What’s the difference between health and wellness, in short, health is a state of being, whereas wellness is the state of living a healthy lifestyle.
Health refers to physical, mental, and social well-being; wellness aims to enhance well-being. Welcome to our health and wellness page, a gathering of resources to share.

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Text4Hope - Free daily text messaging services, evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke. To subscribe text COVID19HOPE to 393939.

Healthy Together - A guide to family and home life during COVID-19.

Mental Wellness Moment with Dr. Nicholas Mitchell - Videos on topics including how to deal with stress and talking to kids about COVID-19.

Virtual Mental Health Supports - Learn more about virtual mental health support, including Togetherall a free, online network that offers anonymous, peer-to-peer mental health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Crisis Services Canada - Alberta Supports

Benefits of Physical Activity

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Reduced risk of chronic disease
  • Greater ability to manage chronic disease symptoms and their progression
  • Fewer falls and improved recovery from falls
  • Better able to maintain a healthy body weight
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Personal satisfaction and fulfillment
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Opportunity to participate in something that is fun
  • Sense of independence
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Meet new people with similar interests

Self-Care Ideas to help cope with Social distancing

  • Reduce the amount of time spent watching news reports. Schedule a time each day to update yourself from reputable sources, and the rest of the day unplug from that. Constant information about a pandemic can be overwhelming and stressful. Some examples of reputable sources of Covid-19 information are the Government of CanadaGovernment of AlbertaAlberta Health Services, and the World Health Organization.
  • Self-reflection can help you to take stock of your emotions. Set aside time in your day to reflect on your emotions and thoughts. You may wish to keep a journal or track your feelings with an app, so you can look for patterns over time.
  • Practice meditation or try a mindfulness activity.
  • Go for a walk or run outside.
  • Do some stretching or find a yoga video online.
  • Read a book, join an online book club, or check out the online content of your local library.
  • Take care of some indoor plants.
  • Take up a hobby you’ve always wanted to try, like learning a new language or developing a new skill.
  • Learn some one-player card games.
  • Find something new to do online such as a virtual museum tour or symphony concert.
  • Get creative with your cooking and try a new recipe.
  • Keep or Make a Daily Routine

Inclusive Language and Mental Health

The words and language we use are so important and can be a first step in reducing stigma. Certain language can minimize another person’s experience. Inclusive and recovery-oriented language can make people feel heard and included. Using respectful, non-judgmental, and empowering words are supportive of individuals and their journeys. It is important to start paying attention to the things we say.

Example: Person centred

Say “Person with a mental illness” instead of “They’re mentally ill"

It’s okay to make mistakes and acknowledge that it is hard and give yourself some credit.