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Holiday Survival O-Tip of the Week: Not Everyone Enjoys the Holiday’s – And That’s Okay

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of December, one of the busiest months of the year, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to not just “survive the holidays,” but actually enjoy them!  This week our O-Tip reminds you that we need to realize not everyone enjoys this time of year — and that’s okay.

For some, the Holiday’s will bring terrible or sad memories, guilt, pressure, stress, financial hardship, anxiety, and loneliness. Respect that not everyone can manage this season as they would like, and if that means you are missing a card, an email, present or phone call from someone you expected to hear from, let it go. We all have different capacities to manage stress and our emotions, and the holiday season is no exception.

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Holiday Survival O-Tip of the Week: Enjoy a Good Laugh!

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of December, one of the busiest months of the year, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to not just “survive the holidays,” but actually enjoy them!  In this week’s O-Tip we remind you that although December is, legitimately, the most stressful month of the year, you can overcome your stress by stepping back and taking time for yourself.

How?  Never underestimate the value of a good laugh.  Time with friends or a good movie can do wonders for the psyche during this hectic time.  My favorite holiday movies are Christmas Vacation and Elf, and of course the timeless A Christmas Story.  Grab some eggnog or a warm cup of tea, curl up with a blanket and laugh for a while.

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Holiday Survival O-Tip of the Week: Make a list and check it twice!

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of December, one of the busiest months of the year, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to not just “survive the holidays,” but actually enjoy them!  In this week’s O-Tip of the week we take a page from Santa Claus himself.

December is a stressful time of year so organization is key.  Make a list.  Make multiple lists!  Plan it, buy it, store it, and then cross it off your list.  Make separate lists for separate tasks:  cards to send, presents to buy, food to coordinate, functions to attend, decorating to do – then set it and forget it.  Pull out one list a week, tackle it, and then discard.  Repeat.

Try using our printable Holiday Gift Planner to help you stay on track and stress less this Holiday Season.

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“Mo”-Tip of the Week: Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living.

For the month of Movember, a month dedicated to Men’s Health, our “MO”-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to take care of the men in your life.  

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and, according to Prostate Cancer Canada, 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  The rate of survival is highly increased the earlier the cancer is diagnosed, therefore, knowing the symptoms could save your life.  Learn about the symptoms and when to see your Doctor in the following care of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Canadian Cancer Society:  Prostate Cancer

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“MO”-Tip of the Week: Get to Know Your Nuts…

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living.

For the month of Movember, a month dedicated to Men’s Health, our “MO”-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to take care of the men in your life.  

Testicular cancer is most prominent in young men aged 15 to 29.  This type of cancer responds well to treatment if it is caught early, however, due to embarrassment, many don’t check themselves regularly and/or don’t seek medical treatment for irregularities.  It is recommended that men check themselves monthly.  To learn how to do this monthly check and to learn more about testicular cancer check out the following care of Movember.

Movember:  Testicular Cancer

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“MO”-Tip of the Week: Learn the Male-Specific Symptoms of Depression

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living.

For the month of Movember, a month dedicated to Men’s Health, our “MO”-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to take care of the men in your life.  

According to Movember Canada, across the world, one man takes his own life every one minute.  By learning some of the less-recognized symptoms of depression that are more prominently seen in men we may be able to prevent this.  These include:

  • Being irritable, short-tempered, or inappropriately angry
  • Spending a lot of time on work (they may be trying to escape their feelings by keeping busy)
  • Reckless driving, extreme sports, or other risky behaviours
  • Excessive controlling behavior
  • Alcohol or substance abuse (men are far more likely to abuse substances)

These behaviours are untraditional of typical depressive symptoms but mean that men who may benefit from emotional aid are often slipping under the radar for health professionals, and this can lead to disastrous consequences including poor quality of life and higher rates of suicide.  If you, or a man you know, is experiencing these symptoms speak to a healthcare professional.

This Movember, commit to walking or running 60 km in recognition of the 60 men we lose each hour to suicide.  Learn more here.

Learn more in our post, Stressed or Depressed” – Man Therapy

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Make Time for Family Meetings

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of September, a month of back to school and back to reality, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to put the focus back on you.  This week’s O-Tip can help keep your family feeling connected, organized and on the same page.

Hold regular family meetings.  These don’t need to be lengthy or formal, but act as a great way to bring busy families together once a month (or week if you desire) to discuss what is happening in each other’s lives, make plans and allow each member’s voice to be heard.  Learn more about the importance of family meetings and where to begin in the following from the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post:  Family Meeting: This Should Be Your Most Important Meeting Of The Week

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O-Tip of the Week: Let it Go

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of September, a month of back to school and back to reality, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to put the focus back on you.  This week’s O-Tip can help you learn to put the past behind you in order to have a bright future.

Remember this:  “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” (author unknown.)  Check out these 40 Ways to Let go of the Past and Leave it Behind You care of Self Development Secrets.

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Take a Break!

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of September, a month of back to school and back to reality, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to put the focus back on you.  This week’s O-Tip can help to improve your mental health in a matter of a few minutes each day.

Though working through lunch or breaks sometimes seems like it could help you get more done, it actually is counterintuitive.  Breaks are necessary and can help to boost mental health and productivity, especially in the workplace.  However, breaks aren’t just for the office, but for household activities as well.  Some great ways to make the most of this break to boost your mood include:

  • Taking a walk
  • Heading outside for a breath of fresh air
  • Conversing with co-workers (non-work related)
  • Reading a book
  • Meditating
  • Stretching
  • Desk-ercising (try these fun ideas to work out at work)
  • Doing something artistic or creative (try bringing a relaxation colouring book and some pencil crayons in your work bag)

Remember it’s important that we take frequent breaks to reduce stress, improve focus and to take care of ourselves.

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O-Tip of the Week: Track What you Eat

Our O-Tip of the week series delivers valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of September, a month of back to school and back to reality, our O-Tip series will provide you with OT-approved ways to put the focus back on you.  This week’s O-Tip can help with physical self-improvement by helping you properly fuel your body.

How do you know if you are getting the essentials or getting too much of the things we shouldn’t have without tracking what you eat?  We challenge you to fully track what you eat and drink for one full week (or longer for lasting success) to help you find out if you are getting what your body needs.  From there you will be able to make appropriate changes to your diet.  Try the My Fitness Pal app which analyzes the foods you eat and shows you how much of each nutrient (ex. protein, iron, essential vitamins) you have consumed.  You can also use this free (with paid options) app to count calories, track hydration, exercise and more.