Posts for the Topic Self-care

Effective Relaxation Techniques

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The all mighty midterm season is upon us. Whether you are going to be taking your midterms or marking them, it can be a stressful time for us all. Remaining relaxed during the midterm weeks can improve focus, reduce stress, boost working memory, and combat trouble sleeping. Here are some relaxation exercises provided by Campus Wellness to help you relax during these high-stress weeks.

Take time for yourself this winter break

Words in cursive: Take care of yourself

You’ve no doubt been busy for the last couple of weeks with exams to study for and end of term projects. The break is just around the corner which will bring with it some much needed time for rest.

Spending time in nature to increase your wellness

Tents in a campground

Spending time outside can increase both your physical and mental wellness. A UK study which challenged people to do something outside for 30 days in a row found that “there was a scientifically significant increase in people’s health, happiness, connection to nature and active nature behaviours, such as feeding the birds and planting flowers for bees – not just throughout the challenge, but sustained for months after the challenge had been completed.”[i] Your time in nature doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Keep reading for some ways to spend mindful moments outside.

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.

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.

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

Campus Wellness services available for you

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Welcome back to another term at University of Waterloo. Here’s an overview of some of the Campus Wellness services you can access as a University of Waterloo student:

Strategies for dealing with stress

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Whether it is a deadline or an important life event, we all experience stress from time to time.

Wellness podcast and app recommendations: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and Happify

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Podcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only.

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