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Wellness podcast and app recommendations: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and Happify

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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.

How to incorporate meditation into your life

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Taking some time in your day to do some quiet reflection and deep breathing can be a really beneficial way to lower your stress levels. Meditation and mindfulness exercises are two ways you can help your body relax by focusing your thoughts and slowing your breathing. You might be wondering if you have time to build these kinds of exercises into your already busy schedule, but the good news is that even a small amount of focused mindfulness can help relax your mind and body.

Common questions about our Coping Skills seminars

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Counselling Services offers four 1-hour Coping Skills seminars all term long. Most every week of term you can find at least one seminar to take. But you might be wondering what a Coping Skills seminar actually is and whether or not taking one is right for you. Our Coping Skills seminars were developed to help you gain insight into your patterns of thinking, feeling, and self-care that can contribute to your overall mood and outlook.

Why should I take a Coping Skills seminar?

By taking the Coping Skills seminars you will cover many of the questions and themes you would cover in your first one or two individual counselling sessions. If you attend a Coping Skills seminar while you are on our waitlist for individual counselling, you might be able to better identify your counselling goals before you are matched with your counsellor for your first appointment.

Using proper hand washing to avoid winter colds and flus

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With cold and flu season approaching quickly you might be wondering how to prevent yourself from losing time to sickness this winter. One thing you can do is get your flu shot. Health Services is hosting a Community Flu clinic this week in the SLC where you can get your flu shot to protect yourself from the strains of flu that are predicted to be most virulent this year. Aside from that, practising proper and frequent hand washing can help you to avoid picking up the latest cold and flu. So what does it mean to practice proper hand washing?

Wellness podcast and app recommendations: The Happiness Podcast and the BeSafe App

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.​

FAQs about the flu and the flu shot

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With cold and flu season coming up, you might be wondering whether or not to get a flu shot this year. The answer is yes! Health Services provides flu clinics in October and November to help make it easy and convenient to get your flu vaccine and help stop the spread of influenza.

What is Influenza?

Eating healthy during stressful times

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When we’re under stress, oftentimes our first inclination is to skip meals or grab something quick but unhealthy. However, research shows that our need for nutrients increases during times of stress and that there is a more rapid turnover of protein, fat and carbohydrates that your body needs to produce energy.

Five ways to practice resiliency

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Resiliency is a word you hear a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is: “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress…It means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences.” Building your resiliency skills can help you face life’s ups and downs more evenly, enabling you to be able to handle change and adversity when they come along.

So what can you do to make yourself more resilient? These five tips can get you started:

Healthy eating basics

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Eating nutritious, healthy meals on a regular basis is an important foundation for your self-care routine. Sometimes eating well can seem like a complicated process or a chore. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep these basics in mind to help plan out your weekly meals:

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: