Wellness is more than just a term or social media hashtag.
And while it is often confused with terms like health, well-being and happiness, it is the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.
People often think about wellness in terms of physical health — diet, exercise, etc., but it is so much more. Wellness refers to the holistic care of your physical, mental and spiritual well-being, fueling your body, engaging your mind and nurturing your spirit.
It’s about living life fully in a way that allows you to be the best version of yourself.
One way to understand wellness is to consider it as a continuum that extends from unwell to optimal wellness. For example, if everything in your life is going great, but you then begin to feel sad or lonely at times, other areas of your life may be affected, and you likely won't feel as well as you want to. You may begin to distance yourself from colleagues or struggle with feeling motivated. In this case, it takes strength and resiliency to keep moving forward. But it can also take support from others.
We’re here for you
Wellness is not about getting it perfect; it’s about getting started. One step at a time.
We encourage you to take the first step in your wellness journey and check your benefits booklet to see which service providers are covered by your benefits plan.
We also understand that your wellness journey is uniquely your own and as such, OTIP offers the following wellness programs beyond your benefits plan:
ALAViDA offers confidential, evidence-based substance use support from the privacy of your smartphone. The TRAiL is a secure platform where you can track your journey and access self-guided resources.
How can ALAViDA help you? The ALAViDA TRAiL is for members who would like to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol and substance use. Whether you're looking to gain control over alcohol or substance use for the first time, have been trying to quit for years or just want to be proactive about your health, ALAViDA offers substance use awareness self-assessments, resources and more.
Go to try.alavida.com/otip to learn more.
Built by mental health professionals, FeelingBetterNow®, is an online mental health platform that provides mental health assessment and personalized action plans for members who may be experiencing mental health challenges.
How can FeelingBetterNow® help you? With the focus on early identification, members can confidentially discover their risk for a mental health issue and begin to take action with a personalized action plan based on their individual assessment and needs.
To learn more, visit www.feelingbetternow.com/otip.
Starling Minds is a self-guided digital program that provides you with tools to help manage your mental fitness, including daily checkups, guided training sessions and a supportive community.
How can Starling Minds help you? Starling Minds is for members who want to improve their mental fitness and is a helpful tool to use alongside medication and/or in-person therapy. Starling Minds makes it easy to learn and integrate practical strategies into your daily life so you can get your mental health back on track.
To learn more and register, go to member.starlingminds.com.
NOTE: You will need an access code to register. You can find your access code under My Library in OTIP’s plan member site.
It is important that you consult your health-care provider if you have concerns about your health, or before you start a wellness program.
Questions? If you have any questions about your benefits coverage, or your eligibility to access the above OTIP approved health partners, send us an online note.
Source: “What is wellness?” Global Wellness Institute. https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/what-is-wellness/