Posts for Current graduate students

Respiratory Therapist Available at Health Services

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Do you have Asthma? Did you know a Respiratory Therapist from St. Mary’s General Hospital comes to Health Services regularly to assist students in managing their asthma?

FAQs About Workshops, Seminars, and Group Therapy

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Campus Wellness offers a variety of ways for you to learn different life skills and personal development opportunities. Within our departments, there are many different ways that you can participate including Seminars, Workshops, Group Therapy, and Online Learning.

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

Salmon fillet with salad

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

Water lily in a pond

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.

Tips for Better Sleep

Tips for Better Sleep - uwaterloo.ca/campus-wellness/blog

Do you ever fall asleep in class or at your computer? Do you watch the clock as you struggle to fall asleep? Do you routinely procrastinate and then pull all-nighters to meet your deadlines? Unfortunately research shows that all-nighters and skipping sleep are not helpful for academic performance. Consistently getting an optimum amount of sleep is a way that you can do your best academically.

Nutrition FAQ: What can I do with leftovers?

Omelette

Nobody likes to waste money or food, so what can you do with leftovers? Here are ten ideas for using food up:

How to help a friend

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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. You might be unsure of what to say or worried that they might get angry or stop talking to you. But in reality, reaching out and showing you care can really help a person who is experiencing a mental health concern.

Social Media and Your Mental Health

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There are lots of studies out there that say that social media is bad for your mental health and can actually make people feel bad about themselves. There are also lots of benefits to social media, including helping people meet or stay in touch when they aren’t geographically proximate to each other, helping social movements organize, and bringing attention to important news.

So how can you use your favourite apps for connectivity, collaboration, and information without feeling the effects of negativity that can come with them? Read on for our tips.

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