By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2019
Recent life events have reminded me of just how fragile our health can be. It is something we often take for granted, until it fails us in some way. These setbacks can leave us feeling betrayed by the very vessel that is supposed to protect and sustain us.
Sometime we don’t want to move. Sometimes we can’t. Sometimes it hurts. And sometimes, our minds are focused on other things. It can be easy to focus on all of the things that are going wrong, and not leave space for what might be going right.
Regardless of where we are in our individual journeys towards health, there are lots of ways to spark inspiration and progress. Below is a diverse list of ideas to prompt some acts of love for our bodies and minds.
- Try 20-Body Positive Affirmations (Popsugar Fitness)
- Take a Virtual Health Check-up (UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits)
- Use a stretch prompter recommended by UBC Ergonomics or download a break reminder like Stretch Clock, Stand up! or Workrave.
- Wear Your Active Wear on February 28
- Connect physically with others (The Guardian)
This month, I encourage you to find a way to show your body some love. Try focusing on the parts of your body that you love instead of loathe. Perhaps change your routine to allow for more sleep. Maybe book a check-up or a massage. You might indulge in your favourite foods.
However you go about it, aiming a little gratitude towards your body can go a long way to supporting your physical and emotional health.
All my best,
By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
This month’s feature:
With the demands we all have on our time from teaching, work, research and family needs, UBC knows it’s not easy to hit the gym every day. There are lots of different ways you can exercise instead! Whatever you can fit into your day is a great start to get moving: long walks, short sprints, commuting by bike – but most importantly, getting up from your desk and sitting less is a great start.
Research shows that moving more and sitting less can improve your mental and physical health, which helps you feel good and reduces the risk factors for preventable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Find out why it’s important to start tackling the ‘sitting disease’ and explore how you can stay committed to moving more with #MoveUBC this month and don’t forget to Wear Your Active Wear on February 28!
Other Events and Activities
Join the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Wesbrook Village. Experience a traditional lion dance and cultural performances, tea tasting, calligraphy, crafts, and leave with a red envelope!
Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre: Starting Feb 8
Start the New Year off with free yoga and Pilates with your colleagues.
Join us on Wednesday mornings in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre for some Pilates stretching and strengthening 7:30-8:20am.
Visit on Fridays (starting Feb. 3) for yoga classes from 12:05-12:50pm in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom on the 2nd floor.
Free – open to UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Join Dr. Eli Puterman, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, to explore the damaging impact chronic stress can have on the aging of our minds and bodies, deep into our cells, and learn how movement can mitigate these effects.
Pink Shirt Day: Feb. 22
Take a stand against bullying and wear a pink in support of kindness and acceptance in schools, at work and in your communities.
UBC Recreation Open House: Feb. 24, 12-2pm
UBC staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend an open house! This interactive afternoon will include a tour of the new aquatic centre, games, free fitness classes, food, prizes, and an exclusive opportunity to register children for UBC Summer Camps. Click here for full details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the last day of MoveUBC, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move! Leave behind those high heels, restrictive ties, skirts and tight pants that can keep you from maintaining your wellbeing!
Pick up a sticker at any of the MoveUBC events and sport it on February 28th to help explain why you’re in your active wear.
For those staff with required uniforms, safety clothing or shoes/boots, we encourage you to have a discussion with your supervisors and colleagues to see how you might be able to adapt these requirements, so that you can move easily throughout your day, while still maintaining safety protocol and professionalism.
Immerse yourself in a classic Northwest Legend featuring incredible and original illustrations by world-renowned printmaker, painter, carver, author, Roy Henry Vickers.
In Peace Dancer, Vickers shares the Legend from his village of Kitkatla, BC; it is the story of The Flood. Sharing this story is more relevant to the world right now than ever before. Click here to register.
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By Colin Hearne on February 4, 2015
Due to Valentine’s Day, many of us recognise February as a relationship wellness month. However, Feb. 14 should not be the only opportunity to show your love for family, friends, and yourself. Through UBC‘s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Homewood Health, the new counselling service Relationship Solutions is available to support you in taking a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships – and ultimately making bonds, romantic and otherwise, healthier all year round.
Relationship Solutions is offered through the EFAP Plan Smart – Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling Services. This service provides you with information, resources and coaching and can help you take a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships with loved ones.
Relationship Solutions can help you with the following situations:
- Need help communicating with loved ones? Learn the importance of communication, honesty and forgiveness.
- Want to get the spark back? Learn how to keep your relationship fresh.
- Juggling kids, work, and your love life? Today’s couples are busy. Find out tips on how to make time for each other.
- Need help resolving couple conflict? Learn how to work out differences constructively, and how to appreciate and communicate each other’s point of view.
You will receive a Relationship Solutions Resource Kit that includes:
- A two-part educational workbook with information on how to enhance communication and a series of exercises designed to encourage you and your partner to re-engage with each other.
- A relationship self-help book, focused on improving relationship communication and resolving conflict.
- Other tools to support behaviour change in a fun and meaningful way.
This service is delivered by a Homewood Health relationship counsellor and is delivered over the telephone. Typically, the service includes two telephone sessions. If you require more counselling support, Homewood Health can arrange for face-to-face counselling with you and/or your partner.
Want to know more?
For more information on Relationship Solutions or UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact Colin Hearne, Health & Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
Remember: if you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the challenges you face in life, you can easily access counselling (face-to- face, over the phone, or online) from Homewood Health. Visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142.
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