Safety and Security

Health Hurdles


The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee has started a new initiative called “Health Hurdles”, where our resident Occupational Health and Safety Nurse will address health challenges that may be preventing you from optimizing your health, energy, and immune system. This will be provided bi-weekly, or more often, depending on the circumstances on campus. This initiative will run for the next four months and will then be reassessed by the JOHSC . The Acadia University Occupational Health and Safety site will house previous sessions in case you miss them and want to look back on them.

Please feel free to provide input or health topic recommendations to OHS@acadiau.ca


Sessions

Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our bodies and minds, compounded by original life stressors, prior to the pandemic. As the pandemic continues, with the uncertainties and numerous guidelines to follow, a heightened sense of anxiety and fear also continues. The pandemic is an unknown threat and the information related to the pandemic is constantly changing and being communicated to society. This is adding to our stressors due to the abundance and confusion of the information, resulting in overwhelming situations for numerous people. Along with all the associated information, fears, and anxieties, we have a variety of government directives to follow, including limiting gathering limits, etc. This has developed fear and hesitancy in connecting with others in case they have the virus and are asymptomatic. This fear and isolation have resulted in a social disconnect from relationships, friends, family, and community supports. Luckily, humans are built to survive and grow stronger as we experience and adapt to change. Determining how well we adapt and grow has a lot to do with our levels of resilience.

Resilience:

  • Resilience is the ability to adapt when faced with adversity.
  • It helps people recover from a setback.
  • It is the ability and tendency to bounce back.
  • Can be learned, built, and developed.
  • You still experience grief, pain, anger, etc. when you have resilience, but you are able to continue to function (physically and psychologically) in everyday life.
  • Resilience is not about avoiding stress but learning to see stress as a challenge and continue to thrive, as a result of inevitable life challenges.

For more information, please read our resources document.

Mental Health

Mental Health is a state of well-being that everyone has in varying degrees, similar to physical health.

  • It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
  • Affects how we think, feel, and act.
  • Our mental health influences how we handle stress, how we relate to others, and the choices we make.
  • If you experience mental health problems, it can affect your thinking, your mood, and your behaviour.
  • Mental Health is much more than simply the absence of mental illness.
  • Mental health and physical health are linked. For example, individuals with chronic pain are much more likely to experience mood disorders.

For more information, please read our resources document.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention and staying present in the moment: It is being aware of where you are and what you are doing, without excessively reacting or being overwhelmed by what is going on around you.

Being mindful has numerous benefits to an individual from decreasing stress and anxiety levels, to positively impacting your brain and immune function. These are just a few of the benefits of being mindful. For more information, please read our resources document.

Stress
  • 27% of Canadian workers (1 in 4) claim to have high to extreme levels of stress daily.
  • 28.3% of Canadians between 35 to 49 years old perceive their stress levels as quite a bit or extreme.
  • 62% say work is their main stress; tied for second at 12% are financial and time stresses.
  • Prolonged stress increases risk of depression, heart disease and substance abuse.

Some stress in our lives is helpful and helps us focus to solve problems. If we did not feel any stress, we simply would not be alive! We all talk about stress, but what is stress?

Stress is the body’s response to a real or perceived threat. Most of the threats people face today are not simply something that they can fight or run away from. Today’s threats are usually problems that people have to work through. But too much stress may feel overwhelming at times, so there are many strategies to help you take control. Some options to reduce stress are time management skills, rest, and exercise.

For more information on stress, management options, and resources, please see the attached document for details.

Contact

Occupational Health and Safety
ohs@acadiau.ca
(902) 585-1199