Taking Care of Your Body
The transition from high school to university is a big change and it can be challenging to practice self-care and resiliency. Finding things that you can control can help work through difficult situations and experiences, like living on your own for the first time, failing a midterm, or breaking up with a partner.
Some of the ideas here may help to find some of that control and help your overall well-being.
Focus on what you can control: When life feels overwhelming try and find one thing everyday that you can control and control the heck out of it. Tidy up your space, hangout with a friend, read a chapter of a book you’ve been meaning to get to. Focusing on what you can control helps ground you through uncertainty.
Challenge worry-thoughts: If you have persistent thoughts such as “I’m a failure who will never pass this class”, challenge them with factual statements such as “I was accepted to university because I’m smart and deserve to be here.” Remind yourself that thinking something doesn’t make it true!
The Stress Management and High Performance Clinic: Kathy Somers offers relaxation and stress management skills training programs to help you stress less, decrease anxiety and reduce worrying.
Exercise isn’t just for athletes, it’s a great option for giving yourself a mental break. Physical activity can be incorporated in whatever way fits your life best. Some options on campus include:
- The Athletic Centre which includes the fitness centre, classes, clubs, and intramural teams. Join them on Instagram @gryphons_fitness for classes you can do from home.
- Hiking in the Arboretum. The Arboretum has over 9 km of trails to explore. Go for a walk on your own, with friends, or join Student Wellness on a Moodroutes walk led by a student wellness peer by joining the Teams chat Friday at noon to go for a walk all together.
- Walking or biking to campus instead of taking the bus if you live close enough.
Food has a large impact on energy levels, mood, and academic performance. With all the food choices on campus, it can be hard to pick options that make you feel good, especially when there are a lot of other things going on.
Lindzie O'Reilly, the University's on-campus dietitian, offers cooking classes, answers to common nutrition questions, recipes, and resources to help students get reliable information about food and nutrition. Check out all of the campus dietician services.
Student Nutrition Awareness Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides nutrition education, support, and resources to help students develop healthy eating habits and adjust to campus life.
A good night’s sleep is an important part of mental well-being. Sleep often gets sacrificed for staying up late to finish a project, going out with friends, or watching just one more episode of a show. Being well rested helps with concentration, problem solving and decision making. We’re also more likely to do the activities that make us feel good like exercising, drawing, or journaling when we’re not tired.
Some tools that can help you get a good night's sleep include:
- Stick to a regular sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at a regular time, even on the weekend.
- Limit caffeine three hours before bed.
- Kathy Somers also runs a Better Sleep Program where you can learn about strategies and techniques that promote better and more restful sleep.