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World Health Day April 7 2019

World Health Day April 7 2019

Have you hard about World Health Day? Organized by the World Health Organization, World Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate health and remind world leaders that everyone should be able to access health care. On April 7th 2019, advocacy events will be taking place globally to support the #HealthForAll campaign. Read on to learn about the initiatives in your community and how to get involved.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Being a company run by two women, we are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day! We appreciate the theme for this year is all about balance. In a mental health context, balance can mean so many different things and is unique to every individual. Women especially, face many unique mental health challenges that are specific to their sex…

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

While browsing through the news this evening, I came across an article discussing the mental health and overall benefits of eating dinner together with our families. The main benefit cited by the author was that it provided a platform for communication, which is the first necessary step to tackling problems. It got me thinking, do these benefits also apply when we dine with our "work family"? ...

It's the Simple Things ... Like Making Your Bed!

It's the Simple Things ... Like Making Your Bed!

How many of us get up in the morning, rush out of bed, and juggle our thermos and breakfast in hand out the door? Perhaps you have also neglected the unruly state of your bed, thinking "what's the big deal? No one will notice if I make it!" Admiral William McRaven explains how the simple task of making your bed can be life changing. So, read on and think again about leaving those crumpled covers behind! 

#ThinkDigitalHealth

#ThinkDigitalHealth

November 13-19 marks Digital Health Week, an annual celebration to recognize how digital health is transforming the delivery of care across Canada as more of our healthcare services become digital. Through innovations such as telemedicine, e-visits, predictive diagnostics, wearable sensors and a host of new smartphone apps, digital health has become an increasingly popular medium in helping Canadians manage their health and wellness.

Work + Facebook = Productivity?

Work + Facebook = Productivity?

Would using Facebook at work make you more productive? I'll take wild guess that your answer is similar to mine, a resounding no. But just a few weeks ago Wal-Mart, one of the largest private employers in the US, announced that its’ employees are now going to be using this social media platform at work.

"What I Wish I Could Tell My Boss"

"What I Wish I Could Tell My Boss"

Is there something you really wish you could tell your boss right now, but instead you are holding it in? Well, you aren’t alone. Navigating the relationship between you and your employer can be tricky. It isn’t as easy as speaking what’s on your mind without filtering anything. The fear of reprimand for saying the wrong thing is real. So we bite our tongue instead of saying what we need to say. A lot ends up getting swept under the rug.

Take a Breather!

Take a Breather!

Diaphragmatic breathing, otherwise known as “deep breathing,” is defined as an efficient integrative body-mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions (Ma et al., 2017). Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing, notably emotional balance and social adaptation have been investigated in association with meditative practices, ancient eastern religions (e.g. Buddhism), and the movement arts (e.g. yoga and Tai Chi) (Sargunaraj et al., 1996; Beauchaine, 2001; Porges, 2001). Various psychological studies have also found diaphragmatic breathing to be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression (Stromberg et al., 2015) ...

Could sugar be feeding your depression?

Could sugar be feeding your depression?

It's highly addictive and wreaks havoc on our bodies. We all know too well that sugar is a bad guy. It can affect our teeth, our weight, the clarity of our skin and many other aspects of our health. But could we go so far as to say that it's impact reaches beyond our physical health, and negatively affects our mental health? Some scientist believe this could be the case.