Welcome to the ER Wellness Newsletter!

It is very easy to get caught up in all the devastating news of the COVID-19, social isolation and a general feeling of despair, during this pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to practice good self care – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Employee Relations department has provided newsletters with practical tips, reminders and resources on how to maintain your mental wellness.

Here is a guide we recommend you use to productively digest these newsletters.

Take a look at this image, The Chair of Well Being by Dr. Eric Levi.  I’d like you to imagine a 4 legged chair, we know that each leg is critical for that chair to support anyone who chooses to sit on it.  Now imagine that your life is supported by that chair. What would our responsibility be if we wanted our lives to be supported?  Well, we would need to ensure that the structure of those legs were strong enough.  Sounds simple, and practical, but when it comes to our wellbeing, unfortunately most don’t take time to regularly contemplate and assess the structure that supports our wellness.  But we need to – because if any one of those legs were compromised the chair would fall.

Take time for Self-Reflection. Look at the 4 legs of your Wellbeing and determine if there are any areas that your feel require attention.  Just get curious, and please leave any judgement or self criticism at the door.  Give yourself permission to be open, honest and vulnerable.  This is how you manage Self-Care, by knowing where you need to place your attention.

4 Legs of the Chair of Wellbeing Framework

  • Physical Wellness
  • Mental & Spiritual Wellness
  • Social Wellness
  • Occupational / Vocational Wellness

Once you have identified an area that needs your attention, use this framework to focus on the newsletters or videos below addressing these specific areas.

Newsletters

Self Care Video #1Managing Fear & Anxiety with Gratitude (Physical & Mental Wellness)

Self Care Video #2Power of Mindfulness Breathing (Physical & Mental Wellness)

Self Care Video #2aBreathing Exercise (Physical & Mental Wellness)

*Information provided on this site is psycho-educational in nature and for educational purposes.  It is not a substitute for professional care from qualified  doctor.  If you are needing support in your mental wellness journey or are struggling with mental illness, we encourage you speak to your family doctor and seek out a qualified medical professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, mental health councillor or a family and marriage councillor.*
Please send comments or suggestions on future topics to Vivienne So, Manager Learning & Development Ontario Division at vivienne_so@can.salvationarmy.org