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December Wellness Theme: Managing Stress

Westwind's Wellness theme for December is MANAGING STRESS.  

Canadian Association of Mental Health states that “stress is a normal response to situational pressures or demands and is a part of everyday life. But chronic stress can lead to mental health problems and medical issues”.

Long-term stress can increase our risk factors for:

  • anxiety and depression
  • substance use problems
  • sleep problems
  • muscle tension
  • headaches
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • high blood pressure
  • cardiovascular disease
  • stroke

Learn more HERE.

If you need some support heading into what can sometimes be a stressful holiday season, there are several support lines & smartphone apps available to help with managing stress.

  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Text-686868 or Always There App.
  • Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-4566 or text 45645.
  • Youper App - Emotional Health Assistant
  • Calm App -  Guided Relaxation Activities
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