Feeling stressed? Research shows mindful meditation can decrease
stress, depression and anxiety and improve happiness and immune function,
among other things. Find a quiet place, get comfortable and focus on your
breathing. Take long, deep breaths from your diaphragm.
Try to clear your mind and focus on the present moment. If your mind
wanders, focus on a single positive thought and notice how it affects your body.
As little as five to 10 minutes of mindful meditation can relax you, reduce stress
and increase happiness and gratitude.
— Stories by Yasmin Jaswal
For more tips on managing stress, visit MyHealthAlberta.ca and search
for stress management.
an entire network
Alberta’s health-care system
has thousands of services and
resources. A primary care doctor
connects you to all of them plus an
array of health-care providers, such
as nurses, physiotherapists, mental
health consultants and pharmacists.
“Primary care doctors proactively
manage your care, and can now help
you access enhanced care through
specialists and teams. The result
is healthier outcomes,” says Bart
Goemans, senior communications
and member services manager with
the Calgary West Central Primary
Alberta has more than 40
primary care networks.
For more information, visit
Trusted health websites
Thanks to the Internet, it’s
easy to find more information about
health and wellness than ever before.
Knowing what information you can
rely on can be somewhat harder.
To help you, Apple will recommend
trustworthy sites each issue
beginning with these four:
information for parents from
• sexgerms.ca—straight talk about
sexually transmitted infections
from Alberta Health Services
practical advice on how
Albertans can cut their risk of
cancer in half
3880.asp—this page offers a
menu of information about
seniors’ health care.