By Melissa Lafrance on October 25, 2016
Time to dig out your flannel jammies, rain boots, and scarves: Winter is coming. Let’s look on the bright side: at least we don’t get wallops of snow like the east coast does for four months of the year. On the west coast and lower mainland, we get the rainy season, which can be pleasant if we make the most of it. Research has shown that gratitude increases overall wellbeing so, let’s look at a few things we can be grateful and cheerful for this November.
Benefit from the Mindfulness@Work Program starting November 7
This six-week, in-person and highly beneficial program focuses on integrating mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication and has many more personal and professional benefits. The enrolment fee is $100, and UBC staff and faculty can access professional development funds to cover the cost.
The program begins November 7, with a second cohort starting in April 2017. Limited spaces are available, so register now!
You’re Invited to Thrive at UBC, Oct 31 – Nov 4 (and onwards)
Thrive is a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health and reducing stigma.
Check out our New Website!
To reflect the new approach UBC is taking towards health and wellbeing, we have a new and improved site for faculty and staff to access details about their UBC benefits, and ways to be healthy at work and in your personal lives. Check it out at www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits. Learn more about the new features of the new website.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov 6, 2016
Mornings will be brighter and we gain an hour! Don’t forget to turn your clocks backward 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Learn more.
Grow Your Mo during Movember!
Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache-growing charity event held during November each year to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Each year, brave and selfless individuals from around the world come together as one and stand side by side, united in a commitment to fine moustachery and to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives. Join the movement for men’s health.
Get Your Blood Flowing and Enjoy Nature by Walking
The crisp weather won’t chill your bones, because you’ll be warming up with exercise! Get outside and love this beautiful month! Click here for a list of active walking groups and walking related activities at UBC. All groups and activities welcome newcomers and participants of all abilities.
Cook Comforting Foods with Fall Produce
Savour fall flavours with cozy recipes (link to recipes article) using the fantastic array of fall produce!
Explore Other Offerings at UBC
November means the start of ice skating season! UBC Recreation’s ice-based programs include hockey and skating lessons for youth and adults. Rec also offers drop-in sessions of public skating, figure skating, hockey, and stick & puck. Their dynamic range of hockey and skating programming can accommodate people of all ages and skill levels. Whether it’s your first time on the ice, or you’re looking to refresh your hockey skills, they have a program for you!
If you need more ideas to stay busy this November, check out Tourism Vancouver’s top ten fall activities.