On the First Day of Well-mas

On the first day of Well-Mas, Santa gave to me a desire to be stress-free.

 What is stress?

            Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upsets your balance in some way. It’s your body’s automatic defense when you sense danger, known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction. Often stress can be a good thing, helping you stay focused and alert, but when you feel too stressed too often it becomes impairing to your productivity, your mood and your overall health.

What are the signs of stress?

  • Aches and pains
  • Eating more or less
  • Poor judgment
  • Constant worrying
  • Memory problems
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax 


What are the common causes of stress?

  • Major life changes
  • Work
  • Financial problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Being too busy
  • Perfectionism
  • Negative self-talk
  • Unrealistic expectation

What are some ways to manage with stress?


  • Know where the stress comes from
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get a massage
  • Avoid leaving things to the last minute
  • Go for a walk
  • Make time to relax
  • Learn to manage you time
  • Get enough sleep
  • Make realistic goals



About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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