Today is Caregivers Day. 3.3 Million Ontarians support someone else. Many caregivers work full time and then care for someone they love in their hours outside of work. Every caregivers journey is different but nonetheless it can be mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting. Please visit www.ontariocaregiver.ca to help support you or someone you love or work with.
Do you know your blood pressure numbers? Blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day and day to day. If your systolic and/or diastolic numbers are consistently 135/85+ – talk to your doctor.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Many of these battles cannot be seen. I suspect these numbers are pretty similar around the world. I love this 10 Keys to Happier Living from Action of Happiness in the UK. Commit to sharing how you are feeling and help promote mental wellbeing in families, schools, workplaces and communities.
“By taking mental health seriously, you can build a better team. You can be a better boss, and you can be a better colleague. And my hope is that #MentalHealthAtWork can help you do it” – Duke of Cambridge
While this initiative may be designed for UK organizations, Mental Health At Work has many amazing resources for employees, managers, leaders and organizations wherever you live in the world.
Visit the website. Sign up for their newsletter. Be a leader and commit to supporting mental health at work.
Today is National PBC day.
You have likely never heard of this disease. It is relatively new in awareness, but unfortunately likely quite prevalent in the population unknowingly.
PBC stand for primary biliary cholangitis. Primary because these is no prior cause. Billiary as it causes the scarring of the bIliary ducts in the liver, which is cholangitis. The cholangitis will eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver. This disease has no cure, but can be controlled. Eventually it will cause liver failure and the need for a transplant.
A very dear lifelong friend of mine was diagnosed with PBC earlier this year. Please visit the PBC Society website to learn more, share it with those you love to help raise awareness and hopefully one day they will find a cure.
About last night.
Thankful to be included in the Markham Wellness Circle Launch Event. I met many awesome wellness professionals as well others like me who are passionate about all things wellness.
The Markham Wellness Circle in partnership with the Markham Public Library will be hosting free monthly wellness events at the brand new Aaniin Community Centre and Library. If you are interested in exploring things related to the mind, body and spirit and live and/or work in Markham, you will want to join us at a future event.
Please follow along on Instagram @markhamwellnesscircle and/or sign up for their newsletter direct to your inbox to learn more about future events.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon Cancer is highly treatable if detected early and is up to 90% preventable.
Know the symptoms & get screened. Having a colonoscopy can save your life. I have had many people say they refuse to have this test because of the prep. My family history requires early screening and the prep in Canada is easier than ever before. If you have been putting this procedure off, please do not be afraid of having a colonoscopy. Talk to your Doctor about when screening should begin for you and if you have any symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. Colonoscopy screening saves lives. Don’t let fear or embarrassment get in the way of getting this important screening and maybe saving your own life.