By Miranda Massie on July 16, 2019
Over the past few weeks, a number of friends and colleagues have shared news articles, stories and recommendations with me, all related to time and technology. Perhaps there are new research results circulating, or maybe summer activities are inspiring folks to think more about how they spend their time. No matter the reason, these topics have been floating around in my head.
A fine line exists between supportive technology and digital overload. Programs and apps are constantly emerging, most designed to theoretically make our lives easier and enable us to do more with the time we have. And yet, we know our devices can leave us feeling lonely, overwhelmed and disconnected. So is technology making us more efficient or creating further distance between us and those around us — and potentially even distancing us from our true selves?
This month, I’m sharing suggestions — both digital and human-centred — for bringing more awareness to our use of technology.
The above actions will help you:
- Relax your eyes, neck and wrists
- Increase feelings of closeness and connection through social time with others
- Create space for increased mindfulness, less multi-tasking, and a greater attention span
This summer, I encourage you to try using “smart technology” more intelligently. Focus on connecting with yourself and your communities in ways that will support and rejuvenate you for the busy fall months ahead.
Signing off until September!
All my best,
By Miranda Massie on October 23, 2018
How do you like to Thrive?
It’s nearly Thrive Week at UBC and I’m excited! An award-winning and nationally-recognized initiative, Thrive invites the UBC community to explore diverse and unique paths to mental health.
While there are many relevant ways to foster and maintain good mental health, research consistently points to five actions that can help.
We call these the Thrive 5:
1. Thrive by moving regularly: Moving regularly can help you manage stress and feel more positive.
2. Thrive by resting up: Spending time without screens before bed can help you sleep better and feel more rested.
3. Thrive by eating to feel nourished: Adding more veggies to your diet boosts the health of your mind and body.
4. Thrive by giving back: Helping others and giving back can give you a sense of purpose and connection.
5. Thrive by saying hi: Checking in regularly with family, friends and colleagues builds supportive relationships.
These five actions seem intuitive and simple enough, but in practice, they can seem like daunting tasks. I know that exercise, fruits and veggies, a full night’s sleep and social time are good for my health. But sometimes, all I have energy for is takeout and the couch, which leaves me feeling guilty or disappointed about my inaction.
What I’ve realised is that another critical part of my mental health is understanding my limitations and being self-compassionate. If we learn how to cut ourselves some slack, perhaps it will create the space needed to use the Thrive 5 more effectively.
This month, while I encourage you to use the Thrive 5 as ways to explore mental health, I also encourage you to listen to your needs. If all you feel like doing is going home and zoning out in front of the TV or going to sleep, do it. Enjoy the mental rest, forgive yourself and move on. There is always tomorrow.
And if tomorrow you’re looking for ideas to help you explore your own path to mental health, check out the Thrive Calendar for a range of engaging and diverse events, activities and experiences. Happy Thrive Week!
All my best,
Photo credit: Student Communications and UBC Thrive
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By Miranda Massie on October 3, 2018
Recently, I attended an engaging workshop hosted by a colleague on the topic of resilience. Beyond being a “wellness buzzword”, resilience is the capacity in each of us to draw on multiple sources of strengths, social networks and resources to overcome adversities.1 The great thing about resilience and overall mental health is that we can learn skills, tools and strategies that allow us to effect positive changes on our wellbeing.
One such strategy is social connection. UBC has identified social connection as one of the institution’s top five wellbeing priorities going forward. It is also strongly linked to resilience and is one of seven key strategies for building our ability to bounce back and overcome challenges.
Four ways to build social support:2
- Talk to someone. Use this connection to seek help, gain perspective and insight, or just to vent.
- Reach out. Family members, friends, colleagues or professionals can support you in different ways, depending on what you need and what their strengths are.
- Connect with your community. Try being active in a community-based group or organization. Already a part of a community group? You’re already increasing your social support and building resilience!
- Identify five or more meaningful connections in your life. Evidence shows that having five or more meaningful connections indicates a strong social support network. Try making a list of who you would turn to for different kinds of support (friend, resource, fun, mentor, challenger, appreciator, etc.)3
This month, I invite you to reflect on your social networks both at work and in your personal lives. Within these communities lies a wealth of knowledge and support that can be shared in order to strengthen our wellbeing.
Interested in learning more about the power of social connection? Watch this TEDx Talk “Connect or Die: The Surprising Power of Human Relationships” (12 minutes). Or, consider registering for our Building Resilience Workshop (Nov. 1) to discover more contributing factors to our mental health and resilience. Lastly, I’ll leave you with an infographic of top tips for creating a support system from our EFAP provider Morneau Shepell.
Wishing you a wonderful start to the fall.
All my best,
1Youth Resilience and Protective Factors Associated with Suicide in First Nations Communities, 2014.
2Building Resilience Workshop, UBC HR Health, Wellbeing and Benefits, 2017.
3Adapted from Neilson, M. 2012. Complete Workplace Wellness
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By Miranda Massie on August 7, 2018
Guest contribution from Wendy Quan
Do you habitually check your email or social media messages? After all, the messages we receive are entertaining and may also make you feel important. But when does this habitual checking become disruptive to your life, productivity or focus?
Speaking from past experience, I remember when at the end of most work days, I didn’t know where my time had gone. I knew I was sitting at my computer a lot, but what did I have to show for it? My to-do list certainly wasn’t getting done.
Once I came to this painful realization, I put my mindfulness knowledge into action. I immediately noticed a boost in my productivity and my ability to stay focused on what was important throughout my day. Here’s how you can create this same awareness.
Notice the urge. Make a choice.
Mindfulness teaches you to be more aware of your thoughts and even cravings. When you get that urge to check your messages just because you feel like checking them, pause and observe that urge. This takes only a second or two. Recognize that urge and make a choice. Do you honestly need to check, or would you rather stay focused and productive?
Notice derailment. Make a choice.
When you do decide to check your messages, you may feel an immediate urge to act on your messages. Before you know it, you’ve spent 10 minutes composing a response that wasn’t even urgent. You’ve even forgotten what you intended to work on before you checked your messages – you’ve been derailed!
As you read your messages, take a moment to mindfully notice your urge to act on it now. Make a conscious choice as to whether acting on it now or later is the right thing to do.
Practice checking your urges and you will likely enjoy the freedom from this habit and see an improvement in your productivity.
Wendy Quan is an industry leader in helping organizations implement self-sustaining mindfulness meditation programs to create change resiliency. She is the founder of The Calm Monkey, the first and only online and in-person training and certification of its kind, which turns experienced meditators into Mindfulness Meditation Facilitators in the workplace and community.
Wendy is a certified organizational change manager who has been recognized as a pioneer by the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley and the global Association of Change Management Professionals and the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources. Her client list includes individuals from around the world and organizations such as Google and the government of Dubai. Her life’s purpose is to help people create a better experience of life.
By Miranda Massie on October 3, 2017
I came across this tweet from UBC Public Affairs last week:
“New UBC research explains why you think everyone else has more friends than you do”
It piqued my interest because the theme for this month’s newsletter is social health. In preparation, our team has been reflecting on what social health looks like and how it takes shape within our relationships and connections with others.
This new research reflects a widespread belief that people think their peers are more socially connected and have more friends. However, the reality reveals this to be untrue. Essentially, we are convincing ourselves that everyone else is getting invited to the party but us, and this is resulting in negative consequences on our self-esteem and mental health.
The word social can be intimidating, particularly for those who identify as introverts, but we can still reap the benefits of social connections even when we keep our circle small.
Top five reasons to stay connected this fall:
- Improve your thinking. We are more likely to think in positive and empowering ways when we have meaningful connections with others.
- Protect yourself. Social support and associated boosts in self-esteem are protective factors against life’s stressors.
- Get well and live longer. Being emotionally supported by others leads to improvements in physical health and longevity. Allowing yourself to seek this support during stressful times can improve a person’s overall wellbeing.
- Boost self-esteem. Social support impacts self-esteem. Higher self-esteem is associated with lower levels of anxiety, depression and distress.
- Find more satisfaction. Self-esteem is also associated with higher levels of overall life satisfaction and happiness.
Check out this TED Talk about the power of human connection:
More than ever, I’m convinced that FOMO (the fear of missing out), is a real thing — I have a major case of it most of the time — but I am comforted in the fact that research has now confirmed that it is mostly in my own head.
This month I invite you to reflect on, and appreciate, the friendships and social opportunities that you have instead of those that you don’t. Whether your social circles are large or small, we can all benefit from continuing to connect with others.
If you are interested in practical ways to create and deepen connections with others, check out the following links:
- The Chopra Centre’s 10 Ways to Deepen Your Connections With Others
- TED Talk’s How to connect with others
- Entrepreneur.com’s How to Immediately Connect with Anyone
Photo credit: UBC Communications and Marketing
Kawachi, Ichiro and Lisa Berkman. (2001) Social Ties and Mental Health. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 78:458-467.
Steinhardt, Mary and Christyn Dolbier. (2008) Evaluation of a Resilience Intervention to Enhance Coping Strategies and Protective Factors and Decrease Symptomatology. Journal of American College Health, 56: 445-453.
Thoits, Peggy. (2011). Mechanisms Linking Social tied and Support to Physical and Mental Health. Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 52:145-161.
By Melissa Lafrance on June 7, 2017
Thriving Campus features testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members. This month we feature Dionne Halyk, a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement.
How do you thrive at work?
Taking classes: I love taking classes and there is so much opportunity for staff and faculty to learn at UBC. I’ve taken classes ranging from Adobe InDesign to Ethnographic Film Methods to Writing for Multimedia and the Web. I also love to attend the “lunch and learn” classes put on by UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits. It’s a wonderful opportunity to eat my lunch while learning things like mindful meditation techniques, debt and saving strategies, and nutrition tips.
Taking part in things around campus: We’re lucky to have so many things available to us right on our doorstep! I’ve joined yoga on Fridays in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, gotten vitamin advice at the UBC Pharmacists Clinic, visited the Museum of Anthropology (multiple times), watched in awe at UBC’s Baccalaureate Concert, ate delicious Hot Lunches, competed in the Staff & Faculty Sports Day (shout out to my HR team, Team Fabulous, who just won this year’s Team Spirit award!), and so on. The list of things to do here is unending!
Collaborating with colleagues: I’m genuinely lucky to work with such kind-hearted, hard-working and very fun colleagues. Everyone – from my cubicle partner Masa to our very own President Ono – embodies the true UBC spirit of positivity and collaboration, and every day at work I see this. Working in HR means I connect with multiple people across campus daily and I can honestly say they make my job a joy. Thank you to everyone at DAE, IT, Central HR, Payroll, Benefits, Building Ops, Admissions, etc. for your help! We have a saying in my office – one team, one dream – and I can tell you that truly exists here.
How do you thrive at home?
All things artistic: Painting, writing, photography, filmmaking, sewing – I even made a willow chair once! I love being able to express myself and create different things.
All things outdoors: Hiking on the North Shore, snowboarding at Mount Seymour, being a beach bum at Kits Beach – mountains, forests and the ocean are happiness therapy for me.
Travel, travel, travel: I’ve been to 29 countries so far with plans for number 30 this fall. New people, cultures, art, architecture, foods and languages…these are a few of my favourite things.
And finally, my family and friends: Movie nights, board games or just sitting around telling stories and laughing – nothing makes me thrive more than spending time with them!
Dionne Halyk is a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement. She has a BA in Sociology and a BComm in Marketing, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Dionne is originally from Saskatoon and has travelled, worked and studied in locations that range from Banff and Quebec City to Chile and Ireland. She is currently working on a short poetic documentary, blending her love of travel with writing and filmmaking.
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By Melissa Lafrance on December 7, 2016
As the busy holiday season begins to ramp up with to-do lists and social commitments at work and home, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. We have some ‘holiday helper’ articles for you by Shepell, UBC’s EFAP provider, that can help you maintain your wellbeing during the holiday season.
- Rediscover the joy of the holidays with Make it Meaningful: Reconnecting to the Spirit of the Holiday Season
- Become a smart shopper and creative gift-giver with Tips for Savvy Holiday-season Spending
- Warm-Weather Activities to Bring Your Family Together
- Time Out: Making the Most of the Holidays
It’s important to remember that the holiday season can also bring up feelings of loneliness, sadness and pressure. It’s not an uncommon occurrence to feel a range of emotions during this time of year.
- Read more about loneliness and the holiday season
Employee and Family Assistance Program Services
UBC’s EFAP provides confidential counselling and work-life consultations to eligible UBC faculty, staff and their dependents. EFAP counseling services can be accessed by calling the Shepell Care Access Centre, 24/7, at 1-800-387-4765.
Counselling services include but are not limited to issues related to:
- Personal/emotional(stress, anxiety, depression);
- Couple/relationship(communication, separation/divorce);
- Family(parenting, elder care);
- Work (workplace violence/harassment and conflicts); and
UBC staff, faculty and dependants have many ways to get help today, all completely confidential. Review the services available here and use the icons under Get in Touch to book your service anytime, anywhere.
If you have questions about the UBC EFAP or Shepell, contact Melissa Lafrance, Health and Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Health Benefit Plan
Don’t forget to get the most of your UBC benefits this December by reviewing your Extended Health Benefit Plan.
The plan is designed to help promote the continued health and wellbeing of UBC staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services that are beyond the scope of coverage of BC’s Medical Service Plan.
Want to learn more?
Learn things you should know about your travel benefits coverage before you go on vacation.
If you have questions about your UBC Extended Health benefits, contact UBC Benefits.
By Miranda Massie on October 5, 2016
How do you celebrate the fall? A walk through crunchy leaves or perhaps by curling up with a good book? Maybe hauling out your favourite fuzzy scarf, or by ordering as many pumpkin spice lattes as you can?
As social beings, we crave connections and interactions with others, but the change in weather around this time of year, coupled with shortening days, can sometimes lead us to recede into the warmth of our homes to hibernate.
Spending some quality time in solitude is a great way to recharge and relax, but too much can leave us feeling lonely, isolated and out of touch.
Here are our top six reasons to stay connected this fall:
- Improve your thinking: We are more likely to think in positive and empowering ways when we have meaningful connections with others.
- Be proactive: Social support, and associated boost in self-esteem are protective factors against life’s stresses.
- Live longer: Being emotionally supported by others leads to improvements in physical health and longevity.
- Boost self-esteem: Social support impacts self-esteem. Higher self-esteem is associated with lower levels of anxiety, depression and distress.
- Find satisfaction: Self-esteem is also associated with higher levels of overall life satisfaction and happiness.
- Get well: Allowing yourself to seek support and help during stressful times can improve a person’s health and wellbeing.
This month, as the days grow shorter and we start to bundle up against the cold and impending rain, I invite you to spend some time re-invigorating your connections with others.
Need a place to start? October is Healthy Workplace Month. Think about how you can create supportive environments by nurturing your relationships and connections across campus.
All my best,
By Colin Hearne on March 3, 2015
This month’s Thriving Faculty interview features Dr. Grace Lee from UBC’s Department Of Medicine, Division of Neurology
Thriving Faculty is a regular column highlighting UBC Faculty who exemplify integration of health and wellbeing into their classrooms, research, departments and communities. Thriving Faculty support others in their health and wellbeing, in addition to making a commitment to their own self-care. This column highlights personal and professional stories of Thriving Faculty.
Q: What are central challenges you face in your role as Faculty?
The central challenges I face include two dimensions. The first is dealing with my perception of time. I find that time is an ocean of possibility with no set structures or destinations that await. I have to choose to give meaning and direction to every milestone of my journey. While this choice is empowering most times, it can also be scary.
The second dimension of my challenge is accepting that knowledge and talent are not everything. Working with people is more important and equally challenging in many ways. I believe it is critical to build and maintain healthy relationships with others and to adopt an ‘office culture’ that is conductive to supporting the success of the organization and its people.
Q: Based on your experiences, please describe the relationship between student mental health & wellbeing and learning?
I have taught a number of seminars on how the brain has a central role in the stress response. We all face stressors that take up our time, energy, and mental capacities. We respond to our brain’s perception of those stressors with behavioral and social coping responses, which include activities that provide emotional relief and restore our sense of control over a given stressor. Facing failures is an example of a stressful experience. Adopting healthy ways overcome stressful experience can lead to growth and learning that promote future resiliency. The outcome of this is that failure can be seen as an achievement in itself.
Q: Do you implement any strategies to support student mental health and wellbeing in the classroom/lab?
In my capacity at UBC, I enjoy staying connected to the academic community. As President of the UBC Postdoctoral Association during this past year (at the time of this writing), I enjoy reaching out to the postdoctoral community and envisioning ways to meet their professional needs to help them become successful upcoming leaders. I always make myself available to meet with others who request some of my time and listen to their stories about the challenges they face or their aspirations for the future. And if I see a way I can help them, I will always extend a helping hand. I have many ideas on how to increase postdoctoral engagement on campus, and I collaborate with staff and faculty from various departments to achieve this goal. I am always excited about creating opportunities to network and make connections with different people from various interests in fields other than my own. My wide-ranging experiences help me relate to people who come from various backgrounds and have taught me to empathize more and judge less.
Q: Please describe the role of your own mental health and wellbeing in your teaching, research and service to the community?
I incorporate a balance between active and inactive phases of each day. Because of the nature of my work, I might spend much time sitting. I have an adjustable platform on my desk that allows me transform my work station to either a sitting or a standing desk. I have an app that reminds me to break the cycle of being seated for the majority of my work day. I also wear a wireless activity tracking device that measures the number of steps I take during the day and my quality of sleep. It has made me more cognizant of ways I can be more active during my work day. Exercise is a positive coping response to stress. I value dedicating a portion of my day to a challenging workout regimen. It clears my mind and resets my thoughts. My own mental wellbeing is very important to my teaching, research, and my service to the community because it gives me clarity about how I react to stress or failure. It also allows me to be mindful of my psychological health, to build a healthy emotional resilience, and to feel empowered to overcome failure. Then I can truly be in a better position to help others and to speak about my experiences with the hopes of empowering others as well.
Q: What strategies do you use in your own life, that help you thrive as Faculty?
During any negative or uncomfortable situation, I try to remind myself that even this will pass. It may not always be possible to make the best of all situations at that moment, but it helps to have someone to unwind with in the aftermath of a negative event. The important step for me is to acknowledge my tendency to magnify negative experiences and to make proactive strides to interrupt this process before it becomes a destructive habit.
Q: In your role as faculty, please describe your experience balancing work-life commitments? Is there a metaphor that depicts this relationship?
I base my definition of a good work-life balance on the life I desire to live. That said, I don’t think I can define a clear line between work and life. Instead, I adopt a point of view that as long as I feel I am living an inspired life driven by my passions, then I don’t feel as though I am really doing work.
Dr. Grace Lee has a PhD in neuroscience from UBC focusing on neurodegenerative disease and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC with a certification in health care ethics from the University of Washington. She is a lifelong learner and entrepreneur. Connect with her and see more about her experiences at drgracelee.ca.
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By Miranda Massie on October 1, 2014
I am a person who likes options. I savour the enjoyment that comes from sampling a variety of dishes when eating out with friends. I have a cupboard at home filled with more variations of green tea than most people know exist. I keep more than three thousand songs on my phone at any given time, just in case I’m in the mood to listen to something specific.
Perhaps this comes from a childhood spent pouring over “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, or more likely it stems from a fear of missing out on something exciting. Regardless of the reason, I like to explore my options and ultimately select the meal, item, situation or path that is the best choice for me at the time.
The more work that I do at UBC around mental health and wellbeing, the more I think about the concept of community. What defines communities? Are they created with intention, or do they happen organically? What can we as individuals do to connect with the people around us and the environment in which we live and work?
5 ideas for building community at UBC
1) Schedule a social meeting. Far too often we meet with colleagues, discuss the issues at hand then hurriedly part ways without leaving ourselves time to connect on a social or personal level. Try adding 10 minutes to the end of your next meeting to chat with your colleagues about their most recent vacation, their family or their latest work project.
2) Join in. Join a class, leisure activity or committee that interests you. This will provide a new group of people with whom to interact and you are sure to already have interests in common.
3) Use children or pets as a way to connect. I know a number of new parents who have created wonderful and supportive communities as a result of chatting with other parents at the park, daycare or classes. You can try the same thing at the dog park or the beach with your pets.
4) Get friendly with your surroundings. Research shows that exposure and familiarity with our surroundings leads to increased feelings of safety and social connection. Knowing the ins and outs of the campus a bit more can help us feel connected to our physical space. (Zajonc, 2001)
5) Reach out when in need. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable or asking for assistance can be daunting, yet we all know how great it feels to help others. Next time you need support, express that to someone else and it might bring you closer to those around you.
Check out UBC’s Community Engagement Initiative for more ideas.
This month, I invite you to build your own community on campus and to choose the path that suits you the best; whether through involvement, learning, wellbeing, leisure, or a smorgasbord of other options.
We work together at UBC and some of us also live within these gates, and we will be better served and able to better serve others if we start to reimagine ourselves as being part of a supportive and caring set of communities.
Zajonc, R.B. (2001). Mere exposure: A gateway to the subliminal. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 224–228.
By Colin Hearne on December 3, 2013
We hear so much about holiday stress that it can be easy to lose sight of what the holidays really should be: fun, joyful, and a little bit magical. A strong focus should also rest on what Larry Culliford, author and psychologist, defines as ‘your adventure playground’… ‘a place to learn in and have fun’ and ‘a place in which to extend and grow’ – Your Spirituality.
When speaking of spirituality, it is not ideal to consider spirituality as a thing or an object. It is better thought of as a boundary-less dimension of human experience. Spirituality is not tied to any particular religious belief or tradition, although culture and beliefs can play a part in it. Every person has their own unique spiritual experience or beliefs, but regardless of our individuality and unique approach, one factor of spirituality that we can’t ignore is the need for connectivity. Separateness is an illusion. Everything is interrelated. This holiday season, the message is ‘connect’. Connect with others, connect with your environment, and connect with you.
The Importance of Connecting
Lots of research has been done on social connections and the implications of having too little.
- In 2012, researchers from UC Los Angeles looked at what genes were being expressed in lonely and socially-integrated people and found that people who feel socially isolated or detached, or experience a chronic threat of social losses, experience more inflammatory related problems such as arthritis and an overall poorer immune system
- Also, in 1995 researchers found that low social connections are generally associated with declines in physical and psychological health, as well as a higher propensity to the antisocial behavior that leads to further isolation.
- Finally, a 2010 brain imaging study led by researchers at the University of Michigan suggests that social rejection can activate the same parts of the as during physical pain.
Connect To Thrive
This holiday season, make it your priority to become more spiritual and to connect, using the below tips:
- Go outside– Don’t let the beauty of this time of year go unnoticed. Snowy days, crisp air, and outdoor activities like walking, skiing or ice skating are all reminders of the enchantment of the season. Take a few moments to get outside and reconnect with your surroundings.
- Take care of your health: The holiday season can be a real stress on your mind and body. Ensure you get the sleep and exercise you need to make it to the New Year. Don’t skip meals, and try to eat a balanced diet. Remember: it’s easier to get into a festive mood when you’re well-rested and not under the weather.
- Get together: It’s good to socialize at this time of year. The flurry of activity around mixing and mingling can take your mind off the shorter days, colder temperatures and stresses of life. Accept invitations from friends and family members, And why not consider extending a few of your own?
- Appreciate the good things in life: During exhaustingly busy times, you may wonder what the effort is all for. Every now and then, it’s important to sit down, put aside the difficulties and stresses of life, and reflect on the things that you do have. By focusing on the good things, you not only gain an important bit of perspective, but will draw more positive energy towards you.
- Read a book: Reading is a brilliant way to relax, de-stress, and connect with yourself. Psychologists believe this is because the mind has to concentrate on reading, and the distraction of being drawn in to a literary world eases tensions in muscles and the heart.
- Remember to breathe: Some consider breathing to be the most important of all the bodily functions, because everything depends upon it. Life is dependent upon breathing. Breath is life. Yet, most people are unconscious of their breathing and take it for granted. Click here for more information on becoming more breath aware.
“Oh the things you can find If you don’t stay behind.” – Dr Seuss
Make December the month where you make your spirituality and connectedness a priority –take the first step by attending ‘Stress Busters 2’ on Dec. 19, 2013, 12-1pm in Henry Angus Building, Room 254. In this talk, explore your personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a natural part of your everyday life with. To register click here.