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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.

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


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.

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:

How do you practice mindfulness in difficult moments?


You might have heard of the term mindfulness in connection to meditation. But mindfulness strategies include more than just meditation.

Social Distancing and Your Mental Health

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With all that has changed in our daily lives over the past week, you might be starting to notice some changes to your mood, as social distancing and social isolation become the “new normal." Perhaps you are feeling more lonely, on edge, disconnected and even becoming anxious when worrying about the uncertainty of the future.

Managing your anxiety and stress during COVID-19

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Your social media feeds, news outlets and email inbox have probably been flooded with COVID-19 updates. For many of us, the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the disruptions it has caused to daily life might be causing feelings of anxiety and stress. While these feelings are normal to experience—feelings of worry should not consume your life.

Myth or Fact - More Than Food


Welcome to March and Nutrition Month! For the ninth consecutive year, Sandra Ace, Dietitian for Campus Wellness has been sharing insights and advice related to nutririon. Sandra mentioned "that’s long enough to remember the humble origin of the largest nutrition-related public awareness campaign in Canada, which started at a community level over 30 years ago as “Nutrition Week.”" National Nutrition Month now informs millions of Canadians every year.

How can you THRIVE under stress? Good stress versus distress

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Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress is simply the body's response to changes that create demands. There is a difference between Eustress (positive stress), and Distress (negative stress). In daily life, we often use the term "stress" to describe negative situations. This leads many people to believe that all stress is bad for you, which is not true.

Here are some characteristics and examples of Eustress and Distress. 

Did you know we offer Interpretation Services?

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The University of Waterloo is proud to have such a diverse student population. We have students from all over Canada, and even the world. In fact, 20% of our undergraduates and 40% of our graduate students are international.


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