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The Importance of Taking Breaks

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Regardless of whether you are working onsite or remotely, September is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for the McMaster community. New students, new challenges, and a full workload can make the vacation used in the summer seem like a distant memory. That is why it is incredibly important to ensure […]

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Employee Well-being: Practising Mindfulness

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The Benefits of Mindfulness Mindfulness helps focus your attention on one thing at a time, and promotes awareness of the present moment. Refocusing when your mind wanders leads to increased productivity, while improving compassion for yourself and others. Mindfulness also has many other benefits for both our physical and psychological well-being. There are studies that link […]

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Employee Well-being: The Importance of Vacation

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The Importance of Vacation With the summer months upon us, McMaster employees will be taking some well-deserved vacation. While extravagant trips may not be part of your plans this year, it is still important to decompress and recharge your batteries. This month, we would like to provide resources on the importance of vacation, and how […]

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Employee Well-Being: Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement Life has become structured in a way that makes it very easy to avoid movement, but our bodies are designed to move! Being active improves your mood, helps decrease depression and anxiety, increases positive self-esteem, and improves sleeping patterns. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines suggest that Canadians 18-64 years of age should accumulate […]

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Employee Well-Being: The Importance of Recognition

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The Importance of Recognition Recognition is defined as demonstrating gratitude towards the accomplishments and efforts of others. Employee recognition is a fundamental component to creating a friendly, compassionate working environment that promotes the psychological well-being of all members of the team. This month, we would like to highlight the importance of recognition in relation to […]

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Employee Well-being: Mental Health Week

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Mental Health Week: May 3 – 9, 2021 Mental Health Week has been a Canadian tradition for the past 70 years, with communities, schools and workplaces rallying to celebrate, protect and promote mental health. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is understanding our emotions. Recognizing, labeling and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and […]

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Employee Well-Being: Sustainability

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Sustainability and the Environment This month we would like to share some great resources and webinars to help you along your path to eco-friendly living and sustainable practices. The links below offer tips on how to make sustainable changes in your life. Let’s keep our planet clean! An easy way to reduce your impact on […]

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Employee Well-Being: Nutrition Resources

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March is Nutrition Month New diet trends and fads seem to pop up constantly. It can be difficult to discern between nutrition myths and facts. One important thing to remember is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition. In the article “Nutrition Myths Busted” from Lumino Health, discover the truth […]

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Employee Well-Being: Focus on Family

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Focus on Family  We look to our families for love, support and enjoyment and we rely on our families when times are tough. Families shape us as we grow and they shape our society. It is important to recognize that “family” doesn’t always refer to people who are related by blood or genes or shared residency. […]

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Employee Well-Being: Whole Heart Health

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Focus on Whole Heart Health  Although many Canadians may develop some form of cardiovascular disease, a healthy lifestyle is key to prevention. Lifestyle changes including quitting smoking, regular check-ups with your doctor and dentist, and the following three recommendations, will set you on the path toward whole heart health: 1. Eat nutritious foods: There is […]

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