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Mental Health Week

May 1-7, 2017 is Mental Health Week.  This is an annual national event to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.  Our mental health is just as important as our physical health – it is a state of well-being. To celebrate Mental Health Week, Mental Health Services is inviting you to a workshop to learn how to flourish with 5 Flourishing pillars.

Join us on May 4, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canada Games Centre. No registration required. If that time doesn't work for you, consider hosting a workshop for your employees or community group. Contact Mental Health Services at 667-8346 for more information.

New Year's Resolutions

Once the holiday season is over, many folks start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Common resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, be better with personal finances or quit smoking. These are good resolutions, but aren't for everyone. You could consider a resolution that ties into the 5 Flourishing pillars.

No matter what your resolution, increase your chance of success with the following tips:

  • Make your new goal specific, realistic and achievable. For instance, instead of “lose 10 pounds”, say “I’ll go for a 30 minute walk at lunch 3 days a week.”
  • Instead of stopping something, consider swapping it. For instance swap yogurt for ice cream some of the time or swap water for pop 2 days a week.
  • Get support. Tell a friend or family member what you are trying to do. Better yet, see if you can find someone who has the same goal and wants to join you. Spur each other on and celebrate each other's successes along the way.
  • Think of obstacles that might get in the way of your goal, and make plans to overcome them in advance (e.g. Problem: It is too cold out to go for a walk at lunch today. Solution: Keep a set of extra-warm clothes at work, so you’ll be prepared for the cold days.)
  • Remember that change is a process. You are bound to encounter ups and downs. Don’t let small stumbles bring you down. Don’t take it personally and get back on track.
  • You'll have greater success if your resolution connects you to your core values, and gives you a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
  • We have lots of great tips and suggestions on creating achievable goals in our Small Steps, Big Rewards section.

You can also have New Year's Resolutions focused on gratitude or kindness. Your resolution could be to me more grateful for what you have in life, to say hello to one stranger on the street each day, or to work on relationships with friends and family.

Useful Articles on New Year's Resolutions