December Wellness


December can be a hectic time, filled with festive excitement, time with family and the optimism of a new year. Many people also experience struggles around over-spending, managing family dynamics or loneliness, and keeping positive and active on shorter, darker and colder days.

As you enjoy a break from work and embark on your holiday plans, consider how you will make time to look after yourself and begin or continue good habits that will help carry you through 2022. Western Human Resources, Sun Life and LifeWorks, our EAP partner, have shared some ideas.

Access these great resources through these clickable PDFs or from the links outlined in the table below.

Note: Some of the links require a login to LifeWorks. If you’ve not used these online, self-service resources in the past, you will need to ensure you have registered for access. For registration instructions please visit Western's EAP website.

Navigating family and friends
Managing holiday spending
Feel Your Best
Format Family and Friends - navigating and building relationships

Manage Your Finances 

Feel Your Best -
focus on mental and physical health over the holidays


How to Be a Relationship Ninja (YouTube - 18 min)

Strong Relationships (Video series from LifeWorks)

Simply Put - series on saving, investing and protecting your money (2-minute videos from Sun Life)

Understanding the Value of Your Western Pension Plan (10 minute on-demand from Western and Sun Life)

Mindset for Lifestyle Changes (Video series from LifeWorks)


How to Relax and Enjoy the Holidays - Even During a Pandemic (Sun Life) 

SelfCare During the Holidays (Canadian Mental Health Association)
How to Cure a Holiday Debt Hangover (Sun Life)

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Mental Health (Sun Life)


LifeWorks Program - CareNow: Communication
(Login > Wellbeing > CareNow Programs > Communication)

LifeWorks Program - CareNow: Achieving Financial Wellbeing  (Login > Wellbeing > CareNow Programs > Achieving Financial Wellbeing)

Free virtual fitness sessions through LIFT Session Fitness. Sign up through LifeWorks under Support & Resources and download the LIFT app to get started.

LifeWorks Program - CareNow: Mindfulness
(Login > Wellbeing > CareNow Programs > Mindfulness)

Seek support or explore do-it-yourself tools through LifeWorks

LifeWorks provides the Employee (and family) Assistance Program (EAP) for all Western employees and their eligible family members. Do you want support in tricky times? You can call to arrange confidential counselling support 24/7/365 at 1-844-880-9142 - no online registration required.

Through the LifeWorks website or mobile app you can also access toolkits and do-it-yourself resources such as those listed above, to make everyday life that much easier and bring you closer to your goals. Registration for a LifeWorks account is required and you will be asked to sign off on the LifeWorks Privacy Policy.  Note that the policy is a broad one that is meant to cover all services provided by LifeWorks - many than Western does not utilize. You can read more about how to access LifeWorks on the EAP webpage.

Explore Living Well @ Western

Remember to check out the Living Well @ Western website for programming updates. Living Well is a great way to stay connected with colleagues.

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