A new wellness campaign encourages UWindsor employees to “Take Charge of Stress.”

Wellness campaign aimed at taking charge of stress

More than a quarter of Canadian workers between the ages of 20 and 64 years describe their lives most days as stressful, according to a 2010 survey by Statistics Canada.

Now the Workplace Wellness Committee and the Department of Human Resources are launching a campaign encouraging UWindsor employees to “Take Charge of Stress.”

Lorraine Grondin, assistant to the dean of engineering and a member of the Workplace Wellness Committee, says

“Health Canada and other experts agree that being aware of and taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical well-being,” she says. “This starts with understanding stress, what causes each of us stress, and how to identify the signs that may tell us we are under too much stress.”

The campaign website offers information sheets designed to increase awareness of stress, explain sources of techno-stress, detail the health impacts and provide stress coping strategies. The site also connects employees to online tools which enable employees to assess their own level of stress and outlines a process for introducing stress coping strategies.

Visit the “Take Charge of Stress” website at www.uwindsor.ca/takecharge.