Staying Healthy in Fall 2013

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

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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

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Tip #2: Take a Break and Do Something for YOU

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  • 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.

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Tip #3: Avoid Cramming

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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Tip #5: Keep Calm

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  • 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

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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.

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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]

2013-10-28T08:00:05+00:00 October 28th, 2013|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , , |

2 Comments

  1. Isabel October 31, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I think your link to the free yoga sessions actually goes to the Calendar of Events at the University of York in the UK.

  2. Bori October 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Isabel, thanks for catching that. Apologies for the error and please note the corrected event listing above – weekly on Thursday afternoons at York U (Keele Campus).

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