How is your mental fitness?
Good mental health is a vital part of enjoying life at home and at work. It can help you meet challenges, make it easier to bounce back from problems, and help you see the joy in your life.
Confidential Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) services are available free of charge to City employees and their eligible family members; call 1-800-663-1142.
So how can you build your mental health?
2 for 1! The things we can do to keep our bodies in shape boost our mental health as well:
- eat a healthy, balanced diet
- exercise regularly – go for a walk, play with your kids, take the stairs… get active!
- get a good night's rest; make sure you make time for sleep
- use healthy coping habits to manage stress
- know what triggers stress for you and add helpful coping tools to your routine
As a City employee, you can take part in Wellness Opportunities at Work (WOW) wellness and fitness programs offered year-round.
EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Program) confidential advice and short-term counselling services are available free of charge to City employees and their eligible family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Homewood Human Solutions toll-free 1-800-663-1142 or visit http://www.homewoodhumansolutions.ca.
You and your family may also be eligible for other mental health benefits and resources through the employee benefits plan or Active Living Program (ALP).
Flex your mental fitness?
When you're physically fit, your body is energetic and flexible. It handles more stresses and strains and heals more quickly. A fit mind has the same advantages. When you're mentally fit, you can cope with life's ups and downs with more energy and optimism.
What if my mental fitness seems low? When should I seek help?
Everyone has a time when they feel overwhelmed, over-stressed, sad or anxious – that's part of life.
If you feel like you're struggling to cope with these kinds of feelings, it's a great time to get started with the 10 tips for mental health and take time to share your concerns with a friend or family member.
If you've been feeling this way for more than a few weeks, make an appointment with your family doctor. He or she can help you decide if you might require treatment to help get back to good mental health. Also, take advantage of the confidential EFAP advice and counselling services. You can learn more about mental health issues and treatment at Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness.
The sooner you seek help to manage mental health issues, the sooner your mental fitness will improve!
What about stress?
Stress is your body's physical, mental and emotional response to change. It is a normal reaction to the demands of life! But being under too much stress can seriously affect your physical and mental well-being.
What's your stress level right now?
Take CMHA's stress test to find out and check out the page to learn more about stress and healthy ways to cope with it on your way to better mental fitness.
Are you in crisis?