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.
By Colin Hearne on October 29, 2014
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics that include stress management, breast cancer prevention, mental health training, workstation ergonomics, mens health and more. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
A Thrive 2014 Event – Join UBCs Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this one-hour interactive and open discussion on how our careers impact our mental and total wellbeing, and what can we do about it. This session will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and websites at UBC that will support you in your career planning process. For more information or to register click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – In today’s society, there still remains a lack of awareness and even sometimes bias related to mental health problems. This wellness session will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, as well as the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies available. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – UBC celebrates Thrive Week and Movember’s mighty moustache growing season by bringing six amazing experts (listed below) together to each speak for 10 minutes on practical approaches to keeping guys healthy. Free snacks and refreshments provided. For more information or to register, click here.
- Dr. John Ogrodniczuk – Professor, UBC Medicine
- Dr. Paul Gross- Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Medicine
- Alistair Gordon – Masters student, UBC Counselling Psychology
- Tim Laidler – UBC alumni, Director, Veterans Transition Network
- Dr. Gen Creighton – Post-doctoral fellow, UBC Medicine
- Douglas Todd – Journalist, Vancouver Sun
A Thrive 2014 Event – Part 3 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Stress-Busting series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Depending on the stressor, the person and the situation, the way we dissipate our stress varies. Learn the healthy and not-so-healthy ways to manage stressors as they arise, and leave with three simple at home lifestyle & work style changes that can help you streamline your stressors. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – This year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting our second annual ‘mega’ Zumba class with UBC Rec to wrap up the week of activities. Join us to have fun and get a bit of exercise while spending time with friends and colleagues. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – 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. 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. (There will be with FREE POPCORN provided by the Lazy Gourmet) For more information, or to register, click here.
UBC Ergonomics strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (one three-hour session) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Coordinator in simple computer workstation set-up, how to notice signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up, and to control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). . Register online for this session.
Join Bonnie McCoy from the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in a Breast Cancer Prevention Education Session to learn how to prevent breast cancer. This interactive session will provide evidence-based information to help participants understand how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer through lifestyle changes. For more information or to register, click here.
UBC Ergonomics offers free computer workstation set-up tutorials on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation with a practical session giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. Learn how to optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Training is located on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd) Register online for these sessions now .
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor, Bonnie McCoy, in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session with information about how to modify and decrease breast cancer risk via lifestyle changes. For more information or to register, click here.
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Attendees must complete both sessions to qualify for course completion. For more information and to register, click here.
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group meets at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy Road – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information, or to register, click here.
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By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Bike to Work Week– Oct. 27-Oct.31
UBC`s community of staff, faculty, students and residents can support healthy workplaces and sustainable transportation by hopping on their bikes for one week, starting Monday Oct 27. Get healthy, active and energized at work, reduce your carbon footprint and win prizes!
UBC Thrive Week-Nov. 3-7
Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty and staff. This year, UBC’s Vancouver campus will host over 40 events aimed at increasing understanding, building skills and developing coping strategies to feel good and build positive mental health year-round.
Grace Under Pressure: Managing Stress Through Strategy (UBC AAPS)-Nov. 3, 5
Develop a better understanding of your own reactions to stress and your ability to manage it. UBC AAPS will be hosting three sessions for members – one at St. Paul’s Hospital and two at Point Grey. A UBC THRIVE EVENT! Please note that these events are open to UBC AAPS members only.
Faculty and Staff at UBC are invited to answer questions on various topics such as career, resources and support, wellbeing, community, and leadership. The survey is confidential and anonymous and offered online (paper surveys available). Make sure that your voice is heard!
Influenza (flu) season is here and it’s important to think about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu. Get your flu shot to ensure you stay healthy throughout the fall and winter months. UBC is offering free flu shots to staff, faculty and students on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and be sure to reserve your spot! A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Early Alert Training-Nov. 4, 5, 7
Early Alert is an early intervention response system that helps faculty, staff and TAs provide better support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC celebrates Movember’s mighty mustache-growing season by bringing together top experts in men’s health to discuss practical skills, tools, and approaches to keeping guys healthy. You won’t want to miss this diverse line-up of faculty, staff, and students who share the latest findings on the needs of men in maintaining positive mental health. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class-Nov. 7
Give yourself a break and join UBC Recreation in celebrating Thrive at UBC with the University’s Largest Zumba Class. Free giveaways and snacks! Open to all abilities, no registration required. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Remembrance Day Ceremony (UBC)-Nov. 11
This year will mark sixty-three years that the University of British Columbia has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
alumni UBC Achievement Awards-Nov. 19
This November, the alumni UBC Achievement Awards will honour seven inspiring members of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary activities, have connected the university with communities both near and far to create positive change.
Mammography Screening Clinic-Nov. 20
The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) Mobile Services will be visiting UBC and providing FREE screening mammograms to women ages 40 to 79. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Make it part of your regular health routine and book an appointment today! Pre-registration is required: To register, call 604.877.6187
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace.
Off Campus Events
Surrey International Film Festival-Nov. 1-14
This festival encourages emerging filmmakers to tell their stories, and showcases short independent films from around the world, culminating in the presentation of awards at the gala.
Hometown Hockey Tour, Burnaby-Nov. 8, 9
Ron MacLean is coming to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story. You’re invited to join the free weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Anonymous Art Show, North Vancouver-Nov. 20-Dec. 20
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 10th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market, Steveston-Nov. 2, 16, 30
Join the community every other Sunday from 10am-3pm inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The market continues the tradition of the Steveston winter market as a local attraction and a neighbourhood gathering place.
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By Miranda Massie on October 1, 2014
Whether you plan an event, promote Thrive, volunteer, or bring Thrive into the classroom, you’ll be building positive mental health on campus. Register now to become a Thrive Partner and start planning your group’s involvement for Thrive 2014, Nov. 3-7.
UBC Community United Way Campaign-starts October 6th
The UBC Community United Way Campaign has been a part of our campus culture for over 30 years. Last year you helped UBC raise over $500,000 to prevent child poverty, help kids realize their potential and build stronger communities for seniors. Thank you for making a difference! This year, our campaign kicks off with 5 Days of Caring, a full week of events including the Great Pancake Race, Spelling Bee and the Turkey 2K Trot. Visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca for more info, and to register!
Weight Watchers at Work at the UBC Bookstore will be hosting 2 complementary meetings in October for new members interested in joining.
UBC ShakeOut-Oct 16
2014 will mark UBC’s fifth year participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise. At 10:16 a.m. do a DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON drill so you can react quickly in an earthquake. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.
UBC Continuing Studies presents a two day session that will explore the science of stress, mindfulness and wellbeing, and its impact on helping professionals, patients, clients and inter-professional teams.
MOA YOGA-Oct.20 start
The Museum of Anthropology’s yoga program (MOGA) is starting a new fall session on Monday, Oct 20th. MOGA runs Monday 12:30pm-1:30pm and Wednesday and Thursday evenings 5:15pm-6:15pm. This session will run until Dec 20th and costs $45 for 5 classes, $80 for unlimited classes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! UBC faculty, staff, students, and members of the campus community are invited to learn how to prevent breast cancer through healthy lifestyle changes and to have your breast cancer risk status objectively assessed. Registration required.
Ergonomics is about designing for people to ensure that products, systems or processes complement the people’s capabilities, rather than forcing people to adapt to their work environments/tasks or tools. Find out how to get involved!
The Mental Health Needs Assessment: Take Action Project is investigating opportunities to improve student mental health at UBC. Faculty and staff are invited to share their perspectives on improving student mental health in a series of focus groups (October 2014). If you are interested in participating, please register for a focus group or request an interview online.
Homewood Health (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance provider) has created a Healthy Workplace Month toolkit. The package contains information on the importance of getting outside; mental illness myth busters; the important link between workplace involvement and employee engagement.
Provincial not for profit, Arts Health BC is leading a province-wide survey of arts & health activity within health care, research, education and community settings in BC. The results will be used to create a report and directory of BC-based programs to increase networking and resource sharing.
Click here for more information or to participate.
This Italian community market provides the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month, complete with local produce, live Italian music and children’s activities.
Cirque Musica makes its Vancouver debut! A thrilling concert that blends the world’s greatest Cirque performers with live symphonic music, it will mesmerize and transport you with its dazzling and mysterious beauty.
Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society’s annual cranberry sale. Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.
Diwali Fest: Vancouver and Surrey–Oct. 17-26
“Unity in Diversity” is the theme at the lower mainland’s 11th annual Diwali Festival. The events making up this year’s festival will range in size, and spread through the cities of Vancouver and Surrey. Participate in community workshops, delicious cooking classes and plenty of arts and entertainment!
Family Day: Surrey–Oct. 26
Explore, enjoy and create art together! Engage in interactive family-friendly activities inspired by the exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature.
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By Colin Hearne on September 9, 2014
This month features Fiona Walsh from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, who was a recipient of Healthy UBC’s Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP) funding in 2014. Welcome to Thriving Campus – a new addition to our Healthy UBC Newsletter featuring, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences from UBC staff, faculty and students.
Read a short interview with Fiona below on how the HWIP fund has helped her and her department thrive at UBC.
What strategies do you use in your own life to help you thrive?
I’m a big believer in the power of exercise to help control stress. It’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself, not only in terms of stress management, but also for long-term health. I do struggle at times to fit in regular exercise, but I always recognize how much better I feel when I get myself moving. I look for activities that I find fun. I also make a habit of sitting still at least once a day for five minutes. This gives me a chance to catch my mental ‘breath’ and drain some of the tension out of my neck and shoulders. The newest ‘thrive’ habit I’ve given myself is not turning on email first thing in the morning. I’m finding that taking 15-20 minutes first to plan and think about my day has really increased my focus.
What drew you to apply for UBC’s Healthy Workplace initiative Program?
We saw an opportunity to gain knowledge about stress management in the workplace by increasing overall morale, incorporating health and fitness, increasing team building opportunities, and fostering a culture that prioritizes health and exposes staff to different opportunities at UBC and in our local community. We are doing this initiative in conjunction with the Sauder Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Offices.
What are you doing with the HWIP funding?
The funding is allocated into two categories: Nutrition and Exercise. The bulk of our activities are throughout the summer months, but we are now working on a year-round initiative. The funding is being dispersed into a variety of events, such as ‘Lunch and Learn’ workshops, cooking classes, and a wellness library with a variety of magazines and books. We also introduced a tracking board as a way for staff to gain points by engaging in a variety of activities. The tracking board is positioned in each of our three offices and includes all the participants’ names.
What results are you seeing?
Unbelievable results! Our stress management initiative has instilled a positive energy in our office.
There have been big increases in team building and a collaborative environment; we are getting to better know staff from the Undergraduate Office, the Graduate Programs Office and other units within the Faculty. There is also more interaction amongst staff and people are asking questions about health related topics and are sharing health related tips to modify their everyday lifestyle. Stress levels are way down.
Without a doubt this program has had a major positive impact on the culture at the Business Career Centre– everyone is healthier and happier. The results I’ve seen in the team far surpassed anything I expected. I’d recommend this program to any unit – it’s a game-changer!
Fiona Walsh is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She leads a team of 24 people who provide career development and recruitment services for Sauder students and alumni. Prior to coming to UBC nearly three years ago, she worked in sales and business development in the corporate world. In June, 2014, Fiona and her team were the recipients of our Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP) Fund.
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