Archive by Author | Elise Gerencser

Your Job = Your Health

“Occupational Wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers. It focuses on our search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit.

Because what we do for a living encompasses so much of our time, it’s important for our overall well-being to do what we love and love what we do. When people are doing what they were meant to do, they deepen their sense of meaning and purpose.”

The university of California

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Your work has the ability to affect your life in more ways than you could ever imagine. Therefore, it is very important in ensure that your job reflects your values and helps you reach your goals. In order to optimize your health it is imperative to be aware of how your job affects you mentally, physically and spiritually as all of these aspects will affect you outside of your work as well.

Feeling tired or burnt out from work?

Try some of the tips presented in this YouTube video to help make your day more enjoyable!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URkQA0_qMc

Changing your full time job or career may not be an option for all, but changing your daily routine to include the tips in this video can help you raise your energy levels and increase your overall well being!

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Depression: Let’s Talk

The World Health Organization celebrates April 7 as World Health day. The focus for 2017 is depression with a concentration for people all over the world at any age or social status. 20% of Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. As such a high percentage of people will be affected by mental illness it is very important that we continue to raise awareness of various illnesses and break the stigma attached to them.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) offers many different programs to be able to help those in need. The status of everyone’s mental health is very important and everyone should know they are never alone.

The 408 Help Line (416-408-4357) is also an excellent resource for those looking for help. They offer 24/7 support to help reduce isolation/loneliness, reducing emotional distress, and to decrease suicide intent. Please know that there is always someone ready to listen.

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http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/campaign-essentials/en/

https://torontodistresscentre.com/

Remembering To Stay Healthy During Stressful Times

Many people turn to various outlets to find comfort in times of high stress. Between working long hours and trying to balance our family, life can become over whelming at times and be detrimental to our health.

Some people feel that they don’t have enough time to eat good nutritious meals during the day, and others feel that because of the situation they are in all they really want is that very high in calories and high in sugar for a quick pick me up. Although you may be craving a comfort food it is very important to take a step back and realize that the best way to help yourself in times of high stress is to have a healthy meal or snack.

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In times of high stress it becomes even more important to ensure that you are fueling your body with the appropriate foods, as eating snacks with little nutrients can work against your body’s natural ability to combat stress. All foods affect our bodies in different ways. Therefore foods with high amounts of calories and little nutrient value can actually make it harder for us to be able to focus on our tasks at hand and accomplish our goals.

It is important to maintain eating habits such as how much you are eating and when you each to help your body better function with daily tasks in times of high turmoil.

Be aware of your food consumption in times of high stress as it is during these times that we tend to over eat and consume food. Mindfulness of our actions and ways we can help lower our stress levels will also help keep our food decisions in check and help maintain a healthy lifestyle!

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Click on the link to check out what the Dietitians of Canada recommend when it comes to stress eating!

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Making The Healthier Choice The Easier Choice

March is Nutrition Month and the theme for this year that the Dietitians of Canada have created is: Let’s take the fight out of food!

One of the hardest parts of eating healthy is having access to the healthier choice. A program done by Food Share and the TTC is giving people in “food desserts” (areas of limited access to healthier food choices) the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables within their communities.grab some good food

Through this program they have placed “Pop-upfresh food markets” in places of high commuter traffic. This has been done so that people can easily purchase fresh foods and therefore make the healthier choice the easier choice. These Pop-up markets are at Downsview and Victoria Park Station on Tuesday and Thursdays, and Kipling subway station Monday and Wednesday 3:00-7:00PM.

This initiative began at Victoria Park Subway station where it underwent a trail for a year, and through its success they have continued the contract until 2019, as well as expanding to more locations. It is nice to see that eating a healthy balanced diet in the City of Toronto is becoming a realistic notion.

It is important to remember to take the time in our busy lives to stop and be aware of the healthier choice and these pop-up markets are allowing this to be possible.

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Learning to say “I Love Me”

Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect? – Kristin Neff

As most people know February is celebrated as Heart health month. Our cardiovascular health is influenced by our history but more importantly our daily actions and we have control over these.

The status of our health is affected by the foods we eat, the amount we sleep and the level of stress we experience during our day. That is why it is so important to be aware of our actions and daily routines. As simple as it seems we need to start being aware of our thoughts and feelings.

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Valentine’s Day is all about sharing acts of kindness with the loved ones in our lives. Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone it is important to show ourselves some love. This is done by being kind to ourselves to accepting ourselves for who we are. Even if a situation or event does not go as planned, we cannot beat ourselves up over it.

People always say that they don’t have time to do the things that they want. However it is important to keep in mind that self-care practices can be done throughout the day and can take very little time but still make an impact in our lives. Watch this TED TALK by Laura Vanderkam to learn about priorities and making time for what is important.

https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time#t-698455

While working in health care how do you expect to help others if you don’t take the time to help yourself?