Wellness & Recognition

Wellness & Recognition

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Resources

With the novel Coronavirus outbreak, global populations are on alert causing varied reactions. It is normal during this time of uncertainty for us to experience understandable reactions from worry to anxiety about this health concern.

To help, we've put together some resources to help employees and family members who may have questions or possible anxiety as a result of the recent outbreak. 

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health-

Action Calendar - Self-Care September 2020 - check out daily Self Care tips.

Going Out? Do it Safely -Gov't Canada infographic 

Canadian Mental Health Association - Self-Care; Workplace Mental Health; Caring for Others and other resources for you.

Homewood Health - COVID-19 Workplace Re-Entry Toolkit

NEW - Wellness Together Canada Free Mental Health and Substance Use Support 

COVID-19 Toolkit for Employees 

COVID-19 Toolkit for Managers

Resource Hub - Mental Health Commission of Canada - Mental Health and Wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Canada Life's partnership with the Credit Counselling Society continues.  You can access Free Credit Counselling, Budgeting Help & Debt Consolidation Options. The Credit Counselling Society is a registered, non profit service for consumers.
  • Because worrying about health along with finances can be overwhelming for members, Canada Life has partnered with the Credit Counselling Society (CCS), and the Credit Counselling Services Atlantic Canada (CCS Atlantic Canada) to offer financial education, resources and debt management strategies. This service is available free of charge until Sept. 30, 2020. By calling these services, members can connect to certified and professionally accredited credit counsellors for free and in confidence. More info: Credit Counselling Society or call 1-888-527-8999.

Your first consultation is free and the debt counselling component is significantly reduced for Canada Life plan members to the end of September 2020.

Providing guidance for members
There’s a need for financial- and mental-health resources to support members during these changing times. Your members can access these webinars to help manage their financial, physical and mental well-being concerns.

  • Resources to support well-being. These free and informative webinars were open to any members with Canada Life. They were hosted by Canada Life in partnership with the Credit Counselling Society and Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. Watch it here.
  • Managing your savings in volatile markets. Canada Life experts shared savings strategies and tips on weathering market volatility. This webinar can help viewers feel more prepared for market swings and understand how to stay focused on their long-term savings goals. Watch it here.
  • Flatten the anxiety curve. Questions and tips about coping with the reality of life in the time of COVID-19 were covered during this webinar. Watch it here (English only).

Employee Family Assistance provider Homewood Health also offer free Financial Consultation for employees with benefits under the Life Balance Solutions. Check out the information here.

Wellness Together Canada - Mental Health and Substance Use Support - Free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. 

COVID-19 Employee Toolkit 

Homewood Health: Coronovirus (COVID-19) Managing the Impact - see all Homewood COVID-19 resources here.

Homewood Health COVID-19 ICBT Support Program for Anxiety  to access register on Homeweb.ca 

Check out the Active Lethbridge Resources - the Active Lethbridge website provides residents of Lethbridge and area with a variety of resources and informaiton on local opportunities for active living, including Parks and Open Spaces and Heath and Nutrition.

Coping at Home for Families - Supporting Well-Being Through Meaningful Activity

Family Centre Lethbridge - offering counselling sessions to parents and children to help improve resilience and relationships. More info here.

Infographic Parenting while working from home - Balancing Act - from International SOS

Your colleagues and friends at the Department of Kinesiology want to encourage you to stay physically active and mentally well at home.  The Stretch and Strengthen exercises were developed for U of L employees at work, but they are great for home as well.  Please email knes.uleth@gmail.com for more great new ideas on staying active at home during this time.  

Working out from home - For live exercises, you can join Sheila from the Fitness Centre on the Horns Rec Instagram page. Click here for more details.                

Eating Well while working from home during a pandemic - Jillian Hallworth - Kinesiology and PE Instructor 


Home Office Hacks from EWIWorks

Basic Ergonomic Tips when Using Your Laptop - from Anderson Ergonomics

How to do your own Ergonomic Self-Assessment

WCB - Workers' Compensation Board AB - COVID-19 


Upcoming Events:

Free Online Fitness Classes with Silvia

1. Circuits with Silvia Tuesdays at 5pm

Circuit type 45 min class, alternating cardio, strength and core exercises (45 sec hard work, 15 sec break). Using body weight or minimal equipment, home friendly.

2. Pound! Fridays at 5pm

Drumming inspired cardio, balance and endurance 40 min class. Rocking out to the music favourites, using modified drum sticks

3. Boxing bootcamp Saturdays at 9:30 am  Boxing punches, combined with cardio and core strengthening. Using no equipment, or boxing equipment optionally.

If you would like to attend contact silvia.koso@uleth.ca, her fitness email (silvia.p.koso@gmail.com), or on Instagram (@drsickey) or Facebook (@SilviaKoso). 


Zoom Ergonomics with Dr. Jon Doan - Kinesiology and PE

Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m.  |  Discussion includes how to adjust your physical workspace, how to set up a workspace and how to include movement in daily routines.

Register by sending an email to wellness@uleth.ca.  

Supporting Leaders to Support Their Employees

Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |   This one-hour Teams workshop for managers and supervisors will discuss how to create and maintain a psychologically safe workplace. The session will delve into the emotions of people coming back to campus and how to recognize what it triggers in leaders so they can effectively manage their teams while maintaining psychological health and safety.

Register by sending an email to wellness@uleth.ca.  


Zoom session - Mindfulness as Positive Mental Health Tool Dr. Toupey Luft

Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.  |  Mindfulness can lower anxiety, reduce stress and increase resiliency during a pandemic. A practice session is included.

Register by sending an email to wellness@uleth.ca.  



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