In celebration of Thrive 2015, we have two inspiring Thriving Campus features for you this month.
Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members.
How do you Thrive at Work?
Working at a hospital site can make it difficult to take advantage of the numerous initiatives UBC provides in assisting employees to Thrive. However, over the years, I’ve worked with a number of colleagues to bring more programming to our site such as Lunch and Learns and the Travelling Health Fair, and to promote participation in Sports Day and the Amazing Race Health Challenge. Doing this helps me continue to feel connected to the larger UBC campus, and I get to take part in a lot of health related initiatives along the way.
I am fortunate enough to work with a lot of great people and taking the time to cultivate these relationships make coming into the office each day something I look forward to.
Seeking opportunities to take on new projects and taking the time to attend a variety of professional development offerings (whether a webinar, lunch time session, or workshop) sharpens my skills and increases my satisfaction in what I can contribute.
On a practical level, I make a point of trying to keep a consistent schedule throughout the week with the aim of improving my work/life balance and, whenever possible, I take lunch time walks with colleagues which provides me with a time to connect and move during the work day.
How do you Thrive at Home?
Learning to thrive in my personal life continues to be a journey for me. I’m a homebody at heart and inertia has a sneaky way of setting in sometimes. Over time, I’ve found a few key things that help me:
Mindfulness: Though it’s become a popular buzzword, for me, it’s about being aware of what I put into my body each day. That doesn’t mean I don’t go through periods of time when I slip off the healthy eating wagon but I am always aware of what I’m doing and that awareness helps bring me back on course.
Staying Active: Even though there are hundreds of ways to be active, it isn’t easy for me. However, when I stop doing it, I simply don’t feel good about myself. So, whether it is taking a long walk, going for a run, spending time with friends hiking, learning to play soccer, rewarding myself to brunch after a yoga class, or doing couples personal training with my cousin, I try to keep some activity in my life at all times.
Community: Over the last few years I’ve made a concerted effort to engage and nurture a strong community of family and friends. This provides a constant source of love and support.
Travelling: I have a deep affection for travelling and feel simple joy and contentment when discovering a new place. Freed from the day-to-day schedules that we are all bound to, it gives me an opportunity to reconnect to myself and regain perspective on what is important to me.
Tamiza Abji is responsible for planning, project management, human resources and finance at the Evaluation Studies Unit in the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies and a Certificate in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University. She has a strong commitment to developing high-functioning teams and a healthy work environment and is interested in supporting organizational effectiveness through her work. When she’s not in the office or participating in some activity, you can find her researching her next travel destination, spending quality time with friends and family, trying to keep up with weekly issues of the Economist, or watching one of many hit TV shows.