By Melissa Lafrance on January 10, 2017
Faculty and Staff at UBC have the opportunity learn and practice mindfulness through two programs this spring:
1. Take the first steps to learning about mindfulness with the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge 6 – March 7, 2017.
Format: Online, 10 minutes a day. Suitable for everyone, especially those with no mindfulness experience or those looking for support in incorporating mindfulness into busy day-to-day life.
2. Go in-depth and further your practice with the Mindfulness@Work program April 10 – May 15, 2017.
Format: In-person and homework practice, 1.5 hours per week for six weeks. Suitable for everyone, especially those looking to expand their knowledge behind the science of mindfulness and its applicability in the workplace.
The 30-day Mindfulness Challenge is an innovative and evidence-based online training for UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. With 10 minutes a day for 30 days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work effectively in a team.
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Register for the Online Challenge Now until February 3!
- UBC Vancouver staff and faculty registration link
- Submit the $25 registration fee (cash, cheque payable to UBC Human Resources, or journal voucher to KPGK) to Melissa Lafrance, Human Resources, 600 – 6190 Agronomy Rd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3.
The six-week, in-person training program will run April, 2017. For those looking for a more in-depth mindfulness training, Mindfulness@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication.
- Delivers expert-led and evidence-based programming
- Content is delivered and classes are led by a mindfulness expert
- Learn and practice meditation and core Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
How it works:
- 5-10 minutes per day
- Online, anytime, any device
- 30 consecutive days
- $25 to join which includes participation of a buddy of your choice
Key Impact Areas:
- Health and wellbeing
- Leadership and resiliency
- Increased performance
- Teamwork and conflict resolution
Spring 2017 Program
Mondays, 9:00 – 10:15am: April 10, 18 (Tuesday), 24 & May 1, 8, 15
Retreat (mandatory): Saturday, May 6, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Register for Mindfulness@Work Program now until April 6!
- UBC Vancouver staff and faculty registration link
- Submit the $100 registration fee (cash, cheque payable to UBC Human Resources, or journal voucher to KPGK) to Melissa Lafrance, Human Resources, 600 – 6190 Agronomy Rd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
- Most staff & faculty have the option to access one of UBC’s professional development funding programsto cover the $100 registration fee. Learn more about PD funds here.
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By Guest Contributor on January 12, 2016
Guest contribution from Dr. Geoffrey Soloway
Mindful or Mindless?
Imagine coming home from a stressful day at work and your head is swimming with the day’s events. Who said what to whom, how you did or didn’t respond to a colleague, and what’s on your plate for tomorrow. Sound familiar? The problem with this scenario is that because you’re absorbed in these thoughts replaying the day, you’re not able to see what’s right in front of you. Did you notice the greeting you got from a pet or loved one? Did you enjoy or even really taste your dinner? Did you notice a family member wanting to tell you something but waiting to be asked? All of these moments make up our lives and they pass us by unless we’re in the moment and paying attention.
Living in the moment is not simply a nice catch phrase or philosophy, learning to be more mindful is a science of mind that has a measurable impact on the brain. There is a tremendous amount of evidence over the past 20 years demonstrating the benefits of training in mindfulness for physical and mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness is a form of mental exercise that, similar to physical exercise, becomes stronger with practice.
Faculty and Staff at UBC have the opportunity to exercise their mindfulness muscles with the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge. The Challenge is an online mindfulness training coming to UBC starting Feb 1, 2016. The Challenge can be accessed via any computer or mobile device, anytime, anywhere and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. Content is delivered through engaging videos, infographics, podcasts, and delivered on an innovative learning platform developed specifically for this training. According to Dr. Geoff Soloway, “We understand that in order for the training to stick, learners need opportunity to integrate new skills and habits in everyday life that rewire new neural pathways in the brain. That is why the 30 Day Challenge focuses on mindfulness-in-action.”
One central proposition of the Challenge is that you aren’t doing it alone. Each person will be asked to invite a buddy from outside the organization to complete the training with. The learning platform connects you with your buddy on a daily basis so you are learning together and motivating each other to stay on track. Just like a workout buddy, we view the 30 Day Challenge like a mental workout. After just 5-10 minutes a day, Dr. Soloway says participants and their buddies will be less stressed, more focused, better able to adapt to problems that arise as well as work better with others.
The 30 Day Challenge is perfect for people who work in high-stress jobs with long or irregular hours, time pressures and a lot of responsibility. The Challenge is a great first step for those new to mindfulness and even those who may be a bit resistant yet secretly curious. The Challenge runs for 30 consecutive days, yet life happens and you might miss a few days. Being successful is much more about how you live your life, and whether you are learning to make mindfulness a part of that — even for a few moments, every now and then.
To learn more about mindfulness and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, please attend a one hour information session:
January 12, 2016 -1:15pm-2:15pm (VGH/DHCC) Click here to register
January 13, 2016 – 12:30pm-1:30pm (Point Grey Campus) Click here to register
To secure a space in the 30-Day Challenge, payment ($25 Payable by cash, JV to KPGK or by cheque payable to UBC Human Resources) must be made at an orientation session or sent to UBC Human Resources (attn. Melissa Lafrance). Please note your preference for either the February 1 or March 14 start dates.
For more information on mindfulness, Dr. Geoff Soloway or the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, please visit www.mindwellcanada.com.
Follow us on Twitter at @MindWellMind and use hashtag #UBC30day to connect with fellow participants, ask questions and deepen your learning.
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By Colin Hearne on August 5, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of FREE activities and events for August and September. Sign up today for topics including Learn to Meditate Orientation, Are You Heart Healthy, Getting to Know Lynda.com and plenty more!
Are you interested in learning Photoshop, how to edit a video with iMovie, or in creating professional presentations? UBC faculty and staff employees have FREE access to lynda.com, a leading online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, technology; and creative and workplace business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Join Stephanie Thorpe and Cathy Faulconer from Human Resources in this workshop to discover how lynda.com’s features and online tutorials can support your ongoing learning goals. For more information and to register, click here.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in the final session of this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. At this last workshop in the series, we debrief the experience of making the connections, lessons learned, and how to recalibrate for success moving forward. For more information and to register, click here.
Starting in August 2015, UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff from UBCs Point Grey campus, Robson Square and Hospital Locations to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site). CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible. Click here for more information
This orientation session is a free opportunity to learn more about the Learn to Meditate Four-Week program offered to UBC employees, and have an opportunity to register for the sessions beginning in late 2015. Come to hear the benefits, differences and similarities of meditation and mindfulness, and how it can help you build your resiliency and reduces stress. The facilitator will share her story in developing her own meditation practice, and in bringing this meditation facilitation to others. Click here for more information and to register.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in the first session of this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. This lunch-n-learn workshop will talk about the Career Navigation @ UBC approach to enhancing your professional success. We will discuss an approach to help you discover your career strengths and enhance your career wellbeing and professional success. Click here for more information and to register.
Coming This Fall: Healthy UBC’s Three-Part Fall Digestive Health series with Dr. Thara Vayali
Part 1 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn to define proper digestion, understand why digestion has so much to do with your whole body health; and learn about the anatomy of the digestive system and how to discern your body’s weakest link. Attendees will also be able to take home four physical movements and lifestyle ideas to practice, that will assist the digestive system’s natural functions. Click here for more information and to register.
Part 2 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn the real deal behind bacterial balance, what probiotics can do (and can’t do) and whether probiotics are appropriate for you. Leave with four easy food ideas that promote bacterial health to incorporate into your diet over the next four weeks. Click here for more information and to register.
Part 3 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Learn the reasons behind how mood, food and digestion can affect each other, and how different types of fibre can assist with full-body health, with four simple diet & lifestyle ideas to achieve a blissful belly. Click here for more information and to register.
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