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Making friends as an introvert

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While many people look forward to the start of the school term as a time of new beginnings and to meet new people, for an introvert this time can be quite difficult. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, an introvert is a person for whom social situations can be difficult due to their shy nature. The idea of meeting new people, remembering new names, and trying to make new friends can cause stress and anxiety. Here are some ways to help reduce the stress of making new friends:

Wellness podcast and app recommendations: mindyourmind and Headspace

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Podcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only, for health and wellness advice, always speak with your doctor or make an appointment with a counsellor.

What is self-care and how to practice it

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You might have heard the term self-care before but you might be unsure of what it means. Self-care activities are things you can do to help yourself achieve a better life balance. Achieving this balance can help you when times get stressful because your system is in a more optimal state before the high-stress time starts.

Here are four tips for how to practice self-care:

Campus Wellness is here for you

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Welcome, new and returning Warriors! Campus Wellness is excited to be here to support you as you come back to campus or are just arriving for the first time. Here’s an overview of some of the Campus Wellness services you can access as a University of Waterloo student:

Optimizing your room for sleep success

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Sleep has been proven to be a factor in academic success. According to a study from the University of Rome La Sapienza, students who get consistent sleep have a better capacity for learning and consequently better academic performance. As you are moving into your new rooms next week, whether they are on or off-campus, consider the following tips for setting up your room for sleep success:

Wellness podcast and app recommendations: Anxiety Slayer and MindTools

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Wellness podcast and app recommendations

Bug bites and stings

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With the summer months upon us, you’ll likely be outside more and consequently, you might end up getting a bug bite or sting. Health Services sees an increase in visitors looking for more information about bites that they’ve received over the summer.

Here’s some frequently asked questions about bug bites and stings:

Healthy snack ideas for when you’re on the go

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Snacking on the right foods can help keep your body and brain well-fuelled during a busy day. You can prevent a mid-day energy crisis or a loss of concentration during that late-night study session by including a power-providing snack to keep you focused. Sugary or starchy foods, like cookies, crackers or candies will give you an immediate energy boost but can leave you feeling drowsy and sluggish after an hour or two. 

Six tips for sleep success

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Sleep is an often overlooked aspect of self-care. With so many priorities to juggle in your life like classes, exams, part-time jobs, and socializing, it can be difficult to find time to sleep. Maintaining a regular bedtime and wake-up time is important because waking up early and having good sleep habits are shown to help with information retention and academic averages. Our bodies need between seven to nine hours of sleep for optimal functioning. Follow the tips below for optimal sleep success:

Three things you can do today to calm your mind

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Studies haven’t concluded yet how many thoughts we have in a day, but different results have found people can have anywhere between 12,000 and 70,000. These numbers can feel overwhelming during times of heightened stress and anxiety, as it can be difficult to stop the constant stream of worry and negativity that floods your mind. So what can you do to slow down the flow of thoughts running through your mind?