Photo Credit: Cathy King. Pelicans at the Salamonia Channel of Lake Winnipeg.
Checking In - Self Care: August 2020
Information - Resources - Online Classes

Self Care is making plans with yourself and then seeing them through.

Stay Healthy - Stay Safe - Stay Connected

Focusing on Self Care is Not Selfish:
It actually increases our capacity to care for others

Right now we need to focus on what it is that keeps us going, refreshes us, inspires us. Whatever it is that lightens your load, try to make space for it.  Whatever it is that fills you up, fit it in. 

Sleepless in Manitoba: Making Sleep Work for You
Source: Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services

“If we live to be 75 years old, we will have spent 20-25 years (about 1/3 of our lives) sleeping or trying to sleep. We spend more time sleeping than any other single activity in our lives. Poor sleep results in poor mental and physical health,a shorter life span and a lower quality of life. We should be spending a lot more time finding out how to sleep well and how to remedy poor sleep.” ~ Dr. Carlyle Smith

Sleepless in Manitoba is a resource that was developed to enhance the personal well-being, safety, and success of Manitoba’s farmers, ranchers, shift workers, and all those who live and work in rural Manitoba. Sleep affects everyone’s health and safety.

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Grieving Differently During a Pandemic
Sources: McMaster Optimal Aging Portal &

If you have experienced the loss a loved one during the pandemic, there are a few steps you can take to help you grieve:

Stay connected. Invite people to call you or set up conference calls or virtual conferences with family and friends to stay in touch. Share stories and photos by post, email, phone, video chat or through apps or social media.

Reinvent mourning rituals and practices. We need mourning rituals and practices that are respectful, consistent with the faith or culture of families, to mark the departure of the loved one during pandemics. Why not create a virtual memory book, blog or web page so that family and friends can honour the memory of your loved one, share memories. Prepare your loved one's favorite meal or any other concrete gesture that had significance and can remind you of them.

Ask for help. Getting help is essential if you or a loved one is going through a crisis or needs emotional support. Crisis Services Canada provides a list of crisis and listening centers across the country (including local grief and bereavement support groups). These centers are there to respond to people who ask for help.

What do I tell the kids? How do I support them? is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways. Click Here for more.
Fight Cravings with Exercise

Having cravings for a cigarette is one of the most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when you quit smoking. It helps to have a plan to manage cravings when they hit. Including exercise in your plan can help you get past cravings.

Exercise can distract you and keep you busy until the craving passes.
Studies show that even short periods of physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, reduce the urge to smoke.

6 mood-boosting yoga poses you can do with kids
Source: Active for Life

In these uncertain times, kids are not immune to stress and anxiety. There are a number of yoga postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) that can benefit children’s mental health and well-being and are easy to do with kids of all ages.

The COVID-19 pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, socialize and live. Caring for your mental health is important in these times.
Mental Health & Wellness

People naturally have many different feelings and responses, both positive and negative, when they have to cope, including:

  • panic, anxiety, worry, fear
  • anger, disbelief
  • helplessness, despair
  • sleeplessness
  • lack of concentration
  • exhaustion
  • loneliness
  • co-operation, teamwork
  • generosity towards others
  • inspiration
  • strength in connecting with others/community

It's Berry Season
Contributor: Caroline Le Clair, Community Wellness Facilitator & Registered Dietitian with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

Whether you eat them alone, in a crumble, or toss them in a salad, they’re a delicious way to add some vitamins, nutrients, and flavor to your life! Berries are low in calories and high in fibre so find a way to work them into meals and snacks.
Here are 2 berry yummy recipes to get you started; treat yourself!

Be Mindful of Your Eating Habits
Contributor: Caroline Le Clair Community Wellness Facilitator & Registered Dietitian with the Interlake Eastern RHA
Sources: Canada's Food Guide & the Craving Change Program

Healthy eating is about more than just the foods you eat. It is being mindful of your eating habits, taking time to eat and noticing when you are hungry and when you are full.

To find out more about the Craving Change Program, please email or call Toll Free 1-877-979-9355.
Build Strong Bond with Family Game Nights

Family Game Night is a lost tradition in many homes. Spending time with your household is a very safe way to have fun these days so let’s bring game night back! Pick a night and plan some games, here are some ideas to get some real face time with your family.

"The next phase to re-opening has begun. If you are heading out and about continue to so safely by social distancing, adhering to gathering sizes, wear a non-medical mask, use hand sanitizer and if you are not feeling well, stay home.

You can always visit for the latest data, information of cases, tips, helpful links, and full details on what phase four includes. Stay safe. Stay informed."

Shared Health MB
The Community Wellness Team wishes you a safe and healthy summer!

Our next issue will be in circulation in September 2020.

Community Wellness Team | Toll Free 1-877-979-9355