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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

Friends hugging on a bench

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

Student looking at his phone

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.

Seven relaxation techniques

Knitting and Knitting Needles

With all the competing priorities in your life, it can be difficult to set aside time for yourself. But getting small pockets of relaxation as often as possible can help you in the long run, increasing focus and reducing the risk of burnout. The key is to practice your relaxation in ways that fit into your busy schedule and don’t interfere with your ability to get things done. So, what are some productive relaxation strategies you can use? See our ideas below:

Guided relaxation or meditation

Sexual health resources on or near campus

Person looking at information on computer and writing in notebook

Are you looking for sexual health information, advice, or treatment at University of Waterloo? Health Services and other community partners nearby are available to help. Read on for more information about what sexual health supports and services are close by.

Reasons to get the flu shot

We’re in the middle of cold and flu season. Getting the flu can impact your ability to attend your classes, complete assignments or attend to other commitments like going to work or seeing family. The flu can keep you off your feet for from 2 – 14 days. Have you got your flu shot yet?

What to expect at Counselling Services

A counsellor and a student talking

Deciding to seek help for your mental health can be a tough decision. Oftentimes the fear of not knowing what will happen when you go for help can be enough to deter some people from going at all. We’ve put together this blog post to help you understand what you can expect when you come to visit us.

The Imposter Phenomenon

Writing on a journal page that says "You are enough"

Have you ever thought something like the following?

  • “I don’t belong here. The admissions committee clicked the wrong button when I got my acceptance.”
  • “The co-op before me was so awesome, there’s no way I can ever live up to them. I’ll be fired when they find out I’m not as qualified as them.”
  • “Everybody around me is so good at what they do. I’m the only one who isn’t able to get that job in Cali.”

If yes, you might be suffering from something called Imposter Phenomenon or Imposter Syndrome.

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