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May - Keeping mentally fit

Deadlines. Full inbox. Wired and accessible at all times. With most people experiencing this at work and at home, it can tip the scales to feeling stressed, overloaded, and overwhelmed.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life, and 58 per cent of Canadians report feeling overloaded with the pressures of work and family. So with spring here, warmer weather, longer days, and signs of growth all around us, maybe it’s time to look a getting more balance in our lives.

If you start by breaking down stress into manageable bits, it will help you focus. What are your triggers? What’s a big cause of stress in your life? What are some activities you can do to help reduce stress, and get more balance in your life?

Review your priorities at work and at home to start getting organized. Take a look at your day and start allocating time for the tasks you need to complete. If you can focus on those tasks you’ll start scratching tasks off your to-do list, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

At home, make a plan that meets both your needs, and the needs of your family as a whole. And remember, don’t take it all on yourself – ask your family and friends to help out wherever they can to take some things off your list.

When it comes to stress and our mental health, it’s about finding balance and making changes to help tip the scales in our favour:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Try not to miss meals and cut down on the fast food.
  • Know yourself and watch for the signs of stress overload. Check out WOW! Wellness sessions (myCity/wow) to help you identify some triggers and provide tools and tips to manage your stress.
  • Make sleep a priority. A good night’s sleep is how we rejuvenate to take on the day.
  • Get active. Whether it’s walking, running, or going to the gym, physical activity is a great way to manage stress in your life. WOW! Fitness classes (myCity/wow) are a great way to get active during the day, or sign up for The City’s Active Living Program.
  • Ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. Talk to your doctor, a mental health professional, or contact The City’s employee & family assistance provider.
  • Don’t forget your supervisor may be able to help if you’re struggling with stress at work, so you’re encouraged to have a conversation and see if there are options you can work on together to help with that stress.

We can’t avoid stress but we can make changes that equip us to deal with stress, and feel healthier and happier.

Wellness. Together we make it happen.