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Stepping Back to Move Forward

by Leslie Webb ASEBP | April 7 2021

Have you ever experienced an event or conversation that rubs you the wrong way?But it isn’t the event or conversation itself that bothers you. What irritates you is your hasty reaction, which doesn’t seem appropriate for the given situation. You don’t know why, but you do know that something has irked you and you’re not okay with how you’ve responded.I know this has happened to me! And when…»

Pandemic Teaching is More Than Keeping Your Head Above the Muddy Waters

by Dr. Astrid Kendrick University of Calgary | March 17 2021

Since January 2020, I’ve been studying the lived experience of educational workers with emotional labour, compassion fatigue and stress, and burnout. As part of this work, I’ve been reviewing survey data and interview transcripts from earlier this year which prompted me to reflect on an experience I had nearly twenty years ago, in 2003.At that time, I taught at Enviros Base Camp, a residential…»

Sowing Seeds of Self-Compassion

by Mary Jo Liew ASEBP | March 5 2021

“Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself."--Paramahansa Yogananda This month marks one-year since the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to hit pause on ‘normal life.’I will never take for granted socializing with family and friends, face-to-face meetings, the ability to gather in large crowds, travel to new places, or go to the grocery store without coming…»

Be Your Own Valentine

by Carol Kuzio Alberta Health Services | February 17 2021

By Carol Kuzio and Leta Philp, Alberta Health Services The body achieves what the mind believes - Napoleon Hill February is the month of love. It’s the time where we do that extra special something to show our loved ones what they mean to us. But often, we forget to show the same care and attention to the most important person in our life: our self. Self-care is a term you may have heard a lot lately.…»

Reach Out to Build Better Mental Health

by Brendan Wohlers ASEBP | February 4 2021

It’s no secret that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are influencing our well-being. In our homes, communities and workspaces, everyone seems to be talking about how change is the one constant amid all the uncertainty of the last year. In fact, as you’re reading this, I’m sure that a personal example popped into your head—including what actions or individual(s) helped you address or work…»

New Year, New Strengths

by Megan Pharo ASEBP | January 7 2021

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions, new goals and the feeling of a fresh start. For many of us, our New Year’s resolutions may consist of things like getting more sleep, eating healthier or working out more. While working on those biceps may be a great way to build your strength this year, building your strengths as a team may feel even better! I’m not talking about scheduling more…»

Weaving recognition into your wellness culture

by Anita Rao ASEBP | December 2 2020

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy The season of giving is almost upon us and perhaps the most meaningful gifts are the ones that can’t be bought. What gift is that you ask? A little recognition of course! Recognition is an aspect of workplace wellness that can sometimes fall…»

Know Your Risk, Prevent Diabetes

by Leta Philp Alberta Health Services – Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network™ | November 20 2020

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. You might think that you’re not at risk, but one in three Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. The good news is there are things you can do to reduce your risk or improve your overall health if you are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Did you know?It is estimated over one million Albertans live with diabetes or prediabetes and some people may be…»

A Time to Remember

by Leslie Webb ASEBP | November 4 2020

In November, there is a calm in the air. The flurry of fall (and all those falling leaves), quickly followed by the excitement of Halloween often means that, by this time of year, we’re finding our rhythm and our autumn routines are starting to flow. It’s also the time of year we pause and remember the people who have sacrificed so much for us. We remember the fallen and those who have served…»

Your Mental Health Means the World

by The Sandbox Staff | October 15 2020

As we send virtual hugs through your device screens and tell you how very grateful we are for all of you wellness champions out there, in honour of World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), we’d like to share a hand-picked bushel of our favourite mental health resources and blogs, all Sandbox-approved, of course. Share them widely with your colleagues. Mental health is often compared to a basketball: when…»