Part one: Thursday, January 29, 2015: 4:15 – 6:00 PM Part two: Thursday, February 5, 2015: 4:15 – 6:00 PM
Brock Hall, 1874 East Mall | Room 2001
Hosted by Counselling Services and Access and Diversity Please register for this event
This workshop is designed to help students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and will explore topics like time management, dealing with procrastination, using self-care to stay balanced, and working with your strengths.
The event is free but has limited space so be sure to registerearly!
Post by Kelly White, M.Ed., C.H.E.S., UBC Wellness Centre Coordinator
Making decisions around alcohol use is an individual choice that most students are faced with at some point during their university experience. There’s a lot to consider including whether or not to drink, how much to drink, how regularly, and what kinds of activities to take part in when drinking.
To feel comfortable in your personal decisions about drinking alcohol you can start thinking about them before you arrive at a party or start drinking. This includes knowing the facts, knowing your own values, and ultimately making up your own mind.
How alcohol affects the body
Gathering facts and information is a great way to start. In particular, it’s important to know the effects of alcohol on your body.
Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is determined by several factors including:
See how living well can help you have an even better university experience.
Drop by for the Wellness Centre’s Caffeine Challenge or UBC Recreation’s Bike Blender to create your own smoothie. Take this opportunity to learn more about a range of wellness concepts and have your questions answered. Free refreshments and raffle gifts await.
Everyone has mental health and some face challenges related to mental illness. UBC students are no exception, with depression reported as one of the most common mental health concerns.
Joshua Beharry, a recent UBC graduate, just launched a website to share his first-person perspective on mental health. Josh’s stories and essays touch on a variety of topics like depression, anxiety, stigma, and recovery.
I asked Josh a few questions to learn more about the new site and how it might help others think about and explore their own mental health.
If you’re looking for a healthy baked treat that you can eat as a study snack or even grab on the way out for breakfast, look no further! This week we’re featuring low-fat Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Bread!
This recipe is almost fat-free, uses minimal added sugar, and has no butter! How often is something so delicious butter-free? If you’ve never tried the sweet tangy combination of bananas and blueberries, prepare to fall in love with this simple recipe. It’s also a great recipe to share (your friends will adore you).
This recipe has a variety of health benefits:
Oats have tons of fibre to help keep you full longer.
Blueberrieshave the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit, which can boost your immune system and help prevent infection.
Bananasare high in potassium, which helps the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain.
Looking to switch up your weekday meal routine? Give fish a try! This versatile recipe can be used with any fish, including salmon, basa, tilapia, or mackerel. The lemon soy marinade provides a delicious full-flavoured tang that’s sure to delight your taste buds.
Even better is the fact that this recipe is relatively inexpensive and is easy to make: a perfect combo for any busy student.
Benefits of this meal
This meal is great for you because:
fish is a great source of vitamin B12, which helps to protect nerve function and make healthy blood cells;
many white fish are low in fat, and a diet low in fat contributes to good heart health; and,
You’ve heard it time and time again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately most of us don’t have the time to make a healthy breakfast in the morning.
Often it’s a choice between sleeping in, showering, or eating. Don’t let that happen to you again! March is Nutrition Month and so this is a great time to try incorporating healthier eating habits into your day (like eating breakfast regularly).
Try this super simple recipe that can be prepared the night before and made in endless variations. It’s really inexpensive, too, which is always a good thing.
Benefits of eating breakfast
Eating breakfast is good for you because it:
boosts your metabolism and gets your body going (you are literally breaking a fast);
helps you get an early start in getting all the nutrients you need during the day; and,
Post by Navi Dasanjh, UBC student and Counselling Services project assistant.
With the winter break on the horizon (LESS THAN TWO WEEKS Y’ALL) many of us will wonder: “where did all this free time come from?” and, “what should I do with it?”. Also potentially daunting is facing gift-giving season with limited funds.
Things you can do: Events on a budget
Staying in Vancouver for the break? Try these community events to keep occupied and get the mental break that you may have been lacking over last few weeks:
Bright Nights and Christmas Train through Stanley Park
This iconic event has been a holiday ‘must-do’ in Vancouver for years. Grab a group of friends and take in the array of decorations and lights in Stanley Park.
Since reopening for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the outdoor skating at Robson Square has been one of Vancouver’s most popular winter activities.
December 1–February 28.
Skate rentals: $4.00, helmets and ice cleats: $2.00.
Things you can make: Gifts for the budget-conscious
Entertainment aside, the holiday is, for many, a time of giving and sharing with loved ones. The student lifestyle can put a dent in any bank account, so here are some DIY (do it yourself) suggestions for simple yet thoughtful gift ideas that won’t break your bank balance.
Easily made from gluing scrabble tiles or other trinkets together.
Labelled/doodled jars, glasses, and mugs
Chalkboard paint (available from your local dollar or craft store) can be an eccentric and easy addition to jars, glasses, and other containers for labelling/general doodling.
Paper mache bowls, ornaments
Add leaves! These wonders of nature hold their rigidity when mixed with paper mache, so you can use them to make bowls, ornaments, and many other things. Get creative!
Scarves and touques
Try your hand at knitting or crocheting: yarn can be incredibly cheap, and simple patterns for scarves can be easy to learn. These items also make great gifts for the cold winter season.
Because who doesn’t love a delicious snack? With tons of recipes available via the interwebs, you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect treat, no matter your culinary skill level! If you shy away from the oven (much like I do), here are a few recipes that are a great start.
These crafty ideas not only make for great and affordable gifts, but can also provide some much needed artistic and therapeutic relief.
No matter how you may be spending the holidays, there are plenty of activities and gifts out there with the frugal student budget in mind. Happy holidays to you all, and don’t forget to look after yourself over these last few weeks! Best of luck!
Guest post by UBC students Navi Dasanjh and Shahbano Bhatti
University – a place of excitement, adventure, learning, and growth. While the university experience can be filled with wonder and joy, it undoubtedly also has its perils (helllooo, midterm season).
Throughout this time, no matter how daunting your school/work/personal life my feel, always remember to take a step back and have some time to yourself. Also remember that you’re not in it alone – there are numerous campus resources to help you through whatever rough patch you may be facing.
Getting through personal difficulties
Counselling Services is one of these resources. Free to all registered UBC students, Counselling Services is a group of trained professionals available to chat, listen, and help you through any personal difficulties you may be facing.
Helpful tips from Vanita Sabharwal, Counsellor
We sat down with one of the counsellors, Vanita Sabharwal, to learn more about her work and get some helpful tips.
Krystal: Take time for myself and get together with friends
Schedule in some time for yourself, or plan something with a friend. Scheduling ahead will help make sure you stick to your plan.
Find your own balance
There are many different kinds of balance, and everyone has a different definition. Generally, having balance means taking care of all the areas that make up your life and your well-being. When you have balance, you feel good. When you feel good, it’s easier to focus on being your best in school and in life.
More tips for balance
Learn specific and simple things you can try today for better balance.
Are you a new student coming to UBC? If so, welcome! Getting good grades is probably one of your goals for the year ahead. But have you thought about good health while at university?
Good health, good grades
UBC students say that their mental and physical health has a big impact on how well they do in school . The simple explanation for this is that your mind is ready to learn when you take care of your well-being.
Fortunately, living a healthy life while at university is easier than you might think. Here are four tips to get you started:
1. Make sure you have health insurance
Good health starts with making sure you have basic and supplementary (extended) health insurance (whether you’re a domestic or international student).
We all need help from time to time. Reach out when you need assistance, before difficulties become overwhelming. Keep these three important resources in mind:
Wellness Centre: staffed by trained student volunteers who have a passion for mental and physical health promotion. They can share health resources with you and refer you to counselling or health services.