By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2017
This month’s feature:
October 30-November 3: Thrive Week 2017
Thrive is an annual, University-wide initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Join the UBC community by participating in a series of engaging and diverse events, activities and experiences. Visit the full events calendar for details and find new ways to build your positive mental health each and every day.
Highlights in Vancouver include:
- Thrive Kick-off (Oct. 30)
- #LetsThriveUBC social media challenge (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
- Natural Wellness Garden Tours (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
- Staff & Faculty Pop-up Wellness Lounge (Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
- Relaxation Techniques to Help you Thrive (Nov. 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
- UBC’s Largest Zumba (Nov. 3)
Click here for a list of Okanagan events.
Other Events and Activities
October 31- November 9: Flu Clinics
Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu shot is your best protection against the flu bug. Mark the 2017 clinic dates into your calendar now. The clinics operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
November 3: United Way Stretch for a Cause
Support UBC’s United Way Campaign by attending this noon-hour yoga class. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to the United Way. Don’t miss out on door prizes provided by HotBox Yoga!
November 8: Kinesiology Distinguished Speaker Series
This session entitled, “Action, perception and cognition: a movement psychological perspective”, features Professor Rouwen Cañal-Bruland of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany.
November 9: Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Sue Frantz
Dr. Sue Frantz discusses learning enhancement, particularly the role that educational technologies play in the classroom.
November 17: UBC Choir Fest
Presented by the UBC School of Music, this aural presentation features the University Singers and the UBC Choral Union and culminates in a finale of 400+ voices.
November 19: The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving (Exhibition Opening)
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the unique design of Salish blankets up close, and to learn the rich history and significance of weaving in this region. Runs through April 2018.
November 25: 20 Years of Brain Health – An Anniversary Symposium
Commemorate 20 years of neuroscience research and brain health discovery at UBC. Meet and mingle with the UBC neuroscience community, including our fascinating faculty, students, staff and alumni, and enjoy special presentations from keynote speakers Dr. Karl Deisseroth and Dr. Catherine Malabou.
Photo credit: UBC Thrive
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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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