SUPPORTING EVERYBODY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

SUPPORTING EVERYBODY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

It is that “most wonderful time of the year” when we are constantly confronted with messages about the magic of the holiday. The holidays mean different things to all of us, and although many look forward to gathering with family and friends, holiday gatherings can also be a source of stress. Many can easily identify the stress that comes with planning, cleaning, and cooking, or perhaps the holiday guests we are less over-joyed to see or loved ones we are missing. We might be less likely though to recognize the stress that holiday meals can create for some. Many of us, myself included, were raised to believe that celebrations are not just about good company, but also good food. As the holidays approach, I notice more and more people talking about eating, food, and bodies, and not always in helpful ways. Holiday meals, and even the holiday season, can become sources of fat talk (negative or demeaning comments about weight and shape we use when ‘bonding’), pressure around food, and unhelpful messages about bodies and diet culture. This can be very difficult for people in any body, regardless of size or shape, especially for those struggling with body image concerns and rigid rules about eating influenced by diet culture. What you can do to help avoid this:
 
Do not make negative or derogatory comments about your own body. For example, “I have a total muffin top in these pants, I need to lose weight.”
 
Do not moralize food. For example, “Ugh, I feel so full after that meal, I need to be good tomorrow.” Eating/food should not be moralized. Food is not good or bad, and we are not good or bad for eating something. Food is food. 
 
Do not comment on what others are or are not eating.
 
Emphasize the time together rather than the meal.
 
Do not talk about weight gain, diets, or weight loss. 

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

STRONG PERFORMANCE BEGINS WITH

STRONG PEOPLE

Schools and workplaces are systems of relationships. Promoting the mental health of teachers strengthens the mental health of students. Colleagues who interact in a positive way work together in harmony towards common goals. Valeo has extensive experience in all dimensions of organizational wellness research and practice. We work with you to create an environment where everyone is able to perform at their best.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

From school boards to classrooms, we evaluate and develop programs to promote mental health. Valeo  workshops for teachers and administrative teams on the mental health needs of students and staff, and helps students build social and resiliency skills. We help your team create a safe and caring school community where everyone thrives.

RESOURCES AND WORKSHOPS ON

WORKPLACE CONSULTING AND PROGRAM

DEVELOPMENT

Valeo creates mental health and well-being programs based on a thorough understanding of your organization, and design a program that fits your unique needs. We also offers single- and multiple-session workshops that address a variety of social, organizational, and mental health issues.

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Supervision and Training

Valeo Well-Being provides opportunities for provisional psychologists and students pursuing careers in psychology and will provide psychology and wellness training

Psychological training

Supervision

Wellness training

Program Development, Design, and Management

Valeo Well-Being will develop and evaluate psychology programs for other organizations.

Research.

Valeo Well-Being will do applied research related to its own programs.

Community Building

Valeo Well-Being will engage in community-building activities like:

Advocacy

Social justice
Affordable, Financial Assistance, Accessibility (assuming no cash nor insurance)

Consultation

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Total Patient

2150

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