By Melissa Lafrance on October 5, 2016
Stress Release Three-part Series
Part 3: Stress Relief Techniques – October 5, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
The way we handle our stress depends on the stressor, the person and the situation,. Learn how to identify healthy and not-so-healthy ways to manage stressors as they arise, and leave with three simple at home lifestyle and workstyle changes that can help you streamline your stressors. For more information and to register, click here.
Positive Space Workshop – October 11, 2016 @ 12-2pm (Location: Robson Square)
The Positive Space Campaign is a campus-wide awareness and visibility initiative to make UBC more welcoming to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Queer students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies in all our working, learning and living environments. The facilitator of this workshop will review issues and resources for students, staff and faculty. Once they successfully complete the workshop, participants may choose to volunteer as Resource Persons. For more information and to register, click here.
Coaching@UBC Information Session – October 17, 2016 @ 12-1pm
Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2017 Coaching Internship Program. Coaching@UBC’s one-on-one professional coaching services is now 14 years old and over 1,500 UBC employees have accessed this award winning program. To meet increasing demand for coaching, UBC employees have an opportunity to become Credentialed Coaches with support from a Coaching Internship Award. For more information and to register, click here.
Career Navigation Three-part Series (Location: Point Grey)
Join UBCs Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal, in this three-part Career Navigation Series, to discover and design opportunities for your professional success to enhance your UBC career experience.
Part 1: Leading from Self to Success – October 20, 2016 @ 12-1pm
The Career Navigation at UBC approach will be discussed to enhance professional success. Participants will learn approaches to discover their career strengths and thereby enrich their career wellbeing and professional success. For more information and to register, click here.
Part 2: Making Meaningful Connections – January 12, 2017 @ 12-1pm
Part 3: Steps to Move Forward – February 9, 2017 @ 12-1pm
50/50 Yoga Pilates Class – October 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
All UBC staff & faculty are welcome to register and attend this free 50/50 Yoga Pilates class!
50/50 Yoga Pilates presents a cutting-edge Pilates workout that is designed to sculpt the body and strengthen the core. A 50/50 Yoga Pilates class consists of 50% standing Pilates work, which integrates Pilates principles into lower-body work, and 50% yoga mat work to strengthen the core with complementary exercises. Discover the unique combination of Pilates and yoga sequences to help sculpt, strengthen and stretch the body. For more information and to register, click here.
Understanding Your UBC Staff Pension Plan – October 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Robson Square)
This session is designed for both potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. Attend this session at Robson Square to learn about the Plan, pensions, and retirement considerations and options. For information and to register, click here.
Back by popular demand! Managing Your Money – October 26, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Creating a plan to manage your money is a sound way to achieve the goals you want in life, whether it be a house, travel, education or retirement. The quote, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” does apply to the process of managing personal finances. In this session, join Money Coach Melanie Buffel to learn to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a manageable budget. There will be additional information on saving to meet your financial needs and investing these savings. For information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial – October 26, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse, and monitor to promote neutral working postures. For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up this Fall…
Thrive Week (Oct 31-Nov 4)
By Colin Hearne on February 4, 2015
On Jan. 8, UBC Robson Square hosted its annual Health Day and we were there!
A big thank you goes to all of UBC’s Corporate Health, Fitness & Family Discount partners (who came with lots of freebies) as well as campus representatives. Stephanie from UBC Benefits, Susanna from UBC MOST and Abigail from UBC Ergonomics were there to represent Human Resources. Other campus partners included BodyWorks Fitness Centre, Kara from UBC Sustainability; Bonnie from the Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic; and last but not least the fantastic volunteers from UBC Nursing Studies!
Check out some more photos from the day here.
Interested in hosting your own Health Day? Contact Miranda Massie (email@example.com), Health Promotions Coordinator for more information.
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By Colin Hearne on December 4, 2014
This month features Cheyenne Parizeau, Business Operations Coordinator at UBC‘s Robson Square location.
Welcome to Thriving Campus – a new addition to our Healthy UBC Newsletter featuring, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences from UBC staff, faculty and students.
What strategies do you use in your personal life to help you thrive?
There are some days when I look at the day’s schedule – kids, mine, work, hubby’s, volunteering – and wonder how it can all possibly get done. We have a great number of activities that take us all over the city, all in the name of health and happiness. It can be a balancing act, and important for me to recognize when it tips into “over-scheduling”. There is no way that I can do it all – I’ve tried. I have learned that it isn’t healthy to live under the stress of getting to soccer and Brownies at the same time, nor is it even necessary.
I am extremely fortunate to have a tremendous community of friends and family who I can call on for assistance. Organization and reciprocal pickups/playdates have become a cornerstone of my life. In addition to attending to the details of our daily lives, it is even more important to find the time to simply ‘be present’ with my two growing daughters. Already eight and eleven, my eldest reminded me yesterday that it will only be five years until she gets her driver’s license. That is less than half the time I’ve known her, and far too soon in my mind! A nightly check-in has been very valuable in our relationship, and something we have come to rely on. Without outside distractions – iPhones, TVs, siblings… – that relatively small amount of time spent is precious to me.
Finally, ‘me’ time – ironically last on the list. Whether spending time with my monthly moms’ group, who have been an invaluable source of support and inspiration, or a date night with my husband, it is a time to relax, laugh and revive. Exercise, probably the easiest thing to excuse away, is so important in maintaining my serenity and sanity. As I write this, it seems to me that I thrive by celebrating all I have to be grateful for, living with intention, and my network of generous family and friends.
What strategies do you use in your work life to help you thrive?
UBC Robson Square is an extremely dynamic and diverse department and campus. We balance any number of events and activities along with our partners’ classes and have fine-tuned it over the years to a well-run machine. Because each day can present new projects, it can be challenging to complete that (sometimes rather long) to-do list I’ve put together. In order to thrive at Robson, I have drawn upon flexibility and able to work effectively through constant change. A learned ability to get back on task, go with the flow, ask for assistance, and maybe have a laugh along the way has helped me considerably. I am extremely fortunate to work with my colleagues at Robson.
We have a talented and amazing group of people here who are supportive and encourage self-improvement, whether through professional development, sage advice, or going on much-needed caffeine runs. Understanding and embracing my purpose at Robson has also contributed to my confidence and efficiency. Humour, flexibility and an ever-changing project list have been key to my ability to thrive within the UBC Robson Square environment. Working with an incredible crew is icing on the cupcake!
As Business Operations Coordinator, Cheyenne Parizeau is responsible for facility management, human resources as well as health and wellness initiatives at UBC Robson Square. UBC Robson Square hosts over 40,000 participants annually who attend adult educational programs, meetings, conferences and public seminars.
By Colin Hearne on October 29, 2014
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”
― Matthew Quick, the Silver Linings Playbook
The phrase silver lining has become the go-to cliché for any hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty. When something bad happens, it can seem like the end of the world. Every setback is a disaster, every mistake catastrophic, and it’s tempting to focus on difficulties and make them bigger than they really are. It is easy to imagine the worst and to despair because things seem impossible in our minds.
With November being the month of the inspirational Thrive for students, staff and faculty at UBC, here are eight ways to get in the spirit to find your silver lining and to roll with life’s punches.
- Meditate: An abundance of recent research reveals that people who meditate daily display more positive emotions that those who do not. In one particular study by Fredrickson et al., it was found that people who meditated daily display increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, and decreased illness symptoms.
- Be You: How boring would it be if we were all the same? Trying to live up to or exceed someone else’s personal best is a losing game. Focus on being the best you that you can be.
- Take an Online Course: Click hereto sign up for a range of self-paced, private, and personalized learning e-courses, from UBC’s EFAP provider Homewood Health, designed to improve personal health and well-being. Choose topics such as Responsible Optimism, Resilience, Taking Control of Stress, and more.
- Remember the Great Times: A study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, examined a group of 90 undergraduate students who were split into two groups. The first group wrote about an intensely positive experience each day for three consecutive days. The second group wrote about a control topic. Three months later, the students who wrote about positive experiences had better mood levels, fewer visits to the health center, and experienced fewer illnesses.
- Exercise consistently: At least 30 minutes of exercise several times a week, to strengthen muscles and to burn calories. Improve your physical strength, and you may feel a sense of empowerment that can dramatically enhance your self-esteem.
- Mood and Food: Pay attention to your food choices and nourish your body. Buy healthier foods and prepare well-balanced meals to help give you energy and feel like your best self – not sluggish and lethargic. Click here for some inspiration.
- Explore a passion: Whether it’s a side job, hobby, or a volunteer activity, pursuing your passion in even a small way can lead to a sense of purpose and significantly improve your overall happiness and quality of life.
- 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.
Silver Linings Playbook – Robson Square Thrive Movie Screening
Celebrate Thrive 2014 with a FREE movie screening at Robson Square on November 7th at 6pm, with FREE POPCORN from Lazy Gourmet. Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff. Thrive is also a mindset. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive all year long. Click here for more information or to register.
About Silver Linings Playbook: Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them.