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In this issue

  1. Holiday self-care tips
  2. Managing holiday stress
  3. Save the date – Mental Health Academy
  4. Holiday wishes from our team
Welcome to another edition of the Conversation – a place where we provide information on happenings in the area of youth mental health. Feel free to join the conversation by sharing questions, feedback, photos, or ideas for future editions.

Holiday self-care tips

Stick to your sleeping schedule
Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. Getting the right amount of sleep can help you cope with whatever the holidays may throw your way.

Do something fun or relaxing
In between holiday tasks, ensure you’re taking time to unwind with a preferred activity – like reading a book, watching a holiday movie, or drinking a festive hot chocolate.

Remember to exercise 
It might seem harmless to skip your usual workout to fit in additional holiday activities, but what’s good for your bicep is good for your brain! Consider short workouts – like a 10 minute walk.

Eat healthy & drink water
There may be tempting holiday treats to indulge in, but try to also maintain your healthy eating habits to support your mental health.

Surround yourself with loved ones
Spend time with people that will help make your holiday fun and relaxing.

Remember you
If you need to say “no” to someone or something to make time for your holiday self-care, remember it’s YOUR holiday too.

Managing holiday stress

The stress response is the way our brain tells us we need to deal with a problem in our environment. If you find yourself needing to cope with stress during the holidays, check out our Understanding & managing the stress response resource for tips on building resiliency.

Save the date

Mark your calendars for this year’s Mental Health Academy. This one-day seminar will feature dynamic leaders in the adolescent mental health field and provide educators with specific tools needed to better support students in their classrooms.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Location: Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St, Halifax, NS  B3H 0A4

Holiday wishes from our team

To those who follow thank you for your support, dedication, and ideas. It’s because of you that our work reaches those who need it.

We wish you a peaceful holiday season, and a successful new year. We hope you’re able to connect with friends & family, practice self-care, and enjoy your favourite holiday traditions.

Happy holidays!