Wellness & Recognition

Wellness & Recognition

Living well at U of L

 
It is a good time to do a check on how you are doing as we continue to navigate these unusual times.
 

Winter can be a challenging time and this year you may be struggling even more to comfort yourself and others.

Caring to cope through COVID: stories of giving and receiving support is an interactive webinar with real-life stories and an expert panel offering realistic ways to help yourself and others.

You’ll be invited to share your stories and ask questions, too. After the webinar, the recording and helpful tips will be available on the Workplace Strategies YouTube channel.

Be sure to mark your calendar with the webinar on Jan. 18, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., ET). You can also share this invitation with friends and family.

The webinar will be presented in English but simultaneous French audio will be available.

To get French audio

  • Mute your computer audio
  • Call 844-304-8920 (Canada toll-free)
  • Use conference ID: 480 803 954#

This is a Microsoft Teams Live event. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Teams app before the webinar.

You can join here.

 


Other Things to Consider for your Mental Health and Well-being
 

Stay connected 

The largest hurdle to face when working from home is a feeling of isolation. Extended periods of time alone, especially when you’re not used to it, can leave you feeling anxious, uneasy and lonely. These feelings can be compounded by our current circumstances.

Make a point of speaking with at least one person on your team each day. Take time to connect with co-workers on a personal level, the same way you would if you were at the office — those extra moments go a long way. 

Try out the Text4Hope - Supporting Mental Health & Wellness in a Time of Stress & Isolation - Get a daily text message from Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services program Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists. 

Want more info on how to connect? Check out the AHS Social Isolation & Loneliness Toolkit 

Structure your routine

Staying on top of getting ready in the morning helps you start your day refreshed and gets you into a more productive mindset — it also prepares you for any unexpected video calls! Many people who work from home advise to set daily goals, eat at regular times, get consistent sleep, and most important, to separate work time from home time. During office hours, try to stay in your work mindset, but allow yourself to take breaks and enjoy the perks of being at home by catching up on small household tasks.

It can also be helpful to create a physical separation from your workday and personal life. Instead of a commute, try taking a short walk around the block at the beginning and end of your workday to signal that separation.

Keep moving 

Exercising can significantly lower anxiety levels, and boost serotonin — and there are plenty of ways to exercise at home. Simple stretching throughout the day, (Stretch and Strengthen) or an exercise app can get your energy flowing and feel refreshed without leaving the house.

Spending time in nature is also sometimes referred to as ‘ecotherapy’ because it has been linked to lower blood pressure and stress hormones. During off-hours, take some time to visit a local park or drive to a favorite hiking destination to take in the outdoors and get some fresh air.

Switch off at the end of the day

Working from home can often blur the line between home and work life, which makes it hard to disconnect from work-related tasks at the end of the day. Be sure to make a clean break from your email and work phone after work hours and enjoy more leisurely activities. It is also a good idea to discuss the boundaries of work and personal time with your leader and team.

With ever-changing news and social media updates, it may also be helpful to reach for a mindfulness app rather than your Facebook or Instagram app. Or check out Dr. Toupey's Luft's presentation on Mindfulness. 

Reach out to your support systems

Healthy relationships with family, friends and loved ones are vital to your own mental well-being during this time. Be sure to check in with them on a regular basis, just as you would with your colleagues.

At ULeth, we are still here to support you, even if you’re not on campus. Mental health services and supports are available for students, faculty and staff.

Faculty and Staff: 

Homewood Health - Employee Family Assistance Program - 1-888-713-8623 or Homeweb.ca

Taking care of your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic - Gov't of Canada

Health and Mindfulness during COVID-19

The Wellness Together Canada portal provides free, credible resources and support, including confidential counselling, to take care of your mental health during COVID-19. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, practicing daily mindfulness may help. Mindwell U has plenty of resources to get you started, like:

  • Live drop-in classes.
  • Videos and infographics.
  • 5-minute exercises to practice in the moment.

Visit wellnesstogether.ca for more information.

See the full list for taking care of yourself here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/mental-health.html

 

While the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic may impact victims of any type of crime or violence, many organizations within Canada and internationally have raised concerns about increased domestic violence. Research has shown that social isolation, loss of employment and reduced income are all factors known to increase the risk of domestic violence and these conditions have been heightened in recent months. In addition, the pandemic has led to increased stress, with lockdowns and families confined at home, the closure of schools and child care facilities, and possible increased tension in the home. For those experiencing violence, especially within the home, accessing help may be more difficult because of restricted contact with networks and sources of support, both formal (schools, counsellors, and victim services) and informal (family and friends). (From StatCan COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on Canadian victim serivces - July 30, 2020)

These following resources from Homewood Health may be helpful.  Employee Family Assistance is available 24/7 by calling 1-888-713-8623 or visiting Homeweb.ca

 COVID-19: Increases in Domestic Violence

 Surviving Abuse and Acts of Violence: An Ongoing Recovery Guide

 - E-Course - Resolving Conflict in Intimate Relationships

 Relationship Solutions through EFAP

 

 

 

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. 

Virtual Mental Health Network for Albertans - TogetherAll App

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health-

Action Calendar - Optimistic October - check out daily Self Care tips.

Going Out? Do it Safely -Gov't Canada infographic  PDF icongo_out_safely_august2020.pdf

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. 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. 

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:

TaiYoga

Taiyoga Beats with Dr. Lyn LItchke

In case you missed December's session - Check out Lyn's YouTube channel for free interactive sessions

- Join us for a virtual fun, active session that combines Yoga (Mind-Body-Spirit), Tai Chi (Mind-Body-Breath), Rhythmic Beat (Brain-Body-Balance) and Spiritual Fitness (Mind-Body-Soul)

- Dr. Lyn Litchke is an Associate Professor in Therapeutic Recreation program, Health Sciences.

Orange the World

In Focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Research has shown that social isolation, loss of employment and reduced income are all factors known to increase the risk of domestic violence and these conditions have been heightened in recent months. In addition, the pandemic has led to increased stress, with lockdowns and families confined at home, the closure of schools and child care facilities, and possible increased tension in the home. For those experiencing violence, especially within the home, accessing help may be more difficult because of restricted contact with networks and sources of support, both formal (schools, counsellors, and victim services) and informal (family and friends).

Financial Planning with RBC on Campus

Financial Planning with RBC on Campus - 

- Benefits of the using RSP/Retirement savings, along with coupling Government Programs such as OAS and CPP,

-Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) strategies.

  • Jan 14, 2021 from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 Please pre-register at wellness@uleth.ca. The meeting link will be forwarded to you in advance.

Mindfulness and Self Compassion

Dr. Sienna Caspar will lead us through mindfulness as a method to control stress, anxiety and increase resilience

Jan 20, 2021 - from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Register at wellness@uleth.ca and the zoom link will be sent to you.

 

 

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Wellness & Recognition Office: AH188, AH135 wellness@uleth.ca