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Creative Self-Care: Activities to Cultivate Positive Mental Health

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Let’s take a moment to talk about self-care, creativity, and mental health. It can be difficult to learn how to take care of ourselves, but regularly taking part in new activities can help to cultivate positive mental health.

Accepting Your Emotions: Fostering Positive Mental Health

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Let’s take a moment to talk about mental health. Sometimes, it can be difficult for us to recognize when our mental health may be suffering.

How to Be a Better Ally: A Non-Exhaustive List of Resources

Pride March

Happy Pride Month Warriors!

As we near the end of June, we want to remind everyone that even though Pride Month is coming to an end, your advocacy, support, and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community should never end! Here are some of the ways you can continuously work to be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community.

We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.

George Takei

Maintaining Healthy Long-Distance Relationships

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Back in March, during the fast-paced transition to social distancing, many of us found ourselves unable to receive the closure needed before switching to a virtual environment. For the majority of us, we did not know that the last time we saw our friends and loved ones would be the last time for quite a while.

Keeping Busy During Quarantine

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As quarantine measures extend, it is not uncommon to find yourself at a loss for what to do while spending most of your time at home. As we enter our fourth month of physical distancing, you may feel as though you have exhausted all activities and are starting to feel yourself losing motivation and productivity.

Diet and your immune system

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Nutrition misinformation is rampant at any time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a further increase in deceitful marketing scams.

Cannabis 101 and Your Health

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You might be curious about or considering trying pot. Or maybe you are already a person who uses cannabis and are interested in leaning how to enjoy cannabis responsibly. The perception of the prevalence of use of marijuana is different than reality. According to the University’s 2019 National College Health Assessment survey, 61.5% of University of Waterloo students surveyed had never tried cannabis. Whatever the case, you should take some time to learn more about cannabis so that you can make an informed decision.

Easy ways to add a little meditation into your daily routine

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Meditation and practising mindfulness can help you when you are in or approaching stressful situations. Meditation and mindfulness exercises are two ways you can help your body relax by focusing your thoughts and slowing your breathing.

Navigating the Food Environment During a Pandemic

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Eating well during a pandemic might seem like an impossible goal with all these guidelines and safety precautions in place. There is a lot of information and misinformation out there when it comes to food, grocery shopping, unpacking groceries and ordering take-out. With a little planning and savvy shopping, you can conquer this ever-changing environment, while still including healthy choices into your daily meals and staying safe! Use these tips to make your pandemic shopping a breeze:

Positive Psychology and Your Happiness

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With the recent pandemic and major changes to our everyday way of life, we have been thinking about ways to experience meaning, purpose, and positive emotions in our daily activities. This has led us to do some further reading in the area of Positive Psychology - a relatively new and growing field of psychology. Positive Psychology can be defined as the study of “the good life” - or aspects of our experience that help build a life worth living. Martin Seligman, who is considered one of the founders of Positive Psychology, summarizes it as the 

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