Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!
We hope that your reading week treated you well! This month's stress management tip is to check in with yourself and get enough sleep.
Though the name contains a word relating to schoolwork, using the time off school for non-schoolwork can be even more important. School is stressful, our program is stressful, and stress takes a toll on your body.
I've heard this exchange several times since the end of reading week:
"How much did you get done over reading week?"
"Oh... not much, I was so bad, I mostly slept."
If that was you, that's perfectly okay! It's not bad to listen to what your body is telling you. Getting enough sleep is absolutely vital to maintaining your health (unless you're Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, who sleeps 2 hours per night. Are you the Rock? I don't think so, go to bed on time).
Your reading week doesn't have to be a binary between relaxing and productive. Relaxing IS productive if it helps you stay healthy. If you did manage to progress on work over reading week, congratulations and treat yourself to an early bedtime with that extra time. If you slept and marathoned movies starring Strong Independent Women in the workplace or superhero shows or the Rock's movies, also congratulations!
Stay healthy, stay rested, AVSSU.
This month’s Wellness topic is healthy relationships. For many people, a strong sense of community is vital for a successful university experience and life in general. Clubs and interest groups are a great way to create this community on campus. You can find information about recognized campus groups here: https://www.ulife.utoronto.ca/organizations
Another great way to connect in Facebook groups within the University of Toronto network. There are groups for graduating classes, specific courses, colleges, and all sorts of different things.
Sometimes, though, these communities can be a source of stress. We often feel an intense need to belong, which can keep us in damaging situations like toxic friendships and relationships. If you’re struggling with something like this, you should speak to somebody you trust about what options are the most healthy for you. You can also make an appointment at the Health and Wellness Centre to see the Daniels embedded counselor.
Last month, our registrar sent out an email with some helpful information for anyone struggling with these kinds of issues or others. Here’s the information:
Drop-in appointments Wednesdays 2-4pm- Office of Registrar and Student Services
If you are struggling and are not quite sure what to do, don’t know what resources are available to you, or you just need someone to talk to, please stop by the Office of the Registrar and Student for a drop in appointment on Wednesdays from 2-4pm or call book an appointment to speak with an Advisor, 416-946-3897.
Friday appointments available
To better meet the diverse needs of our student population, all Daniels students can access counselling services from Justin Sharpe, registered social worker with Health & Wellness. Tailored to the challenges presented by university life, the focus of appointments is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.
To book an appointment with Justin call 416-978-8030 and identify yourself as a Daniels student. Justin will hold appointments in room 334 at 1 Spadina Crescent on Fridays. These appointments are confidential.
On-location International Transition Advisor
Drop-in appointments Wednesdays 11:30am-1:30pm in Daniels Commons (outside the new Café 059)
International students are encouraged to meet with Yaseen Ali from the Centre for International Experience. Get advice and support for adjusting to academic life, life in Canada, language, immigration policies, and more. He will be located in the Daniels Commons every Wednesday for drop-ins between 11:30am to 1:30pm or you can book an appointment by emailing email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the [cln.utoronto.ca]Career Learning Network (CLN) portal.