Mental Wellness Mondays

HeWe Mo-mints at Thrive 2018

Hey Sauder!

We hope you all had a wonder-pho-l Thrive Week last week! The HeWe lemon fam was out in full force to help everyone celebrate and promote wellness. It was grape to see everyone active and spreading positive vibes; if you missed anything, keep reading to see how HeWe Thrived!:

Contents

HeWe Thrive Booth

Thrive Social Media Posts

  • Health Ambassador Spotlight

  • Executive Instagram Stories

HeWe Convention

HeWe Thrive Booth

Right to left: Rizki (CEA), Ricky (Health Ambassador), Julia (Health Ambassador)

Right to left: Rizki (CEA), Ricky (Health Ambassador), Julia (Health Ambassador)

The lemon fam put together a week long wellness booth! From Monday to Thursday, students were able to come grab a refreshing lemonade, HeWe stickers, and write in prepared fruit cards to spread positivitea to friends and family. Students were also able to learn more about HeWe’s wellness initiatives for the year, such as the HeWe Convention that is happening on November 17th (see below for details!). On Monday, the Commerce Engagement Ambassadors joined us to put on a Thrive or Treat event where students could pick up some Thrive goodies, a healthy snack, or a sweet treat!


Thrive Social Media Posts

Health Ambassador Spotlight

All week long, our health ambassadors explored the various relaxation spots around UBC. Check out where they went!

#1 - Denise

First up, follow Denise Huang to UBC's very own traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden: Nitobe Memorial Garden!
Considered as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, Nitobe Garden is the perfect place for students to take a walk and get away from the stress of daily life. The Garden is a harmonic representation of nature, with references to Japanese philosophy and mythology so donut hesitate to catch a break and take a stroll to reflect and discover its hidden secrets!

Location: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver. (Very close to the Vanier Residence and UBC Asian Centre)
Hours: Monday - Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:30PM
Price: FREE for all UBC students!

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#2 - Julia & Tristan

While we're on gardens, our Health Ambassadors Tristan Dong and Julia Pascual did not forget to check out UBC's famous Rose Garden!
As the one of the most popular destinations on campus, UBC Rose Garden is not just a place, it's an experience. Temporarily forget all those assignments and overload your senses with the queen of flowers; with more than a dozen different species of roses, come to take in all the dazzling colours, smells, fragrances and textures that the Garden has to offer along with a dramatically panoramic mountain view and refreshing ocean breeze!

Location: 6301 Crescent Rd, Vancouver. (Keep walking down Main Mall!)
Hours: 24/7
Price: FREE for everyone

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#3 - Vivian

Feeling energetic and adventurous? Take a long, long walk with our lovely Health Ambassador Vivian Mak 🍋 down to UBC's famous Wreck Beach 🏖️
Wreck Beach is a local favourite. Stretching 7.8km along the coast, it is well known for its raw natural beauty with a hippie-esque vibe. Grab your jacket and some friends (bring a guitar if you feel like it) to come down and absorb all that vitamin sea and sing your hearts out at the waves ;)Wreck Beach is a perfect spot if you want a long stroll and look at the epic scene of the sun plunging down into the ocean at sunset.

Location: Edge of UBC, with multiple trails leading down to the beach. It is very close to Place Vanier's tennis court.
Note: Keep in mind that Wreck Beach is an optional clothing beach (one of the best ones in fact!).

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#4 - Louie

Did you know we have the skeleton of Canada's largest blue whale on campus? Yep. We do, no kidding 😮
Turn on your discovery mode and follow Health Ambassador Louie Weng to UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum for an engrossing time of exploration into the history of nature. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum houses over 2 MILLION specimens, collected over a century since the 1910s; it also has its own theatre as well as tons of exhibitions and activities throughout the year. This is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to satisfy their curiosities or simply just to be in awe of the magnificence of the blue whale skeleton 🐋

Location: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver (It is along main mall, you can't miss it!)
Price: Free for students!
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 5PM (closed Mondays)

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#5 - Rachel

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum has piqued your interest? Wanna visit even more museums? Donut worry because Rachel Chin is here to take you to one of the best museums in Vancouver: The Museum of Anthropology!
Seen on most of UBC brochures, the MOA is a must go destination if you have step foot on campus. The MOA is renowned for its finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations arts and also arts from around the world.
Spend your afternoon getting lost in the spectacularly designed building overlooking the mountains and ocean. Marvel at the magnificent weavings, carving and contemporary artwork in a wide range of special exhibitions (with 50,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in the building, you'll never get bored) then grab a cup of coffee at the Café MOA to end your enlightening and relaxing visit!

Location: 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver. (It is across the street from the UBC Rose Garden)
Price: Free for UBC students!
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10AM - 5PM (Closed Mondays)

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#6 - Kelly

Want to hit the gym for a reinvigorating workout? Come to the ARC Fitness Centre to see our Health Ambassador Kelly Huang and she will help you out!
The ARC fitness centre is the newly opened gym in the UBC Life Building (formerly the old Student Union Building). With 8000 sq. ft of fitness centre (including cardio machines, strength training equipment, etc...) and multi-purpose studio space, this is the perfect spot for quick or heavy workouts. The facility also includes personal training spaces, various drop in sessions and universal change room facilities!

Location: UBC Life Building, 6000 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver.
Hours:
Mon – Thu 6:30am – 10:00pm
Friday 6:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Rates: $35/term.

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#7 - Ricky

Our Health Ambassador Ricky Lay's favourite spot to chill has got be the UBC Aquatic Centre. Opened in January 2017, the brand new facility has everything a student wants from an Aquatic Centre, from athletic or competitive training to leisure needs. A quick drop in, and you will find yourself looking at a 25 metre recreational pool, a 50 metre competition pool, and a 34-person hot tub 🤩 Oh and did we mention the facilities also include a lazy river, steam room and sauna? Yep. Go. Now.

Location: 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver. (Right next to the bus loop and UBC Life Building)
Rates: FREE for UBC students!
Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 6:30AM - 9:30PM
Friday: 6:30AM - 9PM
Saturday and Sunday: 8AM - 9PM

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#8 - Tiffany

The UBC Aquatic Centre is not the only place on campus where you can stretch your limbs ;) Did you know that UBC has a state of the art climbing wall? Come with Tiffany Yeh to check out The Aviary!
Nicely tucked into the corner of the 2nd floor of the Nest, the 3-story-tall everything you would expect from a climbing space, and better. The Aviary welcomes both new and experienced climbers with an array of different training tools to suit everyone! With over 30 routes, top roping, lead climbing, etc... The Avery is the place to be if you need an adrenaline rush ;)

Location: The Nest - 2nd floor
Hours and Price: Because it changes, check out The Aviary website for more info: https://ubc-aviary.com

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Executive Instagram Stories

Throughout the week, the execs shared snippets of what working with wellness means to them on our Instagram story! Check them out below:

HeWe Convention

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HeWe’s first ever convention, Working with Wellness, is happening on Saturday, November 17th! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE NOW before they’re gone on Nov. 15th.

Date: November 17, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: UBC LIFE Building

🍋 What we will be offering:
⭐️ De-stresser Workshops (Yoga and Smoothies, Terrarium Making, Healthy Cooking, & Meditation and Tea)
⭐️ Keynote & Panel
⭐️ Catered Lunch

Get tickets here: https://www.showpass.com/working-with-wellness/

If you have any questions, peas e-mail us at sauderhealthandwellness@cus.ca and we’d be happy to answer. Carrot wait to see you there!

That’s a Wrap!

Thank you berry matcha for helping us make Thrive Week a success! Peas keep an eye out for more blog posts and HeWe updates :)

Love,

Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

It's A Blue-tiful Life Returns: MWM Updates

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HEY SAUDER

It’s Taryn — back again as your VP Mental Wellness!

This year, Mental Wellness Mondays may look a little different. I was extremely proud of myself for keeping up weekly posts last year during its premier run, but I’ve found that things are a lot busier this year. While there are a lot of exciting things cooking right now, it unfortunately means that I have been unable to keep up the weekly posts. However, the silver lining here may be that when there is something worth posting, I will have a lot more time to prepare a high quality post for you all to enjoy! Additionally, I would like some feedback about the things I have posted, and I’d love to hear some ideas that you may have for Mental Wellness Mondays going forward.

If you have any ideas or feedback, please drop me a line in this short Google Form! Don’t worry, you can remain anonymous.

Feedback Form: https://goo.gl/forms/kIiT2ForAdl4ajYh2

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! Tag someone you’re thank-pho-l for on our Thanksgiving post.

I look forward to hearing from you guys!

With love,

Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

It's a Blue-tiful Life Part 4: Sign-off

Thank you berry much to everyone who read It’s A Blue-tiful Life!

This blog series was the first time I have been so public about my mental health. It was definitely intimidating and scary to put everything out there for anyone to read, but all of your support has given me the confidence to continue being vocal about my mental health. I hope I was able to inspire others just as you have inspired me.

This will be my last post for the series. On that note, I would love to know your thoughts about my blog series and Mental Wellness Mondays. I would really appreciate it if you could take a moment to give me some anonymous feedback about things you’ve enjoyed and taken away from my posts, here: https://goo.gl/forms/oUA1qOYYyKyJVRNV2

Again, thank you so matcha for all of your support and feedback! If you ever need someone to talk to, or just someone to listen, I am always here.

With love,

Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

 

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It's a Blue-tiful Life Part 3: Relaxation vs. Reality

I had a breakdown 10 minutes before I wrote this.

The irony of the situation though is that I’m supposed to be telling you about relaxation techniques and the benefits of each one. I’m still going to do that to a certain extent; however, I think addressing the reality of mental health would be more beneficial right now.

I’m just an ordinary Sauder student like you. I have classes, group projects, assignments, papers, and midterms just like you. Everything is piling up and it feels like there’s no end in sight. Then on top of that, there are other obligations and responsibilities you have to manage everyday, and it gets overwhelming to the point where even feeding yourself becomes a chore. People tell you to “take care of yourself,” and you have to try your hardest to not just roll your eyes and say, “Yea, I suppose.”

It’s hard. It’s really hard. But at the end of the day, I try time and time again to forgive myself because I’m not perfect and I never will be, and you deserve to give yourself the same peace of mind. That belief is why I’m writing this open letter to you.

You deserve peace of mind.

You deserve to treat yourself with care.

You deserve to forgive yourself and love yourself and celebrate yourself.

You deserve to have your voice heard and be told that it’s okay to feel what you do.

And I will not stop fighting until this happens.

Until then, I will share my tips and strategies for managing my mental health.

 

Right now I want to share something that one of my mentors told me today:

Find small but unique ways of integrating relaxation into your day. It could be as simple as practicing a breathing exercise on your walk to class and admiring the gorgeous campus around us. It could be putting your head down and closing your eyes for that brief time when you’re sitting in your seat before class starts to clear your mind. It could even be just having a good conversation with a close friend for a few minutes after class to give your mind a break from heavy mental processing.

The possibilities are endless. There is no “right way” for relaxation; what works for one person may not work for another. However, sometimes doing small things like those above are not enough.

If you’re really exhausted and burning out, give yourself the time to do something more. I find that, when I’m so drained that nothing productive is happening and nothing productive will be happening anytime soon, the best thing I can do is accept that nothing is happening and do an activity that I really enjoy – an activity that you would normally think of when someone says “relaxation activity”. Watch your favourite TV show. Eat some delicious food. Take a nap.

Let your body and mind heal.

One of my personal favourites is art. I love drawing, crafts, painting, building…you name it. Art it a fantastic way to help you process feelings that you can’t necessarily express immediately in words, and it gives you an outlet to vent until you can grasp those words.

Fortunately enough, HeWe is holding a paint night this Thursday. There will be yummy food, great company and a bunch of painting supplies to help you relax and de-stress from the term. I know I will definitely be there, and because of everything I just talked about, I hope that you give yourself the time to come as well.

If you have any questions about what I talked about, or just want to talk about life in general, please do not hesitate to message me. I am always more than happy to share my experiences and talk with others that are interested in mental health.

Peas have a soup-er rest of the day, and remember that you are ap-peach-ciated.

With love,

Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

It's a Blue-tiful Life Part 2: How to Survive New Year's Resolutions

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Preface

New Year’s is a magical time filled with hope, and people all over the world coming together to celebrate. A lot of people use this time to inspire themselves to make improvements to their lives, and reach goals that they’ve always wanted to achieve with New Year’s resolutions. However, I believe that the power of New Year’s resolutions can also be the downfall of our goals. In this post, I will highlight what I believe are the common problems with New Year’s resolutions, and some tips to help you achieve those goals that you set your sights on.

Problems & Tips

1)   Too much for no good reason

People get caught up in the energy and trends of the New Year, and create resolutions that don’t make sense for their current living conditions. Because of this, it is extremely easy for people to get frustrated that things are not going the way they planned. For instance, if you want to do a “New Year, new you” makeover, the operation may not get off the ground if you’re already struggling to make ends meet.

·      TIP #1: Choose resolutions that make sense for your life.

A resolution should be something that will benefit YOU. You don’t have to follow trends – change your diet, start a specific workout regiment, change you hair or wardrobe – if it’s not true to you. Also, you don’t have to force the change if the timing isn’t right; problems happen and it’s okay to wait until you can give the resolution your 100% effort.

 

2)   Too much all at once

A lot of people get really excited about the New Year, and create a huge laundry list of things that they’re going to change. While it’s definitely good to have goals, you actually lower your chances of succeeding in any of those goals by trying to change so much at once. Think of it like multitasking. When you’re trying to take on so many new things at once, it can be extremely stressful. (Science Behind Multitasking: https://wpcurve.com/science-behind-multitasking/)

·      TIP #2: Try one resolution at a time.

As mentioned above, multitasking can severely impact our resolution success. By taking our resolutions one at a time, we can delegate the necessary focus to fully carry out that resolution, and not worry about forgetting all of the other changes we were planning.

 

3)   Too much, too fast

If the change you’re trying to make is on the scale of switching your whole diet or workout schedule to “be healthy” – while it may seem simple to accomplish in theory – it can take much longer to adjust than anticipated. It takes humans at least 21 days to create even a small habit like drinking a glass of water with breakfast. () From this, it is easy to see how all of these huge life changes would crash and burn rather quickly, especially when happening all at once. (Evidence About Habits: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/02/how-long-it-takes-to-form-a-new-habit/https://jamesclear.com/new-habit)

·      TIP #3: Start small, then work up to bigger resolutions.

Like I said previously, it takes a long time to even make a small change in our lifestyles. Because of this, it is really easy to give up when it feels like thing’s aren’t sticking. By starting small, you have a better chance of seeing positive results faster, giving you the confidence to tackle bigger and bigger resolutions.

 

4)   “Oops, I forgot" or “Ugh, maybe tomorrow”

We lead very busy lives, so it is easy to forget things that aren’t in our normal routine, or give up because we’re just too tired to “put in the effort”. With so many other stresses and things to remember in our lives, a lot of things can be lost in the chaos.

·      TIP #4: Write down your resolutions and/or have someone keep you accountable.

Sometimes all we need is a little help from our friends. Find a resolution buddy to help you reach your new goal, or try writing out your resolution with a plan and timeline to help you break down the challenge.

 

5)   “Nothing’s happening!”

One of the most common problems is giving up before you see results. We seem to think that our new workout plan isn’t working because we haven’t lost 20 pounds in a week. However, just because results aren’t visible, it doesn’t mean that things aren’t working under the surface.

·      TIP #5: Give yourself time to see results.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is good health. Instead of throwing in the towel, find a way to track progress to give yourself hope that you aren’t stuck. You might not see very much change right away, but you will definitely see progress in the long run.

 

6)   Failure

Once we label ourselves as a “failure”, it can be almost impossible to continue trying to reach our goals. The common issue is that once we believe we failed at a resolution, we think our chance is over. Additionally, it feels like if we don’t finish our resolution by the first few weeks of January, our chance is also over. This leads to even worse mental health, and beliefs that we are a failure of a human being.

·      TIP #6: You are not your resolutions, and YOU CAN TRY AGAIN!

Resolutions are meant to be inspirational goals for you to reach. There is no rule saying that you only get one chance to reach your goal or complete your resolution. If you do not reach them in the time you wanted, maybe the timeline wasn’t appropriate or life just got in the way. You have the WHOLE YEAR to reach that goal, and even if you don’t get it by the end of the year, you also have next year. As long as you are alive, you can get up and try again.

Tip Summary

1)   Choose resolutions that benefit you

2)   Try one at a time

3)   Start small and work your way up

4)   Write resolutions down and/or have someone keep you accountable

5)   Give yourself time to see results

6)   You can try again even if you “fail”

Closing & Personal Note

I personally do not believe in doing resolutions because I subscribe to the idea that if you want to make a change in your life desperately enough then you have the power to do it at any time during the year. However, I still appreciate what the meaning of New Year’s does for others. I wanted to do a post about resolutions because I have seen so much hurt come out of the excitement, especially around the point of failure that I discussed. I hope you find these tips reassuring, if not helpful. If you have any questions or want to chat more about New Year’s resolutions, feel free to contact me through the HeWe Facebook page.

On another note, I would really appreciate some input on these blog posts. If you read them, please let me know your thoughts about them and how I might be able to make them better. I'm also always looking for more blog post topics, and I would love to write about things that people want to read.

Best of luck with tackling your resolutions!

- Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

Thrive Week Mo-mint Round-Up!

Hey Sauder!

Even though Thrive Week was back near the beginning of November, the HeWe Team would like to highlight some of the best mo-mints from the week and share the experiences of some fellow students!


What is Thrive?

Thrive is a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for everyone at UBC. - thrive.ubc.ca

Where can I learn more about Thrive?

Head over to the Wellness Centre in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 183, visit their website at students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/peer-support-wellness-centre, or explore posts from the latest Thrive Week using the #LetsThriveUBC hashtag on social media to learn more.

Events on campus:

  • thrive information booth @ Lee Square (outside of the bookstore)
  • pop-up Wellness Centre lounge @ Brock Hall
  • movie screening & chill night @ Seedlings Café
  • meditation & yoga @ CIRS
  • get moving events @ the SRC

Thrive themes!

Photos taken from the Thrive UBC Facebook event page.


Highlights!

Quotes from Sauder students. Congratulations on winning Thrive stress balls! Message the HeWe Facebook page to claim your stress ball.


Sauder Involved

On Thursday, November 2nd, the Undergraduate Office (UGO) and the Commerce Engagement Ambassadors (CEAs) partnered with Thrive UBC to bring Sauder students Wellness On The Go!

Wellness On The Go provided hungry Sauder students with a healthy, portable snack, and mental wellness resources to help them manage midterm stress. Students happily filled their shiny new mason jars with yogurt parfaits, veggies, mixed oats, and more! Once they had filled their jars and to the brim and read over the wellness resources, students shared what they were thankful for on a community board, highlighting all of the small things that bring light to our ever-busy lives.

Overall, Wellness On The Go brought positivi-tea and sunshine to Sauder on what would be a normally wet and cold Vancouver day.

HeWe approves!

- The HeWe Team


Message From VP Mental Wellness:

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in Thrive Week and the social media contests! It is incredibly important for us to look after our mental health, and awareness events like Thrive are helping us making huge steps toward breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.

That being said, just because Thrive Week is over (for now), that doesn't mean we should stop Thriving! I encourage you to take the practices and activities you learned about or tried during Thrive Week and incorporate them into your daily life. For example, if you tried yoga for the first time, see if you can keep it up! Or, if you practiced meditation or reflection exercises, try to do these activities once per week to keep the good habits rolling.

Mental health awareness is an on-going battle, so our fight against the stigma and the fight for better mental wellness for all should continue on as well!

Peas have a wonderful rest of your term, and I wish you all the best during finals!

- Taryn, VP Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness Mondays: It's a Blue-tiful Life

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Hi everyone,

This is Taryn, your VP “Blueberry” Mental Wellness here. As you may have heard already, one of the parts of my Mental Wellness Mondays project is a blog post. What is special about the blog posts though is it’s a more personal look into the world of mental health. While it is great to hear up lifting messages and see what others are doing in the community to help break the stigma surrounding mental health, sometimes it’s also helpful to hear the stories of others. This is why I’ve decided to open up a little more and share my story, as well as my day-to-day struggles with my own mental health. Along with some coping tools and insights I’ve gained over the years, I hope I can give you all a sense of solace that you are not alone, and that there indeed is a brighter future ahead.

If you have read this far, thank you very much for your support, and peas enjoy the first instalment of It’s A Blue-tiful Life.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

 

I’m exhausted.

It’s only been 3 weeks since the start of school and I already feel the burnout sinking into my bones.

My calendar is stuffed like Thanksgiving turkey with classes, events, meetings, deadlines and other commitments to the point where I don’t even have a choice in where I go during the day.

My mind never sleeps, even when I close my eyes to dream; I’m reading textbooks and taking tests until the sun comes up.

Then when I try to enjoy some time with family or friends, I’m suddenly stung in the heart with panic because I could be working.

 

I’m stressed.

But I’m not letting it stop me.

I make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, because I know that, without rest, my body won’t be well enough equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow.

I schedule dates into a calendar and write exhaustive check lists of all of the things I have to do so I can manage my time accordingly, and make sure I don’t forget anything important.

I spend as much time on my work as I can, but when the hours start stacking up and I feel myself nodding off, I know that it is time to move on because I did the best I could.

And when anxiety strikes, I breathe. I ask myself “Can I do anything about it in the current moment?” If the answer is no, I breathe…and I come back to the present moment and feel the tension slowly release.

But if the answer is yes, I just get up, and do my best.

As long as I do my best, there is nothing more I can ask for. 


Before anyone asks, yes I am alright! I am managing and methodically getting through the week; this post was mainly to highlight some of my tools I use to address my common symptoms. If anyone has any questions, or wants to chat about anything I've talked about, feel free to send me a message on Facebook, email or wherever! Even though this blog series started as a way for me to reach out and share my experiences, I am always looking for more ways to make it more engaging and meaningful. I am soup-er excited to see where this goes, so I would be berry grapeful if you would join me for the ride.

Much love,

Taryn