City of Saskatoon Employee Family Assistance Program
Employee & Family Assistance Program Board of Directors (the “Board”) is
represented by Unions, Associations, Departments and Boards of the City of
Saskatoon. It has full authority and
responsibility over the governance, operation and evaluation of The City of
Saskatoon Employee & Family Assistance Program (the “Program”).
To enable support
to City employees and their families to address personal issues that may be
impacting work performance through proper governance and responsibility of the
The Board of Directors is responsible to ensure the operation
and evaluation of the Program continues to support the needs of the City’s
employees and their families in the most cost-effective process. The Board recognizes that treatment for
mental health and behaviour issues, when referred to appropriate professionals,
can foster an emotionally healthy work environment.
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Audio Exercises for Managing Stress and Anxiety from the Crisis Trauma Resource Institute.
The following recordings are guided exercises for managing stress and anxiety through mindful awareness, breathing, and simple movements. You can access the link below to the recording.
This exercise guides you through using your senses of sight, sound, and touch to practice focusing your awareness on the present moment. This is useful when you find your focus caught up in worry about the future, or thoughts about the past.
Embodied Breathing (8:21 mins)
This exercise uses mindful awareness and focuses on breathing to help you become more connected to body sensation and use breath to deepen a sense of relaxation. This is useful for managing and regulating emotions, releasing tension, and feeling more relaxed overall.
Cocoa Breathing (3:03 mins)
This is a guided breathing exercise for children, using mindful awareness, breath, and imagination. With simple instructions, a child is guided through slowing down and regulating their breath using the familiar activity of imagining a warm cup of cocoa. This exercise is useful for settling the breath, body, and any worries in the mind.
Wiggle to Wind Down (3:18 mins)
This is a guided activity for children, using mindful movement, awareness, and playfulness. The activity guides a child through simple movements to release agitated energy, and transition to a more settled and relaxed state. This is useful when a child is anxious, agitated, or having a hard time feeling settled.
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