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We are wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season and new year. Keep safe, stay home and take a moment to c...
12/18/2020

We are wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season and new year. Keep safe, stay home and take a moment to cherish all the positives in your life! We will be back in 2021.

Keeping up to date with what is open and closed during the pandemic has been difficult. Especially during the holiday se...
12/17/2020

Keeping up to date with what is open and closed during the pandemic has been difficult. Especially during the holiday season, it can be even more stressful for those of us who have gift shopping to do. Check in with your favourite businesses online to see their updated hours!

To get a better idea of what is currently open and closed in Hamilton while we are in the red category of the COVID-19 Framework, check out this useful website https://www.todocanada.ca/coronavirus-whats-open-or-closed-in-hamilton/.

Physical distancing does not mean emotional distancing, especially during the holidays! There is no better time to check...
12/16/2020

Physical distancing does not mean emotional distancing, especially during the holidays! There is no better time to check in and catch up with your friends and family then right now. There are many great tools to connect you to the people that mean the most. Facetime, Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Snapchat and Google Hangouts are just to name a few. You can use technology to have dinner, watch TV or have coffee with anyone! Maintaining your social life is important in staying positive!

Giving back to healthcare workers, foodbanks, mental health services and vulnerable communities across has never been ea...
12/15/2020

Giving back to healthcare workers, foodbanks, mental health services and vulnerable communities across has never been easier thanks to Canadahelps.org. Canada Helps has verified foundations and fundraisers from across Canada, so you can find an organization that is looking for donations this year in a cause you care about. If you are able, donating is a safe and meaningful way to give back this holiday season!

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/donate-to-coronavirus-outbreak-response/

Rethinking how you will host your own holiday dinners for your household this year is the new reality for most of us thi...
12/14/2020

Rethinking how you will host your own holiday dinners for your household this year is the new reality for most of us this holiday season. The idea of cooking a delicious meal can be the last thing most of us want to do right now, but here are a couple helpful tips to make the endeavour not as difficult.

- There is no shame in making most of you dishes ahead of the day that only require a quick heat-up on the day of.
- Follow recipes online that are designed for small servings, so you do not make too much food.
- Buy take-out containers and share any additional food with neighbours or family that you can drop off for additional holiday cheer.

For extra resources, Martha Stewart has published a couple articles to show you how to cook a hearty holiday meal for a smaller crowd.

https://www.marthastewart.com/8004117/small-thanksgiving-dinner-menu-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

https://www.marthastewart.com/8019550/planning-menus-hosting-holiday-meals-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic

The holidays are a joy but also a time for stress and anxiety. This year many of us cannot spend the coming holidays wit...
12/11/2020

The holidays are a joy but also a time for stress and anxiety. This year many of us cannot spend the coming holidays with our loved ones and that is causing mental distress.

The last few months we have found our lives and realities drastically different from what we were used to. Our work life, education, social lives, and daily routines were shifted for the sake of keeping ourselves, our friends, family, and vulnerable populations safe.

Experiencing all the changes at once took a toll on our health and well-being, making us more prone to stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.

Now more than ever is it important to do mental health checkups on yourself, your friends and family. If you or anyone you know is struggling, it is important to know that there are resources available to assist you!

This post outlines many of the mental health services available right now to any unique circumstances. While these resources were compiled with McMaster students, staff, and faculty in mind, many of them are available to anyone (and available outside of McMaster / Hamilton)

Feel free to share these resources on your social media or with anyone you may
know.

If you have a resource you would like us to share please DM us or email us at [email protected].
#mentalhealth
#crisis
#McMasterUniversity
#mcmasterokanagan
#healthandwellbeing
#BIPOC
#LGBTQ
#hamilton

Technology exhaustion (aka Zoom Fatigue) is a new but very real experience that many of us are facing as we continue to ...
12/10/2020

Technology exhaustion (aka Zoom Fatigue) is a new but very real experience that many of us are facing as we continue to work and study from home. Our bodies are not used to the over-stimulation that comes with staring at screens as much as we are. Though we don’t feel like we are doing much and that all we are doing is staring at a screen all day, the exhaustion that is felt is justified. Our mind is overworking itself as it tries to manage the amount of information it is trying to consume through the computer screen.

A quick tip you can start doing today is the 20,20,20 method recommended by psychiatrist Melina Payne. Every 20 minutes, get up, take twenty steps, look at something at least 20 feet away and keep looking at it for 20 seconds. This technique will help prevent eye strain and further exhaustion.

Setting limits with yourself as to how much time you are spending on technology is just as important. Let your co-workers, friends and family know what times during the day you will be responding to emails, be in meetings and responding to messages. Your time away from your phone and computer to focus on other things like cooking, reading, or going outside can make all the difference.

Let us know ways you’re fighting against technology fatigue!

#mcmasterokanagan #mcmasteruniversity #healthandwellbeing #technologyfatigue #technology #pandemicfatigue #covid19

Many people are returning to the office (even if it’s part-time) and doing more and more activities outside the home. It...
12/09/2020

Many people are returning to the office (even if it’s part-time) and doing more and more activities outside the home. It’s wonderful that we are able to see each other again but we have to remain vigilant and that vigilance can cause exhaustion and stress.

It’s important to spend quality time with your family and closest friends (in your bubble of course) but it’s equally important to spend quality time with yourself. Whether you live alone, with friends (welcome back Mac students!!!) or with your family you need to have your alone time, now more than ever.

Let your work, friends and family know when you plan to spend some time alone so they can plan ahead to give you the space that you need. You may want to turn off your devices or you may want to just sit and enjoy your favourite TV show uninterrupted. Do some yoga or read that book you’ve been wanting to finish. Alone time will help you mentally stay on track and leave you more refreshed.

#McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing #alonetime #metime #recharge

The COVID-19 pandemic is hard to explain to kids (it’s often hard to explain to adults too). McMaster medical student Ni...
12/08/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is hard to explain to kids (it’s often hard to explain to adults too). McMaster medical student Nicole Crimi has stepped up and stepped in to help people explain it through her new children’s book “Patty and The Pandemic”. This book deals with why everyone is so worried, how we can avoid getting sick and how children can stay safe and well.

Nicole is also generously donating 100% of the proceeds from this book to Face The Future foundation, an international medical humanitarian and educational organization.
If you are interested in ordering a book, reading more about Nicole or the Face the Future foundation visit the book’s website at https://pattyandthepandemic.org/
@pattyandthepandemic @nicolecrimiart #mcmaster #healthandwellness #staywell

Another meaningful way to spend your time during physical distancing is by showing random acts of kindness! By witnessin...
12/07/2020

Another meaningful way to spend your time during physical distancing is by showing random acts of kindness! By witnessing or pursuing acts of kindness yourself, your body produces oxytocin, otherwise known as the “love hormone” that increases your energy, happiness, and improves your heart health!

Different ways you can show acts of kindness are by leaving thank-you notes for your mail deliverers, picking up groceries for your vulnerable neighbours, reaching out to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while, or helping someone with some fall outdoor work. If you are looking for additional ways to show acts of kindness, check out this website for further guidance: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/random-acts-kindness. Not only will acts of kindness benefit you but will also benefit those you affect!

#mcmasteruniversity #mcmasterokanagan #healthandwellbeing #kindness #wellbeing #actsofkindness

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month? Some might ask what finances have to do with health and wellbein...
12/04/2020

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month? Some might ask what finances have to do with health and wellbeing. Well the answer is EVERYTHING. Financial Wellbeing is one of the 8 dimensions of wellbeing that the McMaster Okanagan Committee has based their work for improving the health and wellbeing of the McMaster community. Financial wellbeing is about feeling satisfied with your current and future financial situation. Unfortunately, many Canadians are worried about their current and future finances, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they aren’t sure where to turn for help or advice.
McMaster Okanagan has created this inventory of McMaster financial wellbeing resources for you and for those around you to help you feel more satisfied with your current and future financial situation. Take advantage of the resources available to you at McMaster, in your community, in your province and in your country. They’re here to help.
#financialliteracymonth #financialwellbeing #financialwellness #healthandwellbeing @odmcmaster #macmoney @macssc

Understanding that those around you are likely feeling over-whelmed, stressed, and anxious about the circumstances impac...
12/03/2020

Understanding that those around you are likely feeling over-whelmed, stressed, and anxious about the circumstances impacting their personal and professional life in important these days. When you can, try to make yourself available to those around you who may be struggling, or check in with those you haven’t recently to make sure they’re okay! Showing love, kindness and empathy to everyone around us is the only way we can fight through the pandemic together. Let us know of some ways you’re sharing the love!

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected]ter.ca and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

Working remotely can cause people to feel isolated, making it more important to routinely check in with friends, family ...
12/02/2020

Working remotely can cause people to feel isolated, making it more important to routinely check in with friends, family and co-workers. Check in not only about their work or school, but also to see how they are doing. Loneliness can lead to depression and other mental health issues. Be aware of significant changes you may see in someone’s personality and behaviour, because it may be a sign that a person is struggling.

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

Tis the season to shop local! In an attempt to support your local economy and businesses who have been struggling throug...
12/01/2020

Tis the season to shop local! In an attempt to support your local economy and businesses who have been struggling through COVID-19, it is important to try to buy as many gifts as you can within your local economy. Many local businesses are also working with those who cannot enter the store by doing home delivery. Get in contact with your local businesses to see how you can show your support and give back this year.

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

Just as important as staying informed is understanding your boundaries and monitoring how much negative media you are ex...
11/30/2020

Just as important as staying informed is understanding your boundaries and monitoring how much negative media you are exposing yourself too. Whether you know it or not, negative media exposure can affect our mental and physical health. Avoid continuous exposure to news, media, and social media that may trigger or elevate anxiety, stress or panic. Taking a step back from the news and enjoying your own personal time is important when considering media consumption!

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

For many of us, the last few months we have found our lives and realities drastically different from what we were used t...
11/27/2020

For many of us, the last few months we have found our lives and realities drastically different from what we were used to. Our work life, education, social lives, and daily routines were shifted for the sake of keeping ourselves, our friends, family, and vulnerable populations safe.

Experiencing all the changes at once took a toll on our health and well-being, making us more prone to stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.

Now more than ever is it important to do mental health checkups on yourself, your friends and family. If you or anyone you know is struggling, it is important to know that there are resources available to assist you!

This post outlines some of the many mental health services available right now to any unique circumstances. While these resources were compiled with McMaster students, staff, and faculty in mind, many of them are available to anyone (and available outside of McMaster / Hamilton)

Feel free to share these resources on your social media or with anyone you may
know.

If you have a resource you would like us to share please DM us or email us at [email protected].

#mentalhealth
#crisis
#McMasterUniversity
#mcmasterokanagan
#healthandwellbeing
#BIPOC
#LGBTQ
#hamilton

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month? Some might ask what finances have to do with health and wellbein...
11/27/2020

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month? Some might ask what finances have to do with health and wellbeing. Well the answer is EVERYTHING. Financial Wellbeing is one of the 8 dimensions of wellbeing that the McMaster Okanagan Committee has based their work for improving the health and wellbeing of the McMaster community. Financial wellbeing is about feeling satisfied with your current and future financial situation. Unfortunately, many Canadians are worried about their current and future finances, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they aren’t sure where to turn for help or advice.
McMaster Okanagan has created this inventory of McMaster financial wellbeing resources for you and for those around you to help you feel more satisfied with your current and future financial situation. Take advantage of the resources available to you at McMaster, in your community, in your province and in your country. They’re here to help.
#financialliteracymonth #financialwellbeing #financialwellness #healthandwellbeing @odmcmaster #macmoney @macssc

Finding it difficult to remain productive during physical distancing? That is completely okay. A simple and non-demandin...
11/26/2020

Finding it difficult to remain productive during physical distancing? That is completely okay. A simple and non-demanding way to keep your brain working and spend your days is by reading. Grab something new or reread an old favourite. Audiobooks also provide a great way to enjoy reading for those who maybe want to keep moving. E-books and audiobooks can be downloaded from your local library (www.hpl.ca) or you can purchase audiobooks online from programs such as Audible. Whether you are picking up a new book you have been yet to read or are picking up an old favourite to provide a sense of comfort, reading is one of the best medicines!

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

Spending time with your pets has an extraordinary impact on your well-being. During this time of social distancing, spen...
11/25/2020

Spending time with your pets has an extraordinary impact on your well-being. During this time of social distancing, spending time with your pets is extremely important! Taking them on walks, teaching them tricks and cuddling them will not only benefit you but it will also benefit your companion. Both you and your pets will benefit from some extra quality time!

Send us a pic of what you and your pet are doing while physical distancing (or just send us a pic of your pet ). We’d love to see it.

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during social distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #SocialDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

A basic way to maintain your well-being during physical distancing is by having meaningful and beneficial sleeping patte...
11/24/2020

A basic way to maintain your well-being during physical distancing is by having meaningful and beneficial sleeping patterns. How long and how well you sleep are a strong indicator as well as influence on your overall well-being. Health Canada recommends that the average adult should get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. To help you maintain positive sleeping habits, a few tips include:
- Avoiding caffeinated beverages before bed
- Maintain a regulated wake up/bed time sleep schedule so your body is used to it
- Practice mindfulness and relaxing techniques before bed every night to begin the process of settling your body for sleep
Positive sleeping habits can improve your heart health, your memory, energy levels, alertness and helps reduce stress. By following these strategies, you can work towards a healthier sleeping schedule that your body will thank you for!

Remember we want to hear from you about what you're doing to stay healthy during physical distancing. Send us a DM, make a comment below or email us at [email protected] and if we use your tip we'll send you a little gift to say thanks. #McMasterUniversity #McMasterOkanagan #PhysicalDistancing #HealthandWellbeing

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