Thrive Month at UBC | November 1-30
Thrive is an annual series of events that offer UBC students, staff and faculty opportunities to explore pathways to mental health and find strategies that will help them thrive. Check out the Thrive Events Calendar for opportunities to build and maintain your mental health.
- Thrive Kick-off: UBC’s Largest Spin Class! – November 1
- Drop the Puck for Mental Health (charity hockey game) – November 8
- Thrive Birthday Party – November 28
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Fall cohort start: November 1
This free, innovative, evidence-based training is open to all UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will have the tools to be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team.
Boosting Your Positive Outlook | November 14 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Consistently focusing on the negative side of an issue can contribute to stress, lead to physical changes in the body, and affect performance and overall wellbeing. This workshop will help you understand the ways in which this seemingly automatic negative thinking occurs, recognize its typical manifestations, and develop a process for tackling negative thoughts effectively.
Available to all UBC staff and faculty, this free session is facilitated by UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Morneau Shepell.
Getting a Restful Sleep | November 26 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health.
In this session, participants will learn about circadian rhythms and the impact that disrupting these key biological processes can have on their day-to-day activities and work. The workshop will also describe sleep’s vital role in maintaining health along with practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and to stay alert.
Available to all UBC staff and faculty, this free session is facilitated by UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell.
Relaxation Tips to Help You Thrive | December 3 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Our minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to allow us to relax and reduce the effects of stress. While everyone has days that are hectic and unfocused, consistently feeling stressed out, rushed, or on-the-go can have a detrimental impact on a person, increasing their risk of experiencing a serious physical concern. This workshop will show participants how to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques.
Available to all UBC staff, faculty and students, this free session is facilitated by UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell.
Community Health Events
alumniUBC Webinar – Managing Your Energy at Work: Simple habits for better productivity and creativity (Nov. 5)
Energy, in a human context, is your capacity to do work, play and be creative. It’s the foundation of our ability to perform at our best. In this webinar, you’ll uncover what is draining your energy, and how you can create simple habits to restore and protect it. You’ll learn how to design deliberate practices that build your capacities, and apply this to your most important projects. You’ll walk away with a new perspective on how you work, and tangible actions that will enhance your productivity, creativity and collaboration. Learn more.
Funding for Wellbeing Scholars: Call for Proposals (Deadline: Nov. 15)
UBC Wellbeing is once again providing co-funding support for up to five projects that support the health, wellbeing and social sustainability priorities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. UBC staff and faculty are invited to apply.
The initiative targets applied research projects of appropriate scope for a sustainability scholar student to complete within 250 hours during the program period (May 4 to August 14, 2020). The deadline to submit a proposal is Nov. 15, 2019. For more information, visit the Wellbeing Scholars website.
Annual Mammography Screening on Campus (Dec. 3)
The Centre for Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Safety & Risk Services) is bringing back the Screening Mammography Program (SMP) to the Vancouver campus. Operated by the BC Cancer Agency, SMP aims to help reduce breast cancer deaths through early detection and routine screening. The screening clinic is open to all women residents of BC between the ages of 40 and 74, including trans women. Trans men and non-binary people who were assigned female at birth should also be screened. Appointments are required and can be booked by directly through the program without a doctor’s referral. Click here to learn more.
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