For the past 71 years, Canadians have recognized May as Mental Health Month. The theme for 2022 is empathy, the tagline “Before you weigh in, Tune in”.

2022 has been another year with no shortages of struggles. 

Prevalent social injustices, the continued impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the Will Smith Oscar kerfuffle are just some examples where we’re seeing the high levels of stress.

 All this, and we still have to deal with the demands of everyday life.

How did we ever commute to the office, drop kids off at daycare, and put real pants on before 8:30 a.m.?

Short Fuse:

As a result, we are seeing increased incivility on the roads, in our communities and in the workplace. 

In fact, a recent study performed by the Canadian Mental Health Association found empathy to be on the decline among Canadians.

The study found Albertans were feeling 15% less empathic in May of 2022 than in past years.

(Read the full article in the link below)

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/mental-health-study-shows-albertans-feeling-less-empathetic-towards-others-than-at-start-of-pandemic

We began the month of May by challenging our community to 30 days of mindfulness.

 If it feels to you like you are being handed more and more balls to juggle, you are no doubt feeling the pressure to keep them up in the air as long as possible.  But rather than asking you to become a better juggler, we’re asking you to take a 30-day mindfulness challenge.

Why you might ask?

There’s a general consensus that mindfulness is good for you, but that’s not all. Mindfulicity’s expert Lana Bentley put the mindfulness research to the test.

As a registered social worker and a member of the clinical registry, Lana knew what she was looking for. She found evidence suggesting several benefits to practicing mindfulness including:

●       Increasing creativity in the workplace.

●       Decreasing employee turnover.

●       Counteracting the effects of incivility in the workplace.

●      Supporting constructive conflict management by reducing avoidance and increasing collaboration.

●      Reducing workplace injuries.

●      Simultaneously improving worker mental health and job performance.

Our research found that employers continued to be challenged by workplace tension, loss of productivity, and most of all, they were struggling to manage conflict in the workplace.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, these challenges jump to the forefront, as employees struggled with ongoing uncertainty and its effect on their mental health.

So we asked ourselves how we can help:

What many don’t know is that YW Calgary has deep expertise in counselling clients in high conflict to regulate their emotions to create a safe space for all.

Our clinicians tackle this issue in an evidence-based, unique way with a focus on mindfulness and they continue to get amazing results. Ironically, it is these same skills that help people manage ALL kinds of stress and conflict.

The key ingredient (our secret sauce)?

Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a practice we can incorporate in the workplace daily – it’s one of the main contributors to healthy workplaces.

Our work demonstrates that we all, regardless of our role, have the ability to influence and de-escalate a challenging situation with some key, basic skills grounded in mindfulness.

On a personal level, mindfulness benefits us by:

●       Giving us the ability to better manage stress.

●       Helping us navigate uncertainty and conflict.

●       Improving relationships at home and at work.

When we thought about the best way to honour Mental Health Awareness Month, inviting you to participate in a mindfulness challenge seemed like a no-brainer.

To support your 30 days of mindfulness, we’re happy to provide you with the following resources:

An awesome Mindfulicity Module for free during the month of May.

To register ➡️ https://mindfulicity.ca/try-for-free/

ACCESS CODE: Mindful May

Guided meditation exercise:

What should you expect?

“Being mindful is not necessarily about feeling better. It is however about feeling more fully.”

Lana Bentley

Mindfulness will help you in terms of keeping yourself replenished. It’s a good way to pay attention on purpose, to notice what’s happening around you and to start prioritizing not only the tasks that need to be completed but also yourself. 

Go ahead, take the challenge.

Your mind will thank you.

Additional resources:

Watch Mindfulicity’s expert, Lana Bentley, unpack real life examples of stress at home and at work.

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