Heights of Well-Being

You’ve made it to the end of the journey on our Road to Well-Being. We hope that you have found the journey to be worthwhile, and of some assistance in your search for greater emotional and physical health. We hope that you continue on this journey in your own lives in whatever way is possible for you. We have three reminders to send you on your way: Practise. Be patient with yourself. Have hope

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Lake of Stress

What’s Stress? Imagine that you are walking home from work through a park when suddenly, from behind a hedge, comes a very large and growling dog. The dog appears ready to attack. What do you think, feel, do, in this situation? What are some of the sensations you have in your body? Take a moment to close your eyes and list the sensations you feel in your body as you imagine it. What you have just recreated or remembered is the body’s stress response. Stress response This is the bodily, emotional, and psychological symptoms that occur when experiencing a stressor.…

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Relaxation Cove

When we refer to relaxation, we usually refer to something that we do because we enjoy it. It generally lifts our mood and helps us to feel better. There are some different forms of relaxation: Activity Based Relaxation This is a form of relaxation that is generally focused on an activity or a task. You might go swimming, jogging, gardening, do some crocheting or painting, or do some reading (there are lots more possibilities!). All of these are activities that, if you enjoy them, will generally give you a sense of satisfaction and improve your sense of well-being. Passive Relaxation…

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Hope Can Be Learned: Setting Priorities for Change

Hope, according to Snyder, has a lot to do with prioritizing areas needing improvement, identifying possible ways to achieve goals, selecting routes and following those routes. A logical first step is to decide what things in life are most important to you, and then think about how satisfied you are with the current status of that area. An area of high importance but low satisfaction may be a good starting point. For example, if you rank Family as being #1 (most Important to you), but your relationship with your family members is currently quite poor (rating of 2 for Satisfaction),…

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Personal Meaning Profile: What are your sources of meaning?

The following statements describe potential sources of a meaningful life. Please read each statement carefully. Indicate to what extent each item characterizes your own life by clicking one of the seven circles to the right of the statement according to the following scale You can change your selection for any statement simply by clicking on a different cirle in the group next to the statement.You can change your selection for any statement simply by clicking on a different cirle in the group next to the statement. Once you have indicated a level for each statement, click on the “Calculate” button…

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Reactions to Daily Events

The following statements deal with reactions you may have to various situations. Indicate how true each of these statements is depending on how you feel about the situation. Do this by clicking the most appropriate circle.The following statements deal with reactions you may have to various situations. Indicate how true each of these statements is depending on how you feel about the situation. Do this by clicking the most appropriate circle. Proactive I am a take charge person. I try to let things work out on their own. After attaining a goal, I look for another, more challenging one. I…

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The Isle of Pessimism

Pessimistic Attribution Style In reflecting on negative events, many people, especially depressed people, have a pessimistic attribution style. They tend to infer: “It’s me, it’s going to last forever, it’s going to undermine everything I do”. In other words, they have a tendency to blame themselves, to think that the problem is global (happening everywhere in their lives), and worse, that it is permanent (will continue to happen throughout their lives). Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours all interact. For example, a tendency to blame ourselves, often translates into feeling sad or depressed. When we feel sad or depressed we tend…

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Thanks, Credits & Copyright

This web site was developed by psychologists at the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is part of a research project that was funded by an Innovation Grant from the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan. It was also generously supported by the Saskatoon Health Region. The materials on this web site have been put together as a Group Education program (Power Point Presentation, Workbook, and Wall Map). Currently the program is being researched to determine its efficacy. Principal Investigator: Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder Research Assistant: Jason Jordan Co-Investigators/Collaborators: Bette Brazier, Dr. Sarah Hillis Consultant: Dr.…

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Strait of Attributions

Imagine you are walking down a hallway and you see someone you have met before (we’ll call him “Bill”) and wave at him. He appears to look at you, but he does not acknowledge you and keeps on walking. What are some of your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about this situation? (Take some time to answer the question before moving on.) Your answer to this question is influenced by your attributional style. An attribution is: A way of making sense of experience by making guesses (inferences) about the causes for events, especially our own and other’s level of responsibility. There…

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Forgiveness Meditation

The following is a guided meditation that others have found quite helpful. It does not mean that you have to forgive someone who has hurt you. That is always up to you. Read through the meditation. If you find it helpful, tape it, or save the WMA audio recording in the Road to WellBeing Mount Forgiveness section, so that you can use it as a meditation when needed. Close your eyes…think of a time in your life when you felt betrayed by someone – someone you cared about, or someone who was important to you in some way. It could…

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