Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or illness. The ability to identify the things that cause you stress and develop strategies to deal with them can help improve the quality of your life. With a healthy mind, you're in a better state to cope with normal life stressors, work productively and enjoy all life has to offer.
10 Healthy Habits for Mental Fitness
While there is growing awareness of the role that the workplace plays in affecting our mental wellness, there are steps we can take towards promoting our own mental well-being by building a strong resilience to stress - a process referred to as mental fitness. Check out the poster and hang in your area as a visual reminder to practice mental fitness.
By actively practicing mental fitness, we can elevate our health and work performance, while effectively managing varying levels of stress:
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Here are some helpful links filled with information and resources that can help to reduce your stress, get a better night's sleep, and other tips for your mental well-being.
Stress Strategies: Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Pfizer, this site features a comprehensive section of various stressors and specific strategies to manage and overcome them, along with real life stories and videos.
While at work you may encounter a staff member experiencing a mental health crisis. Here are some suggested actions you can take and resources you can recommend to provide support:
These mental health first aid guidelines consist of first aid actions that can be helpful for those developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Click on each topic to learn more:
More Hamilton Resources:
Mental Health and Addictions Resources in Hamilton
Depression & Mood Disorders
Antidepressant Skills at Work
A self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health and addiction.
Antidepressant Skills Workbook
The Antidepressant Skills Workbook gives an overview of depression, explains how it can be effectively managed according to the best available research, and gives a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression.
Dealing With Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens
Dealing with Depression is a workbook for teens that explains depression and teaches three main antidepressant skills you can use to help overcome or prevent it.
Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond
This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond; and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyles behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.
Coping With Suicidal Thoughts
This resource is intended for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or have had a plan or made an attempt to hurt themselves. The document is designed to offer resources, information, support, and practical steps to help cope with suicidality.
Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide
This is a guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide.
Positive Coping with Health Conditions, A Self-Care Workbook
This is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to coping with health conditions. This manual is designed for individuals who deal with health conditions, including patients, physicians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and researchers.
What is the single most important thing you can do for your stress?
Check out the You Tube video Dr. Mike Evans produced that provides practical information about managing stress.