As Thrive Week comes to a close, it doesn’t mean that the time to thrive is ending. The message of the week was meant to highlight the resources you can use on campus to thrive in everyday life, foster an inclusive community and show how to develop healthy habits as a student. With Thrive Week also came the launch of a new Instagram Story template each day on @UWaterlooLife. Every story template was designed to help students identify the positive actions they’re already taking to thrive all year.
During the week, we asked students to screenshot the templates, fill them out and tag us at @UWaterlooLife so we could share them! Here are just some of the ways UWaterloo students are thriving
Daily Self-Care Checklist
There are so many days as a student when you might be too busy to catch your breath, or you’re thinking too much to ever stop and collect your thoughts. However, checking up on your self and ensuring that your mental and physical well-being is taken care of is super important to your ability to thrive. You can think of it like checking the fuel gauge in a car. If you’re low on self-care, plan a pit stop to your favourite campus quiet spot, or schedule in some time to catch up with a good friend.
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This activity brings attention to the different ways students deal with their emotions and what makes them feel good. After all, there’s no “right way” to experience your feelings. Some students might need to de-stress alone and take time to recharge, while others crave being surrounded by friends or family.
Many elements of student life can be stressful or have the potential to be overwhelming. But at the same time, our campus has so many great spaces, resources and experiences to offer and this template helped us remember what we enjoy about life at Waterloo. The University may be somewhere where we get to study and learn, but it’s also an inclusive community filled with clubs, activities and inspiring natural scenery for everyone to enjoy.
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Being able to identify your feelings and manage your emotions is also really significant to your ability to thrive. It can be hard to check in with yourself sometimes and be honest about how you feel at times. This activity helps us see that there is a wide range of people who can relate to any one of your emotions at any given time, and understand - whether you’re excited, sleepy or feeling on fire – what you’re going through.
Missed our story templates during Thrive Week? Find them in the Wellness Highlight on @UWaterlooLife's Instagram and share how you thrive!