What’s great about a mason jar is that you can leave it on your desk, beside your computer or on an office shelf.
Mind your mind
Mind your mind is our column on wellness and mental health written by Daphnée Lévesque. Check it out every two weeks! The authors of this column are not mental health professionals. If you need additional support, please contact Student Health Services, Sexual Assault Support Centre and/or the Wellness Centre. In case of an emergency call 911.
In the past couple weeks, I’ve been “therapist shopping.” That being said, I know exactly what I’m looking for. If this is your first time accessing counselling, here’s a few tips on how to get started and important factors to keep in mind.
A wellness plan is, first and foremost, a way to cope ahead with the future if challenges were to arise. It provides insight and acts as a guide when you find yourself struggling.
For me, having fun is somewhat a hard thing to do. But it’s a coping skill that will help you regulate your emotions. It will increase feel-good hormones in your body, allow you to create meaningful memories, and remind yourself that there is hope out there.
“As months went by, the list eventually grew, to my surprise. I kept it tucked away in a desk drawer, but every few months, I would unfold it, add a few names and fold it back again.“
"The unfortunate thing about having an anxiety attack on the bus is that you have nowhere to run. My social anxiety prevented me from hyperventilating in front of everybody. Instead, I sat there — frozen like I was about to faint."
She told me I needed a “safety net”, something that would not allow me to fall through the cracks and into the hole of despair, instant noodles and IKB all nighters. I was rather annoyed at her idea of a safety net: a human.
The great thing about crisis lines is that you’re the one in control. You don’t even have to introduce yourself or give them your name. You choose how much information to disclose and can talk about anything that’s on your mind.
Although popular activities include running, swimming, indoor cycling, yoga, aerobics, working out at the gym and walking, I find that choosing an exercise program needs to be tailored to each individual depending on their needs and circumstances.
Experts agree that what you eat has a very direct and significant impact on your physiology and biochemistry.
Students at UBC, as well as other universities, experience an incredible amount of anxiety. As someone who experiences anxiety on a daily basis, I can definitely assert that too much anxiety can significantly impact your well-being and affect your life in a negative way.
This article outlines the different types of mental health professionals, in hope of detangling some of the strings associated with an already messy system.
Since I’m very type-A and love office supplies, it’s no wonder that having a planner falls under my ‘must-have’ category. Over the years, I’ve tried different types of planners, including some of these!
“If you can be outside in the sun, do it. Humans, like most other living things, thrive in sunlight.”
“Uninstall any social media apps if you feel like they’re not good for your mental and emotional wellbeing.”
“Like I said before, you are only human — as much as some might fancy themselves otherwise — and you are allowed to be.”
“You are so brave. If no one has told you, I’m telling you now. You are brave for taking on so many tasks and challenging yourself in an environment where stress is encouraged.”
“Applying this to the topic of self-care, we then see a rising trend of social media telling us that to properly take care of ourselves, we need to commit to pampering ourselves with finer things like fancy beverages and pretty candles.”
“The first week back on the grind can be overwhelming with new schedules to hammer out, syllabi to pour over, textbooks to purchase, and looming deadlines to meet.”