Morning Mindfulness: "Mind full or Mindful?"

Dr. Diana Singh and Dr. Jessica Rizk discuss the topic of stressors and stress responses, including research that supports why it’s important to build healthier strategies.

Online Workshop Tool: The Planner | “From surviving to thriving” Great West Life | Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (A resource developed in partnership with McMaster University)

Workshop 1: Recognizing your Personal and Automatic Response to Stressors

Individuals select from a list:

  • Physical Responses
  • Behaviour Responses
  • Emotional Responses

The list is based on current personal and automatic Responses.

This workshop was originally shared on May 9, 2020.

Workshop 2: Choosing Healthier Strategies

Individuals select as many healthy responses that speak to them personally, from a broad list.

For example, options include: Mindfulness and meditation; spirituality, ask for help and support, exercise, talk therapy, gratitude, cost/benefit analyses, etc.

This workshop was originally shared on May 16, 2020.

Workshop 3: Recognizing and Exploring your Current Stressors

Individuals check any items that they are coping with right now or know they will in the very near future.

For example, individuals choose from triggers that fall under the category:

  • Social
  • Physical/Mental Health
  • Financial
  • Work
  • Emotional

This workshop was originally shared on May 23, 2020.

Workshop 4: Balancing your Support Network

Resilience involves acknowledging our need to connect with each other. This section asks us to reflect on this.

Individuals will think about family, friends, associates, neighbours, or services they could reach out to for help.

This workshop was originally shared on May 30, 2020.

Dr. Diana Singh

Dr. Diana Singh - Presenter Dr. Diana Singh is a postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She is a mental health researcher who specializes in emotional labour and work stress. She is currently working on various projects that centre around emotional resiliency and psychological distress amongst service workers.

Dr. Jessica Rizk

Dr. Jessica Rizk is a researcher at the Higher Education Quality Council of Canada, and an Ontario-Certified teacher. She specializes in the area of education, digital technology, and social inequality. Her research has examined the integration of educational technology in classrooms among Ontario students (K-12), and its impact on student engagement and student well-being. She also has research interest in the area of mental health and education and has recently joined the ABMF team.

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