a successful business for both the short term and the long term.

The Vancouver Business Network Meetup (VBN) was founded in March 2010 and to-day is the largest community of active and aspiring small business owners in Canada.

VBN holds inexpensive, high-quality seminars and networking events every week. These events help small business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals learn, network and grow. They learn new tactics, tools and techniques. They network with like-minded people. They grow their networks, their businesses and their characters.

Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Event: Vancouver Business Network
Topic: Stress Management and Mental Toughness for Business
Venue: G&F Financial Group's
Location: 2949 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
Public: Public


Raz will be speaking at the annual Alberta College of Social Workers Conference on April 1st. He will be presenting on Stress Management for Social Workers through Qigong. The conference is one of the largest gathering of social workers. Over 800 social workers across North American will be in attendance. If you are in the Calgary area during this time, make sure you drop by to attend this event.

Date: April 1, 2017
Event: Alberta College of Social Workers Annual Conference 2017
Topic: Stress Management Through Qigong
Sponsor: Alberta College of Social Workers Conference
Venue: Calgary Stampede BMO Centre
Location: Calgary, AB
Public: Public

Raz will be speaking to public service employees across Canada on how to better manage stress, and improve overall health in the government.

Date: March 17, 2017
Event: Mental Health Week
Topic: Stress Management & Mindfulness in the Workplace
Venue: Government of Canada
Location: Vancouver, BC
Public: Private

Stressed Out? Try Hitting the Road


When I was growing up in an turbulent household I often found myself caught in the middle of arguments between my parents. More often or not I was the recipient of their frustrations. We lived in a small house at the time which didn’t allow me to get away from the turmoil. To lower my stress levels I hopped into my car to take a drive along the countryside. For a moment, it allowed me to get lost in the beauty of nature as the smell of the fresh air flowed through my window.

Scenic driving routes can be a great way to lower stress. Engaging in this activity can help your mind appreciate the little things in life forcing one to focus on the present instead of the past. Sometimes a little deviation from your regular route home can do wonders in taking things off your mind. The sights and sounds of nature can calm anger, melt away tension, and decreasing the chances of road rage less likely.

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3 Ways American Voters Can Relieve Election Stress Using Ancient Chinese Exercise Therapy

  I must say I found American politics riveting ever since I was kid. Especially when election time rolls around. It’s certainly a lot of more interesting than the politics north of the border. This year’s election pitting Hillary Clinton and the smack talking billionaire Donald Trump has been one of the most controversial in […]

How to Boost Your Confidence at Work and the Dojo

Do you ever feel anxious before a big meeting or event? Perhaps you are going to do a big presentation to the board of directors, or maybe pitching to a group of investors on your big idea. Suddenly, you are besieged with worry. You stop believing in yourself, and all you can think about is […]

How to Tame Your Stressful Thoughts


According to studies, stress can have a detrimental long term effect on your memory and brain. The years of constant stress causes the body to flood itself with the stress hormone cortisol. This causes part of the brain responsible for memory to deteriorate. To deal with stress, it is important to practice mindfulness in order to recognize when it is occurs and the appropriate action to take. Remember, you can always control your thoughts but not always the events around you.

Re-framing you thoughts is highly beneficial when it comes to dealing with stressful situations.  Stop for a moment, acknowledge the stressful event, than ask yourself what is the best way to respond to the stressful event. When people fail to practice mindfulness they fill their mind with constant worry, replaying the event in their minds over and over again. This leads to more stress and anxiety. By practicing the art of re-framing you will find yourself becoming calmer and reduce your stress.

How do you deal with stress? Feel free to share in the comment section below, some interesting ways you deal with this problem. I would love to hear from you!

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7 Ways to Reduce Stress Using the C.L.A.N. Technique

Imagine this, it’s Sunday morning and you are already thinking about all the work you need to complete when you arrive at work on Monday morning. Suddenly, you get this nauseated feeling in your stomach, the muscles around your neck begin to stiffen, and your entire Sunday is filled with worry. You should be enjoying […]

Raz’s Gluten Free Peanut Sauce Recipe for People on the Go!

You’ve probably have heard millions of times over again through the media that we need to cut down on our sugar, eat less processed foods, red meat, and refine carbohydrates. Instead, we should consume more fresh vegetables preferably in their raw state, along with beans such as legumes and lentils. The problem is most of […]