Taking care of 'You'
We all face problems at some time in our lives. Day to day demands, change and uncertainty can be overwhelming. Others are dealing with caring for young children and aging parents (The Sandwich Generation). Usually we can cope with these issues or solve them our ourselves. However, sometimes it can become too difficult for us to manage on our own. We may need assistance, advice - or just someone who will listen.
McGill Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program or EAP, is a confidential information, counselling and referral service, which offers support in dealing with a wide range of stressful situations. This program is available to employees who are members of the McGill University benefits program, and their spouse’s and dependent children. The services of the EAP are provided by the University as part of your Benefits program.
For further details go to Employee Assistance Program - EAP.
Organizational Development - Stress Management Tips & Tools.
Scroll down to the end of the page for the Stress Management section.
Learning to quiet the mind will help us tune in to our values, help with our decision-making — which can hopefully help us learn to make better choices. And the beauty of the whole thing is that it can be done virtually anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. All you need is 15 quiet minutes, and a 'time out' space.
Read more at MindSpace
View the presentation by Dr. Nancy Heath (PhD, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, McGill University: Mindfulness - learning to live_in_the_moment
Try meditation at your desk
Dr. Camillo Zacchia, Psychologist – Senior advisor, Mental Health Education Office (MHEO), Douglas Institute - provides insight on a variety of mental health issues on his blog "Psychospeak".
Our perceptions can affect how we see ourselves, impact our experiences and thus shape our reality. This short video by <Dove> demonstrates how our perception of ourselves is not always how people see us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk#aid=P9Mp2efcBtw
The Emotional Health CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) Clinic
This clinic, affiliated with the MUHC, has a team of 15 skilled cognitive behavior therapists. The goal of CBT is to develop ways of thinking and behaving that promote better mood, stronger self-esteem and a richer quality of life. Try these stress management tips : 5_tips_for_stress_management.pdf
What is your stress level?
Stress is part of life, but too much can harm your health and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Try this Heart & Stroke Foundation stress quiz.
Then, try using this Stress Relief Toolkit.
Aging and mental health
As we age, we face many changes and many sources of stress - we are not as strong as we used to be, illness is more of a problem, children move away from home, people we love die, we may become lonely, and eventually we must give up our jobs and retire. Coping with all these changes is difficult, but it can be done. Read more
Emotional Wellbeing Resources
The Canadian Mental Health Association provides tips related to a wide variety of topics including stress, children’s mental health and aging.
Manulife Financial's website provides lots of informaton about mental health in the workplace.
Check Up From The Neck Up: This simple, online, private, mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of common mood disorders so you can get help if you need it. You can also learn more about mood disorders on this site and find resources to help yourself, your family members, or friends.
Health & Wellbeing Blog - Mind & Spirit
Check out the Health & Wellbeing Blog for advice on how to manage stress and achieve balance.