Mental Health and...

Mental health (or well-being) is a balance of mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.  Caring relationships, a place to call home, a supportive community, and work and leisure all contribute to mental health.  No one's life is perfect; mental health is also about handling life's ups and downs.

When you feel you don't have this balance, or you feel you can't handle life's challenges well, it can affect your mental health. These changes and challenges can get in the way of you enjoying your life.

You and your family will benefit from learning how to enhance and protect your  mental health (whether you have experienced mental illness or not).

Capital Health’s Addiction and Mental Health Program is taking major steps to improve care for individuals living with concurrent disorders.

Pronounced keen wah, quinoa is considered a superfood. It contains all eight essentail amino acids, is gluten-free and it's a great source of protein.

Kale, a member of the cabbage family, is a low-calorie, nutritent-rich green. Its flavour can be sweet or peppery depending on how it's cooked. It is a good source of vitamin A and is loaded with beta-carotene. It is also a significant source of vitamin C and is rich in fiber.

 Try this easy take on a favourite comfort food.

Anna Quon shares the pleasure of cooking just for one.

A light and tasty treat that offers a fun way to help you get  your daily serving of fruit. Add different combinations of berries and other fruit - try mango, kiwis, peaches and more! It is simple and healthy.

Enjoy this healthy comfort food at the end of the day or for lunch.

Staying mentally healthy and happy includes being physically active. Hiking is a great activity and it doesn't require a lot of expensive gadgets.  Below is a list of some of the hiking trails accessible by Metro Transit in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Everyone needs a mental break during the day. Many Haligoinans have discovered yoga is a physically and mentally rewarding way to get that.

Making dinner can hold little appeal at the end of a busy or long day. If you don't have leftovers but you want a fast, healthy and inexpensive meal, then your cupboard could hold the solution. 

Creating a grocery list of foods you and your family enjoy eating that meets your food budget - and your healthy eating guidelines  - can be a challenge. The following food suggestions may make your next trip to the grocery store a little less stressful.

Many people feel getting a job, or returning to work, is central to their recovery from illness - whether mental or physical. Work builds self-confidence and an income provides financial stability.

A portion is the amount of food a person eats. When you are given a larger portion of food you are likely to eat more. These larger portions can make you gain weight. The portions you eat in a restaurant or at home are often larger than what you need to feel full. Eating smaller portions of food can help you control your weight.

If you are returning to work after an illness, or you want to switch jobs and try something different, one of the first things you need to do is update or change your résumé so it includes your most recent experience. A strong résumé will get you noticed.

It feels good to get out and be active in your community. It's a great way to stay healthy and well. Halifax Regional Municipality offers lots of things to do for every age group and ability.  Most activities on the following list cost nothing. Have fun!

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Eating Well

Eating well is about finding a balance.

Handling Stress


Stress and anxiety are everywhere.

Being Active


Having free time, and spending it wisely, are important to good mental health.

Work


Work builds self-confidence and an income provides financial stability.

Addictions


When it comes to your health, there is no safe level of tobacco use.