By Miranda Massie on June 5, 2018
This Month’s Feature:
June 21: UBC Staff Pension Fair
Other Events and Activities:
Now-June 13: Call for QPR Instructors – Applications Open
Now-July 4: Yoga on the Mall
June 6: Doughgirls Summer Harvest Baking
June 12: Leading with Emotional Intelligence (for Postdocs and Grad students)
June 16: Garden Days Grow Green Guide Tour (UBC Botanical Garden)
June 21: Special Solstice Opening – Beginning with the Seventies Radial Change (Belkin Art Gallery)
Photo Credit: Community Development (UBC Campus and Community Planning)
By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! November marks the start of UBC Thrive on campus (the eighth year to be exact) and the culmination of six months of planning for our small-but-mighty Thrive Committee.
The goal of Thrive is to encourage staff, faculty and students to find small and manageable ways to build positive mental health skills every day. It can be challenging to stay resilient in the face of life’s challenges but we all have the ability to improve our mental health. Thrive’s events and activities aim to help everyone build skills and learn about resources that promote mental health.
You can find a full list of the week’s events here but I wanted to highlight some key ways that you can get involved:
Attend the Thrive Kick-Off Celebration: Drop by the square outside the bookstore on October 31 from 8:30am-11:30am for free drinks, stress balls, snacks, live music and more.
*Special highlight* Join Professor Ono at 9:45am as UBC becomes one of the first universities in the world to formally commit to university-wide health and wellbeing by signing the Okanagan Charter.
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class: Join us on Nov. 4 for this free lunch-hour fitness class hosted by UBC Recreation. Short Zumba sessions will be running every 15 minutes along with other activities, snacks and more!
Take the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge: Unable to make one of the events? Participate in the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge from anywhere by posting the ways that you thrive each day of the week. Click here for full challenge details.
Ultimately, building positive mental health is about supporting those around us in making small changes, working to reduce stigma around mental illness and by trying something new for your mental health today.
Here are some other ideas that you can try right now!
5 Ways To Beat Stress This Week
1) Watch this 3 minute TED talk: “Try something new for 30 days”
2) Take 5: Take a deep breath in through your nose as you count to five. Release the breath through your mouth as you count to five. Repeat this exercise five times to re-focus, calm nerves or for a short mental break.
3) Make a quick gratitude list: Grab a post it and make a list of 4-6 things or people for which you are grateful. Expressing gratitude and thanks can produce a wealth of health benefits.
4) Take a free online resilience course: com has a wealth of online learning modules, including topics like managing stress, mindfulness and resilience. Try watching one lesson each day and you will be done in no time!
5) Get up and stretch: Take a 30 second stretch break or try one of the following stretches to get your blood flowing and to give your eyes a rest.
This month I encourage you to try one new thing to beat stress and boost your ability to take on new challenges.
All my best,
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By Miranda Massie on October 6, 2015
Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff, faculty and students.
“Thriving, to me, is doing what makes me happy.”
This means a combination of incorporating what I already know and love into daily life (from big things like a job that inspires me, to little things like a favourite flavoured latte) as well as constantly trying new things.
How do you Thrive at work?
To keep energized through the day at work, I try to include as much physical activity as possible, eat regular healthy snacks, minimize the time I spend sitting and regularly try new things.
Physical activity doesn’t have to involve large time commitments and copious amounts of sweating. There are lots of small ways I’ve found to increase activity on a daily basis that are easy to incorporate and can really add up: Getting off the bus a few stops early or choosing a distant parking lot and power walking the rest of the way into the office; scheduling walking meetings with colleagues; walking down the hall to talk to colleagues rather than using the phone or just firing off another email; and always taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
Our rainy climate can often be a barrier to people getting out to enjoy the physical beauty of the UBC campus and surrounding beaches and trails. Being a born and bred BC girl, I was brought up to believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing! So I keep a folding umbrella in my bag, a change of shoes in my office, and invest in a good rain jacket.
For me, the key to healthy eating is to never let myself get so hungry that I’ll eat whatever’s in front of me! To stay well-fuelled, I keep my car, office and work bag well stocked with non-perishable healthy snacks and eat at regular intervals. My colleagues all know that I’m a die-hard chocoholic (and not ashamed to admit it) but I keep my daily fixes small(ish) – and thank all the recent scientific studies that make it sound like chocolate is fast becoming the new blueberry of superfoods!
For the inevitable hours I do spend in front of the computer, I use a standing desk and take regular breaks. On the days where lots of meetings lead to hours of sitting, I try to squeeze short bursts of activity into whatever time I do have between meetings: Sometimes it means just a quick walk up and down the hallway, or sometimes it means taking a longer route back to my building to get in a few extra minutes of power walking. I also aim to always stand when talking on the phone.
Trying new things can be a great way to infuse enthusiasm into the daily work routine. While I love to attend events or test out one of the many wonderful classes that are offered around campus, time doesn’t always permit this. So on a daily basis, my quest for change often involves something as small as walking a different route to the bus loop, sampling a new flavor of tea or eating a different thing for lunch every day.
How do you Thrive at home?
At home, I combine my daily goals of exercise and healthy eating with friends and family and outdoor time as much as possible. My two children, through the boundless enthusiasm and energy inherent in a 2- and 5-year-old, ensure that my fear of spending too much time sitting is completely eradicated! We try to leave our car at home and walk to the local stores, bike to the farmer’s market or take a bus to a friend’s house. I love to cook and am l passionate about gardening, which is a lucky combination! Hiking and walking tend to be my activities of choice, but I turned 40 this month so decided to step it up a notch and started running. I’m unlikely to be running marathons by the time I’m 50, but I am (somewhat to my surprise) looking forward to a 10km run in a couple of weeks’ time.
Maija Norman is the Administrative Manager in the Department of Asian Studies. After completing her BA in Modern Languages at Concordia University in Montreal, Maija worked and travelled around the world for a number of years before coming to Vancouver in 2002. Planning to stay only a few weeks to visit friends and family and earn some travel money, she accepted a four-week Staff Finders placement in Asian Studies. Thirteen years later, Maija continues to be inspired by the people she works with at Asian Studies and the opportunities that are available to staff at UBC, still enjoys travelling, lives happily with her husband and two kids in North Vancouver, and thanks UBC Staff Finders for the opportunity that set this all in motion!
By Colin Hearne on June 3, 2015
This month we are featuring Social Psychology PhD candidate Ashley Whillans. Ashley was recently recognized as the lead author of a study focusing on how having a “time is money” attitude can be a barrier to acting in environmentally friendly ways. It struck a cord with us at Healthy UBC, and prompted an invitation to become the first Thriving Graduate Student!
Thriving Faculty exemplify the integration of health and wellbeing into classrooms, research, departments and communities.
What central challenges do you face in your role as a PhD student?
As a PhD student working in two highly productive research labs, the biggest challenges I face are related to deadlines. In research, there are often many speed-bumps. I am constantly trying to balance multiple deadlines, while keeping enough slack in my schedule to deal with delays and (of course!) to make time for friends, family, and fun (I’m getting married in August, so there has been a lot of fun the last few months!). I am always working on time management – i.e., figuring out how to maximize productivity, while minimizing hours spent at my computer.
Based on your experiences, can you describe the relationship between student mental health, and wellbeing and learning?
I am a first-generation university student. When I graduate with my PhD, I will have three more degrees than anyone in my family! In second year of undergrad, I transferred from Douglas College to UBC. I remember feeling overwhelmed: The classes were huge, the coursework was demanding, and I worked part-time to pay rent. I struggled to feel like I fit in. It wasn’t until I became involved outside of the classroom that I started to excel. Extracurricular involvement made me feel part of the university experience and gave me a place to belong. I can say first-hand that social connection can motivate students not only to learn in class, but also to learn from and explore all of the unique and exciting opportunities that university has to offer.
Do you implement any strategies to support student mental health and wellbeing in the classroom/lab?
I work with a lot of undergraduate research assistants: they are our lab superheroes! To support the mental health and well-being of the students that I work with, I try my best to implement two empirically based strategies: (1) Fostering social connection and (2) Discussing challenges.
(1) Social connections are important! Having quality social connections is one of the most important factors in determining well-being. Because lab work can be quite solitary, I try to foster connections by hosting sushi lunches and going out for adventurous meals. These activities help to build a sense of community and friendship. Then, if there is a problem or there is a stressful time of the semester, we all have a “lab family” to turn to. I am a huge fan of the social media site “Humans of New York,” and there was a recent post that very nicely sums up this strategy: “I want [my students] to know that I cared about them before there was a problem.”
(2) We often think that other people are doing better than we are. My own research with UBC Assistant Professor Frances Chen suggests that most students believe that their peers are more socially successful than they are, which negatively impacts belonging and well-being. These beliefs stem in part from the fact that people act happier in public than in private and because people do not readily talk about their negative experiences. In other words, from a distance, everyone’s life seems rosier than it actually is! Many students look up to their graduate student and faculty advisors—it is even easy for me to forget that professors are humans too! Thus, I feel it is my responsibility to let students know I am constantly in a process of trying and failing in all areas of my life— from running studies to trying to fit in a few hours to jog around block. Science and life aren’t always as perfect as they seem from the outside! By being honest, I hope to create an open environment where it is acceptable to talk about both our successes and our failures.
What strategies do you use in your own life, that help you thrive as PhD student?
When I’m stuck and I feel like I’m not making progress, I take a break. I grab a friend and stroll the gardens at UBC, go for coffee, or spend time giggling with colleagues over the latest cute thing on the internet. Small breaks are refreshing, and make “work mountain” easier to climb!
Are they any specific initiatives and/or research you are involved in that promote physical and mental health and wellbeing?
Psychology is a large department and it can sometimes be difficult for students to find their academic home. UBC Professor Michael Souza and I are currently exploring novel ways to increase student engagement among new majors. Specifically, we are assigning new psychology majors to small “cohorts” lead by senior students. These cohorts meet once per month to discuss anything and everything from study habits, to post-grad careers, to managing exam stress. Students also attend events throughout the year, hosted by our department like skill-building workshops, and meet-your-professor events. We are very excited to enroll 200-300 students next year in this program, in hopes of making our large department feel smaller and more connected.
In your role as a PhD Student, please describe your experience balancing work-life commitments. Is there a metaphor that depicts this relationship?
Work-life balance is about being honest with yourself and with those around you. By reaching out, being authentic, building connections and forming learning communities, work becomes less like work, and a lot more like a natural extension of life.
Ashley Whillans completed her BA (Hons.) and her MA at UBC. As a PhD candidate in the Social Psychology program, she works primary with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn & Dr. Frances Chen to study happiness, friendship formation, and health. Read Ashley’s article on UBC News here.
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By Miranda Massie on February 4, 2015
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.-Helen Keller
I work on a remarkable campus with many remarkable people. I feel privileged have this opportunity and I often leave meetings thinking, “Wow, that person is really great at this” or “I am in awe of this person’s ability to do that…” This happened to me just the other day and then another thought popped into my head: “Isn’t it interesting that regularly I think these things to myself and then never actually share them with those colleagues?”
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday and I find myself disappointed. In years past, a highlight for me has been to write personal Valentines for my co-workers-a tradition I started on my second week of work at UBC in 2011. I make a trip to the store and pick up the paper Valentines with Elmo or Strawberry Shortcake on the front and drop them off at peoples desks (because who doesn’t like to get a Valentine!) It is something fun and silly that tends to make people smile and hopefully lets them know that they are appreciated.
Taking the time to do this in a professional setting is often overlooked. We are busy rushing from meeting to meeting, constantly juggling priorities without always having the time to connect on a personal level with our colleagues.
In an effort to make up for my inability to shower my colleagues with Valentines on February 14, I have decided instead to send a small number of personal gratitude Valentines. I am going to actually share with others what I admire about them, how I appreciate their work and how they provide me inspiration.
Last year, I wrote about How To Be Your Own Valentine.
Did you know that practicing gratitude actually has health benefits?
- Sharing our gratitude for others or taking time to reflect on what you are grateful for can have a positive effect on levels of happiness and pleasant emotions.
- If harnessed and used as a personal strength, this gratitude can lead to increased relational wellbeing, helping us feel more connected to others.
- In addition, the simple act of witnessing gratitude (by others or towards others) can have a motivating effect on our own behavior. It can lead to increased social awareness, higher likelihood to support others and can motivate us to emulate these qualities in ourselves.
This Valentine’s Day, in addition to recognizing romantic partners and loved ones, I invite you to reflect on your colleagues. Whom do you admire? Who provides you with professional inspiration? If you are able to make the time share your feelings of gratitude with them you both might just end up a bit healthier than when you started!
All my best,
Algoe, S. B., & Haidt, J. (2009) Witnessing excellence in action: the ‘other-praising’ emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration. The Journal of Positive Psychology 4 (2), 105-127.
Emmons, R. A., & Crumpler, C.A. (2000) Gratitude as a Human Strength: Appraising the Evidence. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 19(1), 56-69.
Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.
By Colin Hearne on July 3, 2014
Summer is the time when the outdoors beckons; we go to the beach in droves, have picnics, barbecues, paddle , fish and swim. Some hike, others bike, and many do both .But these good times in the outdoors are really an exception to the rule. The reality is most of us spend the vast majority of our time inside – with one estimate, reporting that the average North American spends 90% of his or her life inside. So with July in full swing, lets remind ourselves that being outdoors can be amazing – Here are five potential benefits of spending more time outdoors:
Your vitamin D levels will go up
Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because sunlight hitting the skin begins the circuitous process that eventually leads to the creation of the biologically active form of the vitamin. Over all, research is showing that many vitamins, while necessary, don’t have such great disease-fighting powers, but vitamin D may prove to be the exception. Epidemiologic studies are suggesting it may have protective effects against everything from osteoporosis to cancer to depression to heart attacks and stroke. More answers may come from randomized trials, such as the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL), which will enroll 20,000 healthy men and women to see if taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D or 1,000 mg of fish oil daily lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. In the meantime the good news is that you’ll make all the vitamin D you need if you get outside a few times a week during these summer days and expose your arms and legs for 10 to 15 minutes. Of course, it has to be sunny out.
You’ll get more exercise
You don’t need to be outside to be active: millions of people exercise indoors in gyms or at home on treadmills and elliptical trainers. Still, there’s no question that indoor living is associated with being sedentary while being outdoors is associated with activity. According to Canadian broadcast measurement and consumer behaviour data, Numeris, The average Canadian adult may watch 30 hours of television a week – time that is spent mainly indoors and sitting down. Adults can go to the gym. Many prefer the controlled environment there. But if you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking, biking, gardening, cleaning up the yard, and doing other things that put the body in motion.
You’ll be happier
UBC Psychology professor Mark Holder leads a research team that identifies factors that contribute to happiness in children such as temperament, social relations, and spirituality. His team also investigates strategies to enhance happiness in adults. According to Dr Holder ‘There is no one-size-fits-all strategy. What makes one person happy may not work for another person. However, those who are happier are people who interact with and appreciate beauty in nature; people who exercise, volunteer, and have hobbies’. Additionally, researchers at the University of Essex in England are advancing the notion that exercising in the presence of nature has added benefit, particularly for mental health. Their investigations into “green exercise,” as they are calling it, dovetails with research showing benefits from living in proximity to green, open spaces. In 2010 the English scientists reported results from a meta-analysis of their own studies that showed just five minutes of green exercise resulted in improvements in self-esteem and mood.
Your concentration will improve
Researchers have, in fact, reported that children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. Researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found that children with ADHD scored higher on a test of concentration after a walk through a park than after a walk through a residential neighborhood or downtown area.
You may heal faster
University of Pittsburgh researchers reported in 2005 that spinal surgery patients experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications during their recoveries if they were exposed to natural light. This is now also being addressed with the popularity of hospital gardens. Dismissed as peripheral to medical treatment for much of the 20th century, gardens are back in style, now featured in the design of most new hospitals. Much of this popularity has emerged from the research of psychologist Roger Ulrich, from the Texas A&M University. Ulrich and his team reviewed the medical records of people recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban Pennsylvania hospital. He found that patients with bedside windows looking out on leafy trees healed, on average, a day faster, needed significantly less pain medication and had fewer postsurgical complications than patients who instead saw a brick wall.
Your healthy outdoor lifestyle starts here! Attend a guided tour of UBC’s Botanical Gardens on July 20 @ 12.30pm. Click here for more information
By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
As the holiday season begins to sneak up upon us, so too does the inevitability of a dizzying array of demands. Parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining arrive on our doorsteps and can trigger stress and depression, derail your holidays and hurt your health. When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to take the time to stop and regroup.
Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. With practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays, and you may even enjoy the holidays more than you thought you could! So let the preparations begin, today.
Preventing holiday stress and depression
Here are 10 tips that the Canadian Mental Health Association recommends to help prevent holiday stress and depression:
1. Acknowledge your feelings: If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realise that it is normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
2. Reach out: If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. These events can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
3. Be realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect, or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
4. Set aside differences: Try to accept family and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. Be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
5. Stick to a budget: Before you begin you gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone’s name, give homemade gifts, or start a family gift exchange.
6. Plan ahead: Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. This will help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
7. Learn to say no: Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
8. Don’t abandon healthy habits: Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
9. Take a breather: Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
10. Seek professional help if you need it: Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into something you’re not” – Paulo Coelho
Make November the month where you make your mental health and happiness a priority –take the first step by attending Achieving Happiness on November 12, 2013, 12-1pm at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.
In this talk, Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at UBC’s Department of Psychology will explore a wide range of factors that contribute to happiness, from the obvious, such as having good relationships and good health, to the less obvious, such as the benefits of pro-social behavior and a focused mind.
By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
|Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Funding.This fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives. Application deadline is November 22nd at 4:30pm. Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding. Find out more.|
|November 5th 2013: Breast Cancer PreventionJoin Bonnie McCoy from the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in a Breast Cancer Prevention Education Session to learn how to prevent breast cancer. This interactive session will provide evidence-based information to help participants understand how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer through lifestyle changes. For more information on the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic visit www.breastcancerprevention.med.ubc.ca.|
|November 6th 2013: Stress BustersWhen stressors overwhelm us, we need effective techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, helping us to maximize our energy and performance.|
|November 7th 2013: Simple Meditation-Coping with Anxieties and WorriesThis workshop introduces meditation techniques complementary to cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and worries. Participants will be trained to take a step back from their own anxious reactions and will learn techniques to disengage from the sensations, thoughts and feelings associated anxiety, instead of trying to control or stop them. Meditation and creative visualization techniques are introduced to tame and disarm the sensations, thoughts and feelings of anxiety.|
|November 8th 2013: Fresh Air Farm Friday TourSituated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. In the midst of a city, this landscape offers an important bridge between the rural and the urban. Walk the 60-acre site of fields, forests and hedgerows! Visit Beehives, hoop houses, and greenhouses. See where the Farm Markets happen, walk through our educational Children’s Garden, and learn about Aboriginal Hub. Bring your picnic lunch if you’d like to eat after the tour. Remember to dress for the weather, including boots for wet grasses.|
|November 8th, 2013: Zumba-Thrive Wrap-up CelebrationThis year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting a large scale Zumba class with UBC Rec to wrap up the week of activities. Join us to have fun and get a bit of exercise while spending time with friends and colleagues. Participants will have the opportunity to experience elevated mood, clearer thinking and improved self-esteem. Physical activity is one of the largest preventive factors against chronic physical illness and, chronic conditions are a risk factor for poor mental health. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in this fun event. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided.|
|November 12th, 2013: Achieving HappinessHappiness is a topic of interest to many, and everyone has an opinion about what factors can bring them greater happiness. On Tuesday November 12th, join Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at the Department of Psychology, and explore the latest empirical evidence indicating which of our intuitions are right and also examine the factors that are associated with greater psychological wellbeing.|
|November 14 and 15th, 2013: Mental Health First Aid TrainingThe goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy in the community. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, or in a family member, a friend or a colleague. By the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, are able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Note: If you are not able to attend both sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate.|
|November 19th, 2013: Beyond Stigma-Understanding Mental Health in the WorkplaceIn today’s society, there still remains a lack of awareness and even sometimes bias related to mental health problems. This wellness session will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, as well as the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies available. Click here to register.|
|November 28th, 2013: Mindfulness in the WorkplaceResearch shows that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity and decreased in the workplace. Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, a reduction of insomnia and improved memory. Mindfulness Meditation not only reduces the harmful effects of stress but can increase your energy, productivity and enjoyment of everyday life. Join UBCs Health and Wellness Specialist Dr. Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to register.|
|Every Monday and Friday: PowerwalkingJoin your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. All abilities welcome. Mondays at 12:30pm and Fridays at 12:10pm outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). For more information email email@example.com or click here.|
|Every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: Meditation ClassesThe rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September until May. Click here for more information.|