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How to stay healthy during cold and flu season

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Cold and flu season is upon us. Avoid lost time from work, school, and social engagements by taking precautions from getting sick. There are many things to consider to keep yourself healthy. Keep reading for tips to stay healthy during cold and flu season:

FAQs about the flu and the flu vaccine

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.

How to take care of your mental health

We’ve all got mental health to care for just like we all want to care for our physical health. We know to be physically well we need to exercise, eat well, and practice hand washing, but what does it mean to be mentally well? The Mental Health Continuum model was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and gives us a model to understand the full spectrum of mental health.

How to help a friend

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Have you noticed a friend has suddenly stopped attending classes altogether? Or maybe they’ve started saying things that sound distressful or hopeless? Or they seem like they’ve lost control of their emotions? Sometimes you might notice a friend is struggling with their mental health and want to help, but it can be really hard to know how, or if you should approach them. Reaching out and showing a friend you care can really help them.

How to identify the symptoms of stress and strategies to manage it

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Stress is the wear and tear our bodies experience as we adjust to our changing environment. In life, we can’t avoid all stress, so our goal is not to eliminate stress but learn how to manage it. Ideally, you’ll find your optimal level of stress that will motivate you instead of overwhelming you.

What are the sources of stress?

How to reduce your worry thoughts

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Everyone worries about things sometimes, but anxious people tend to have a lot of worry thoughts. Some worries are helpful (e.g. for planning, motivating action, or considering others’ feelings) and we call these productive worries, but many worries are unproductive (e.g. worries that generate “what ifs” that do not lead to concrete, practical actions). Even when we know our worries are unproductive we can still find ourselves stuck worrying about them.

How to use simple strategies to reduce anxiety

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Think about a time in your life that something good happened. It could be a birthday or a vacation, a fun time out with friends or family, or maybe just a time you felt truly relaxed and at ease. Focus your mind on that experience for a moment. Try to relive that moment using all of your senses:

What after-hours supports are available?

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Sometimes when you need help or someone to talk to it doesn’t always fit into conventional office hours. We wanted to take this post to highlight the different options that are available to you if you need mental health support or medical assistance when our offices are closed.

Information regarding cannabis use and your health

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With the legalization of cannabis in Canada, you might be curious about or considering trying pot. Or maybe you are already a person who uses cannabis and you are interested in our country’s changing rules. The perception of the prevalence of use of marijuana is different than reality.

Tips for practicing healthy habits and managing your health at university

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Starting a new chapter at university is an exciting time. There are lots of new things to learn academically, new things to try, and new people to meet. You also might be new to managing your health. There are many things to consider to keep yourself healthy. Keep reading for our top 10 ways to stay healthy while at university:

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