By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2017
Fitting in time for our physical fitness is important, but sometimes we can forget one of the biggest and most important muscles in our body: the mind. This month, in honour of UBC Thrive, we offer tips and suggestions for keeping your brain fit, as well as your body.
Week 1: Listen away your stress
Sound therapists and researchers have created a custom eight-minute piece of music specifically designed to reduce stress and anxiety by lowering heart rate, blood pressure and the stress hormone known as cortisol. Listen here:
Visit one of the many thriving spaces and places on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Examples include Fairview Square, Wreck Beach and the Museum of Anthropology. You can also check out these additional hidden gems you may not have heard about.
Week 3: Increase neural pathways
Activities that engage both hemispheres of the brain help promote new and existing neural pathways. Follow along and try this Ear and Nose Brain Break or watch it below:
Week 4: Digital detox
Whether it’s for five minutes at the dinner table or a whole day, taking time away from electronic devices is key to keeping our brains happy. Try the Greatist.com’s 7-Day Digital Detox for Real People or discover their free tools to save your eyes from digital eye strain.
Interested in learning more? Read Scientific American’s “Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime
Photo credit: Tirthankar Gupta (Flickr)
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By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2016
The summer is a wonderful time to take advantage of our outdoor spaces on campus. Looking for a quiet place to sit and socialize? Or perhaps an urban retreat for a little informal meditation or mindfulness?
Here are some hidden gems on campus to leave your mind refreshed and relaxed:
Week 1: The arbour at the UBC Botanical Gardens
Shaded and cool, this beautiful green space is just one of the many you can find here. Plus, it’s free for UBC staff and faculty!
Week 2 : The Maltese Labyrinth at the Vancouver School of Theology at UBC
Unlike a maze, the purpose of a labyrinth is to allow time and space for contemplation, reflection, meditation or prayer while following the path. Read more about how to walk a labyrinth for meditation here.
Week 3: The UBC Hospital Waterfall
Be honest, did you even know this existed? We didn’t, but are sure to be spending lots of quality time in this urban oasis in the future. Located on Health Sciences Mall, tucked between the Biomedical Research Centre and Koerner Pavilion.
Week 4: The rooftop garden at The Nest
Not only does this space have a unique vantage point to the rest of the campus, but it offers a variety of seating options, a rooftop vegetable garden and calming water features.