April 2018

Stress Management Tips for Grad Students

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Stress is defined by the American Psychological Association as any uncomfortable emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological, and behavioural changes. We know that some stress can be motivational to help get through situations like deadlines; however, an extreme amount of stress can be psychologically and physically debilitating. Graduate students face a unique set of stressors, keep reading to find out more about key themes graduate students might face and strategies for managing them.

How to plan healthy meals

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Juggling the demands of school, social life, jobs, volunteer work, etc.? Planning ahead will make it easier to eat healthy meals while also saving you money and time. The few minutes it takes to plan your meals for the coming week are well worth the effort. Keeping your kitchen stocked with the basics will make it easy to prepare a quick, energy-packed meal. Meal planning is easy when you follow these simple steps.

Using your strengths to get through life’s challenges

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Everyone has character traits that they are strong in. Identifying your strengths can help you more easily navigate challenging times. There are many schools of thought that suggest that knowing what your strengths are can help you feel more prepared to navigate the ups and downs of life.

So how do you find out what your strengths are?

Easy ways to add a little meditation to your life

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Meditation and practising mindfulness can help you when you are in or approaching stressful situations. Taking time to calm your mind can not only help you during times of stress but can also help feel more even-keeled in your day-to-day life. The great thing about meditation is that you can practice it virtually anywhere and it doesn’t require a big monetary investment to get in to.

Keep reading to find some easy meditations you can do in 15 minutes or less throughout your day.

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