May 4, 2008

Mental Health Week: May 4-10

Being in good health is feeling physically well and mentally well. Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental.

Reaching a balance is a learning process and your personal balance will be unique. Use Mental Health Week to get started on balancing your work and life, so you can feel mentally healthy.

Take the work / life balance quiz at the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, the top three tips for staying in balance are:

  • Schedule brief breaks for yourself throughout the day

  • Turn off your cell phone and leave your laptop at work

  • Create and implement a household budget

To find Mental Health resources in your area, visit

Coping with Stress

Everyone views situations differently and uses different coping skills for them.

Certain situations are felt to be "stressful" if we don’t feel fully prepared to deal with them. Some situations in life are stress-provoking, but it is our thoughts that determine whether we can deal with them or if they are a problem to us.

How we perceive a stress-provoking event and how we react to it determines its impact on our health. If we often respond in a negative manner, our physical, mental and social well-being may suffer. By understanding ourselves and our reactions to stress-provoking situations, we can learn to handle stress more effectively.

To view the Mental Health Association's e-book on building better coping skills for managing stress, click here.

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