Social media and mental health: the up side

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Woman pointing to social iconEvery day, Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) counsellors see clients who need help. Sometimes, clients take that very first step to get help because of what they see in the news and/or on social media. Though it’s possible to waste many hours on TV, the internet and multiple social media outlets, the bottom line is this: these are powerful tools that can encourage users to get the help they need to take care of their own mental health!

The triggering event

Some clients go through hard times and don’t get any help at the time of the event. This can be perfectly fine or can …

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How to be an effective client when in counselling

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A man and women talkingWhat is being an “effective client” in a counselling experience, I wonder? As a counsellor and clinical manager, I find this to be a thought provoking question. When we use the word “effective”, we have to ask: “to what end or to whose purpose”?

It seems to me that an effective client is one that is good at making sure they get what they want from the counselling experience. After all, you are the customer, the receiver of the service. So, what can you do to ensure you get the most from your clinical experience? Let me offer you a number of thoughts for your consideration to be …

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4 self-care tips when you’re feeling stressed

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man juggling technology toolsToday’s working world is much more demanding than it used to be. Workers typically have more responsibilities and less time to do them. We are constantly plugged in to technology; we always have access to our email and phone, and calendar. We can also be contacted by texts and instant messaging on top of everything else. This is in addition to other facts like office politics, dealing with coworkers and managers, and trying your best to do a good job. These are the worries that tend to engulf our days, every day, for years and years. Not to mention that when we get home there are a …

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The ‘Unbonus’: two financial downsides to a work bonus

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The work bonus has been around a long time, over a century in fact, so could it be outdated for today’s average employee? Bonuses were meant to improve productivity and enhance compensation, but do they really? It may be time for employers to unshackle their employees, or for employees to ask to be ‘unbonused’ because: missing a bonus can cause serious financial hardship for the average Canadian, and the resulting stress seriously undermines the financial literacy many companies offer their employees through benefit plans and employee assistance programs.

Missing a bonus can cause financial stress

Most people manage regular fixed costs okay but get thrown off by …

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Reducing confusion on nutrition labels

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Man making a saladIf you’ve ever been stuck mid-cereal aisle, eyebrows furrowed as you try to differentiate 3 nearly identical boxes, you know that understanding nutrition labels can save you a lot of time and confusion at the grocery store. Nutrition labels are helpful for comparing food products, checking for specific nutrients, and avoiding any foods to which you may be allergic or intolerant. At first glance nutrition labels are confusing, but with a few tips on how to read labels, you’ll be able to make quick and healthy choices at the bat of an eye!

Use the Nutrition Facts table, the ingredient list, and nutrition claims to make informed …

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