By Miranda Massie on October 30, 2013
This month, I would like to use this editorial space to talk about Thrive. UBC Thrive is both a mindset and a week-long series of events, focused on building positive mental health on campus. Our office has spent the last six months assisting with the preparations for this year’s event.
Each year, our organizing committee struggles to find ways to communicate our message about Thrive and to provide the campus community with tools for success. It is easy to talk about the initiative and the statistics that support the promotion of mental health, but it is far more challenging to create tangible connections for individuals in order to leave lasting impressions on behavior change and campus culture.
This is the fifth annual Thrive, and in reaching this milestone year, we have tried to provide UBC with a little inspiration, in the form of personal stories, key messages and our theme of “Try Something New”.
As staff and faculty, it can be difficult to get inspired and to conceptualize what thriving on campus might look like. It can also be a daunting concept that leaves us feeling inadequate as we strive to overhaul our entire lives in the hopes of emerging on the other side as healthier individuals.
In the spirit of trying something new, I have decided to catalogue some of the little things that I do to help me Thrive at work each day.
I book myself into my calendar: I book off space within my Outlook calendar when I have a long to-do list, so that no one can schedule meetings or appointments with me.
I listen to music when I need to focus: I find that a little additional noise at my desk drowns out the chaos that goes on around me. I love Songza and often rock the “For Shame: 80’s & 90’s Guilty Pleasures” playlist.
I eat lunch with colleagues: At least three times a week, I try and make this a priority. It breaks up the day and leaves me feeling more connected and supported. No need to go out; we all bring lunch from home.
I keep a plant alive (or at least I try!): I have a plant that sits at my desk. I named him Jeffrey, and caring for him gives me a sense of purpose that is not work related.
I read the paper: Sometimes my workload can be overwhelming. Opening up the Vancouver Sun or the Metro for as little as five minutes helps me refresh. It also keeps me up to date on current events!
I fill my cubicle with beautiful things: I am a very visual person and have put up posters, photos of loved ones, and colourful postcards. If I am unable to be engaged in my work 100% of the time, at least I can enjoy my surroundings.
The truth of the matter is that we can do small things every day to enhance our mental health. These small changes can add up to a lifetime of resiliency and positive mental health.
Interestingly, creating this list has helped boost my mental health already. I hope that I have inspired you, and I invite you to try and list the ways that you thrive.
I invite all UBC staff and faculty to participate in UBC’s 5th Annual Thrive, November 4-8, 2013.
The best that we can ask of ourselves is to try. Happy Thrive Week to all!
All my best,
By Miranda Massie on October 30, 2013
Join the campus community from November 4-8th in a week dedicated to promoting and celebrating positive mental health. Staff, faculty and students can participate in over 35 events that highlight ways to thrive, resources and tools to feel great!
The University is offering free influenza (flu) immunizations to UBC students, faculty and staff at clinics throughout UBC Vancouver this November. Visit the Risk Management Services website at to reserve your spot at a clinic near you.
Screening Mammography Program (SMP) mobile services will be visiting UBC Building Operations November 13th and 14th and providing FREE screening mammograms to UBC staff, faculty and students ages 40 to 79.
Join your colleagues for on campus yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from regular yoga practice. Drop-in is $10 and discounts are available with pre-registration.
Did you know that there is a Weight Watchers group that meets weekly on the UBC Point Grey Campus? Find support and work towards improving and maintaining health.
Burnaby Celebrates: Sports Day in Canada-November 25-30th
Sports Day in Canada is a nation-wide community project encouraging Canadians healthy living. Participate in a variety of events, classes and community building activities.
Enjoy family favourite movies each weekend for only $2.50.
Participate in one of the many events that are part of the 10th Annual South Asian arts & culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. Runs October 28-November 8th .
The Health Show: Vancouver, November 9-10th
Discover up-to-date, reliable and practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living.
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