As the Fall 2013 term intensifies with mid-terms and course deliverable deadlines, we bring you some helpful tips on nourishing yourself. Remaining physically healthy is important in remaining academically healthy.
Tip #1: Strive for a Healthy Lifestyle
Getting plenty of rest, exercising regularly and eating well may seem like a tall order when you’re juggling assignments, mid-terms, and networking. For many part-time students at Schulich, add a full-time career and family to the mix.
- Recreation York offers personal training sessions at Tait McKenzie priced for a student budget. A series of four sessions is $80 and is available Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- Free yoga classes! Brought to you by York’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) available to members*. Beginning on Thursday, October 17, classes will be held in Room 430 of the Student Centre (the upstairs of the GSA office) between 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Thursdays. The yoga schedule for the winter semester will be announced in the future. A limited number of mats are available, but if you have your own, you may prefer to bring it as they are first come first served. No experience is necessary!
*All Schulich master’s students are GSA members
Tip #2: Take a Break and Do Something for YOU
- Plan an activity that will get you out of your study environment.
- Get yourself moving physically to stimulate yourself mentally.
- When returning to studying make sure to take regular breaks to maintain your focus.
Tip #3: Avoid Cramming
- Have you ever poured too much water in a plant just to have it overflow, or filled it right to the top only to spill a bunch when you try to move it? Think of your brain like that. It’s capable of absorbing all you’re trying to learn but it doesn’t happen in a short period of time. Start studying in advance![/box]
Tip #4: Ask for Help
- Nurture relationships with friends, family, or professionals to exchange support, encouragement, and important feedback.
- Schulich Student Services is here for you. Ask for help with studying, keeping on top of work and family commitments, and other resources.
- Not sure where to go to talk things over? Personal counselling is available at CDS.
Tip #5: Keep Calm
- Easier said than done, it is important to pause everything for just a minute, take some deep breaths, clear your mind and tell yourself “I can do this”. A little positivity can go a long way![/box]
Tip 6: Avoid the Flu – Get the Flu Shot
Flu season is upon us and time to get your annual flu shot. Available at the on-campus Flu Clinic* beginning October 22.
While adopting a healthy lifestyle may not be at the top of the “to do” list right now, here are a few additional simple steps Toronto Public Health recommends you take to protect yourself from the flu:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.
- Avoid close contact with persons who are sick with the flu.
*The flu shot is covered by OHIP. Out-of-province and international students are advised to verify coverage with your insurance provider.
If You Do Get Sick…
If you do get sick, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and stay home. If you are a missing class, please let your instructor know. If you are missing a deliverable for class, please ensure that you submit an Attending Physician’s Statement.
[box type=”note”]The above post was informed by the Mental Health at York University blog, used with permission.[/box]