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Wellness Initiatives


Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may potentially harm us. This is a stressful time for many of us, and it’s normal to feel more anxious than usual. This is an important time to prioritize relaxation and rest in order to cope with the uncertainty.

In addition to the resources below, try and use helpful coping strategies such as ensuring sufficient rest and respite during work or between shifts, eat sufficient and healthy food, engage in physical activity and stay in contact with family and friends.

In the time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to practice good care for ourselves and others, and continue to build mindful community by reaching out with our hearts instead of our hands.

Mindfulness helps to decrease stress, increase resilience, improve personal productivity, develop connections with others, and augment the ability to experience more joy and peace.

Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, and without judgment.

Access our mindfulness resource guide (PDF).

Virtual sessions at PHSA


  1. Topic: Tune-in Tuesday mindfulness session hosted by BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness
    Date and Time:
    Tuesday, from 7:45-7:55 a.m. Details: For the Zoom information and to be added to our distribution list please email

  2. Register on the LearningHub to receive emails with access details for the upcoming virtual Mindfulness Meditation sessions at PHSA: “Living Wellness - Mindfulness Meditation”
Register on the LearningHub for the following sessions to practice daily mindfulness meditations, learn strategies for managing stress, and learn ways to increase your well-being. 

Topic: Resilience in the Workplace – Co-Existing with COVID-19: What is your plan?
Date and Time: Various dates and times in July and August.

Topic: Mindfulness Meditaiton
Date and Time: Various dates and times. Register on the Learninghub

Topic: Assertiveness: Negotiating Respectful Interpersonal Boundaries
Date and time: October 21, 12pm -1pm
Register on the Learninghub

Topic: Gratitude in the Workplace 
Date and time: October 28, 12pm -1pm
                           October 29, 8am -9am
Register on the Learninghub

Topic: Psychological Hygeine 
Date and time: October 30, 12pm -1pm
Register on the Learninghub

COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-being (Canadian Mental Health Association, B.C). 

Taking care of each other during COVID-19 (Peer Support for physicians UBC)

Coping with Stress (World Health Organization, WHO)

Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 program (a free online program from Starling Minds™)

1. Access a Self-Care Starter Kit to help you identify your self-care needs and build a self-care plan.

2. Take a 21 day Self-Care Challenge:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are having to adapt to quickly evolving circumstances, at times in the absence of our usual coping mechanisms. It is understandable to feel heightened fear or anxiety, or to feel mentally unprepared for such long periods of physical distancing and living with uncertainty. These circumstances make it all the more important to ensure you take time every day to care for yourself and practice your resiliency skills. What can you do today to care for yourself? How can you bring resiliency into your daily life during this challenging time? 

You can view a handout of all 21 days of the Self-Care Challenge. We hope that this will be a useful resource for you to reflect on as you continue to build and enhance your daily self-care practice. 

Self-Care Challenge Day 1:


The self-care challenge is informed by the Resilience at Work (R@W) Individual Model developed by Kathryn McEwen (organizational psychologist) and Dr. Peter Winwood. Take a look at the R@W Building Your Resilience Workbook by Kathryn McEwen. 


Curtis Health online fitness resources

PHSA's onsite fitness provider, Curtis Health, provides online resources for workout handouts and videos, running tips, meditation and mindfulness, recipes, and at home activities with the family. 

Yoga and group fitness class recordings are being posted to the Curtis Health Thrive site on a weekly basis. 
Password: Health

5 Min Desk Workout

Lessen the negative effects of sitting with this 5 minute series you can do at your desk. 

PHSA’s Psychological Health, Safety and Wellness team supports the mental health of all employees in any PHSA program, service, or division. Questions? Email 

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