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by Allyson Lucas, NorthStar Wellness


Ask for recommendations from your friends or family. If your workplace has a Human Resources Department, EAP program or insurance company, you may want to consult with them. Visit websites such as Psychology Today, Google local therapists and browse their websites.

Learn the differences between a psychiatrist, psychologist, registered psychotherapist, social worker and counsellor and decide which professional is best suited to your needs. Double-check to see if your benefit plan covers these particular services.

Call or email a mental health professional and ask if it’s possible to meet them for a free consultation for 15 – 20 minutes to learn more about them and see if they would be a good fit for you.

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Canadians Need To Relax, But Watch Out For Leisure Sickness

IT MAY NOT BE KAROSHI, BUT MANY HAVE EXPERIENCED LEISURE ILLNESS August 15th is Relaxation Day and Canadians are encouraged to remember to slow down, breathe and make healthy lifestyle choices. Little Britain, ON – We finally have a day off.  One that we have been looking forward to.  Only to be struck down with some kind of bug which makes us feel rotten. For some, taking a vacation doesn’t lead to sleeping in, relaxation or family fun.  It may mean headaches, migraines, fatigue, muscular pains, nausea and viral infections that caused flu-like symptoms and colds. These symptoms can be a sign of leisure illness and they are often linked to stress caused by work overload and pushing ourselves too hard before taking time off.

This illness was often considered to be psychosomatic, because most people in the midst of it were not suffering from any viral or bacterial infection and it tended to be experienced by people who were overworked, expressed a lot of stress around working, or who rarely took time off from work. However, it may be that these people pushed themselves to the point where they compromised their body systems and when they finally took time off, their bodies ‘gave in’ and responded with aches, pains and illness reactions.”Our bodies respond to the stressors that we face.  Sometime these reactions are not immediate as in the case of being in a car accident and our heart racing.  Sometimes these reactions build over time and eventually they can wear us down.  Sometimes it is not until we stop the ‘rollercoaster ride’ that our body responds and we experience these flu or cold like symptoms,” says Beverly Beuermann-King, a Canadian work-life balance expert. Continue reading

LOST – Lynn Zimmer’s thought of the day

LOST By David Wagoner 1976 Stand still.  The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to  know it and be known. The forest breathes.  Listen.  It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost.  Stand still.  The forest knows Where you are.  You must let it find you.   Lynn Zimmer Executive Director YWCA Peterborough Haliburton 216 Simcoe Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2H7 T | 705.743.3526 ext. 112   F | 705.745.4654