Health & Wellness

Using Your Senses to Relieve Stress

Ever wish a stress superhero could save you from the tension of traffic jams, chaotic meetings, arguments with your spouse, or toddler’s tantrums?  Well, you can be your own stress-busting superhero. Using your senses, you can tap into the power to reduce the impact of stress as it’s happening and…

18 Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer is here, marking a time for travel, barbecues, and lots of socializing with family and friends. Here are several smart and simple strategies to start off your summer on a healthy track. Grab a fruit. Keep your home filled with lots of fruit. Enjoy colorful summer fruit like watermelon…

Self-Care and its Importance in Recovery

If we don’t take care of ourselves, no one will. This means we must learn healthy self-care techniques in order to obtain or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Caring for yourself physically,  emotionally, spiritually, mentally and socially will help you maintain a stable mood, and lead to increased energy and motivation. …

Understanding Eating Disorders

“Disordered eating,” is common in our culture. It can range in severity from mild to extreme. At the milder end are irregular eating patterns, such as skipped meals, or yo-yo dieting. But at the extreme end are medically defined eating disorders that can become life-threatening. Eating disorders are hard on both physical and mental health. Eating disorders…

What is Work-related Stress, and Why do we Need to Tackle it?

There is a difference between stress and pressure. We all experience pressure on a daily basis, and need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our best. It’s when we experience too much pressure without the opportunity to recover that we start to experience stress. The definition of stress is ‘the adverse reaction…

Is There a Connection Between Mental Health & Substance Use?

When substance use and mental health issues co-occur (at the same time), it becomes known as a “concurrent disorder.” This term is used to refer to a wide array of  combinations of problems, such as anxiety disorder and an alcohol problem, schizophrenia and cannabis dependence, borderline personality disorder and heroin dependence and bipolar disorder and problem…

Measuring Low Income & Canada’s Official Poverty Line

Until January 31, 2019, Statistics Canada is conducting a consultation to gather input from Canadians to help validate how we are measuring poverty. Recently, the Government of Canada announced that the Market Basket Measure (MBM) will be used as Canada’s Official Poverty Line. Statistics Canada is currently conducting a comprehensive…

Focus on Workplace Health & Well-Being

Workplace health and wellbeing is not just about physical health and safety. It includes a variety of areas that promote a psychologically safe workplace! A Comprehensive Workplace Health & Safety Program has 3 main components: Occupational health and safety—This is often what we think about when we consider health and…

Strep Throat & Flu Tips

First it’s that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what’s next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep — or something else? “For most sore throats, you probably don’t need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies,…

Sleep Issues in Opioid Recovery

Sleep issues are a common problem in Opioid recovery. While sleep medications often help in the short term, they usually end up making the problem worse in the long-term. Here is a list of non-medication techniques to help you improve your sleep: Take care of your body: Do not drink…