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Welcome to the Campus Wellness blog. You'll find tips and information about health and mental health topics here. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For medical or counselling advice, it is important to consult your health care professional. Links to other websites are provided for reference purposes only, and Campus Wellness is not responsible for the content presented on these sites.

FAQs about STIs

Event poster for STI clinic: Wednesday July 26 from 10am to 2pm, Health Services Building
 
 

What is an STI?

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are infectious diseases that are spread through any type of sexual contact.

Why is it important to get tested?

Being your own advocate

Advisor and student talking

Have you ever spent a long time thinking about how to ask for something from someone, only to have that person not respond or dismiss your concerns? Or have you ever stayed up at night thinking about other ways a recent conversation could have gone?

July wellness podcast and app recommendations

Person wearing pink headphones

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.

Five sun protection tips for summer

Two girls lying on a dock wearing sun glasses

With beautiful summer weather happening you’ll be tempted to spend more time outside. Whether you’re hiking, having a picnic, canoeing at Laurel Creek, or studying on the grass on campus, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get too much sun. Getting too much sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration or heat stroke. Here are five ways you can enjoy the summer sun more safely:

Four quick meal ideas

Vegetables in a stir fry pan

Sometimes life can get ahead of you and eating well can fall way down on the priority list. But being short on time, money, or cooking experience doesn’t have to mean falling short on nutrition. With a little imagination, basic cooking equipment, and some simple ingredients, anyone can prepare quick, tasty, and healthy meals.

Wellness podcast and app recommendations

Person walking while listening to smartphone with headphones

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.

Mindfulness and meditation for stress reduction

Meditation by the lake

You may have seen a recent study from University of Waterloo that found that 10 minutes of meditation can help anxious people focus in stressful situations.

Managing emotions in difficult situations

Person holding tea in front of computer

It’s the night before your exam, and you’ve been studying for longer than you’d care to admit. You can’t focus on the page anymore but you feel like you need to keep going. You feel unprepared, anxious, and afraid of failing. In this situation, your emotions might take over causing you distress. 

Party smart this long weekend

Lake at night with campfire

It’s the first long weekend of the summer and you’ve got plans: Maybe you’re to go to a friend’s cottage, exploring the great outdoors and camping, or even heading to a friend’s for a backyard campfire. If alcoholic drinks are a part of your celebrations, consider the following.

Drinking safely