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Tips for Tough Conversations

I have no doubt that over the past 2 years of living with Covid-19, feelings of fear and anxiety have surfaced for most of us. Sometimes these feelings can be overcome by anger, a natural response to a perceived threat. When anger takes over, our ability to reason and think logically decrease, while our instinctual motivation toward action can lead to confrontation.

 

Take a Thought-break

Increasing our ability to be mindful throughout our day-to-day lives is extremely beneficial. Research into mindfulness has shown that there are many benefits that can result from a regular mindfulness practice. These include reductions in stress, anxiety and depression, among others. One way to understand how mindfulness is helpful is to learn about how it can change our relationship with our thoughts.  

 

Let's Talk About Stress

A stressor refers to something in the environment that evokes an internal stress response. This environmental stressor could be something that poses a threat or challenge to your health, family, finances, schedule, or routine. When a stress response shows up it can be acute and intense or chronic. Your personal stress response is a dynamic process influenced by many variables including; coping style, support system, previous exposure to the stressor, underlying mental health concerns, personality traits, and cultural or systemic pressures.

 

May 3 - May 9th is Mental Health Week

On the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week, the theme is Emotional Literacy. This includes the skills of naming, expressing, and coping with our emotions (the ones we like and the ones we don’t), and their importance for our overall mental health.

February Newsletter - Building Resiliency During COVID

This quarterly newsletter is all about resiliency.  In these unprecedented times, we are finding that it is increasingly important to build resiliency and to ensure that we are taking care of both our physical and mental health.  If you would like to learn more, click on the link  www.uics/newsletter  and select February 2021.

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin May 21, 2020

In the 8th Edition of the COVID-19 Support Bulletin, the topic of discussions is relationships.  Whether you have been in a committed relationship for years, a new relationship or single and dating, the current pandemic creates a unique set of challenges.  The article in this edition provides some information and resources on how to navigate those challenges.

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin April 22, 2020

The 5th edition of the UIC Coping With COVID-19 Bulletin is now available.  In it we talk about Mindfulness and how it can help deal with the stress of our current times.  We also provide information on a new Federal Government mental health portal that is accessible to all Canadians called  Wellness Together Canada.

Please feel free to share the bulletin with your friends and family.  The Wellness Resource could come in handy for those that do not already have access to counselling services and resources.