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Wellness Wednesday Video Series

As part of our ongoing efforts to create, curate and share important wellness resources with employees across the organization during this difficult time, we will be releasing weekly “Wellness Wednesday” videos via our employee portal.

This initiative, created for staff, by staff, aims to share practical wellness tips, resources and challenges to help keep employees well. Weekly topics will range from home workouts to nutrition, mindfulness, connectivity, mental health and more.

A new video will be released each Wednesday morning.

 

 

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Dip, duck, dodge, dive

After three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some of you may be getting a little tired of the term “self-care”. Maybe you aren’t that into yoga, or the thought of finding the time to do a five minute meditation with your kids demanding yet another snack, just isn’t practical.  For those of you looking to let off a little steam and practice self-care in a non-traditional sense – this one’s for you.

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Finding peace by paddling

With the nice weather finally here (in most parts of the country, at least), many of us have likely been feeling that familiar summertime itch – when we shed our winter coats at long-last and start counting down the days to our annual holidays.

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Julia Deacon
How to be creative on a shoestring budget

Whether you’re experimenting with art for the first time during COVID-19 – or you’re simply looking for a new way to distract your kids this weekend – pulled string art is a fun and captivating process that anyone can master.

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Riding out COVID-19

People across Canada and around the world are increasingly turning to cycling as a mode of transportation, as a daily dose of exercise, and as a favourite weekend activity, all rolled into one.

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The golden 20-20-20 rule – and other tips for eye health
The golden 20-20-20 rule – and other tips for eye health

Prior to COVID-19, we were already living in a largely digital world – but with physical distancing, self-isolation and “stay-at-home” measures having been in place for the past few months to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, most of us are now glued to our screens more than ever before.

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Creating your family’s gratitude jar

Our lives have changed significantly over the past couple of months due to COVID-19, and it is normal to feel anxious, worried and overwhelmed during this time of uncertainty. Most days, it’s more than enough to have to cope with our own feelings of stress, but situations like these can take a toll on everyone in a family.

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Wednesday: Finding serenity in sunflowers

Many of us begin gardening to improve the aesthetic appeal of our property. Others take up the practice to have fresh herbs or veggies at their disposal. And some people simply have a green thumb they want to put to good use.

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Stretches for Standing Workers

For those essential Canadian Blood Services employees and volunteers who are currently working on the frontlines, in blood donor centres and other parts of our organization, the days are likely feeling longer and more challenging than ever.

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Cook some delicious (and kid-proof) comfort food together

With many families across our organization coping with physical distancing because of COVID-19, one positive thing that has emerged for some is the resurgence of family meals. A pause in after-school and after-work activities has meant that the whole family is now usually home for dinner.

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Five Workout Essentials

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly disrupted life as we know it. With stores, restaurants, schools and fitness studios closing and many employees across our organization now working from home, most of us are dealing with unprecedented breaks in our regular routines.

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Yoga Poses to Improve your Posture

While some of us who are currently working from home may be fortunate enough to have a great home office or dedicated workspace, let’s be honest – most of our set-ups right now are probably less than ergonomic. 

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S.T.O.P and Meditate

Over the past few weeks, it sometimes feels more difficult than ever to stop and make time for self-care. Many of us are trying to simultaneously juggle work and parenting, while others are still working tirelessly on the frontlines, helping to ensure that our national lifeline remains strong.

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