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Student Wellness

Wellness Wednesdays is a semester long campaign aimed at supporting students through their academic journey. We have events planned for every Wednesday of the semester. We will be posting the events monthly, so check back to see what else we have in store for you to enjoy!

Wellness Wednesdays Schedule

February

Self Awareness and Seasonal Depression- Tips for Coping with Winter Blues

February 3rd, 2021

4:00PM-5:00PM

As the winter season hits, we all experience a lack of sunlight, a lull in social activity, a drop in temperature and a rise in illness. This year, this will be compounded with the isolation experienced in a pandemic. Many students and staff already deal with the winter blues (or seasonal depression) and are already anxious about how the current climate will exacerbate this already unpleasent exerience of Winter. In this session, staff who suffer from these conditions will discuss tips and tricks on how to manage your winter blues and stay on track for a successful semester ahead.

 

Self & Community Care

February 10th, 2021

1:00PM-2:00PM

In this workshop, students will learn how to identify whether they are feeling stressed, and discuss ways of reducing and managing their stress. An emphasis will be put on self-care and understanding why self-care is important not only for themselves but how it can have an impact on everyone they interact with. The different dimensions of self-care will be discussed, and a the workshop will end with a focus on mindfulness, and how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress and improve wellness.

 

Creating Successful Work/Study Spaces

February 24th, 2021

5:00pm-6:00pm

Our surroundings have a bigger influence on our mental health than we think! Come out and learn some helpful tips to keep a tidy workspace and peace of mind

March

Embracing a Zoom World

March 3rd, 2021

10:00AM-12:00PM

Are you feeling tired or unmotivated this semester? Do you feel overwhelmed with all the zoom sessions? We may have the solution to help you embrace this new zoom world. Join our session to receive tips on how to stay motivated and present your best self!

 

(Un)Motivation 101: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose

March 17th, 2021

10:00AM-11:00AM

Are you feeling less motivated than ever?

Would you like to feel a greater sense of purpose when thinking about the day ahead?

The workshop titled (Un)Motivation 101: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose aims to help students get to the root of what is making them feel unmotivated and will empower them to stay on track. This interactive workshop will focus on addressing barriers to motivation and how to overcome them. Participants will leave the session with tools and resources that will help them find and follow their purpose every day.

 

Mind Body and Spirit: Strategies for Coping and Thriving

March 10th, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM

At Ryerson we strive to allow students to find new ways to tackle university life in a less stressful manner. Even virtually we continue to create events that allow students to learn new ways and techniques to cope with all kinds of stress. The event brings in religious leaders from different religious groups who bring their advice and wisdom from their teachings to educate students on new methods to help ease stress in their lives. Join us to learn new ways to thrive and cope during your academic journey at Ryerson and share these techniques with your family and friends.

 

Rest as Resistance

March 31st, 2021

1:00PM-2:00PM

Join a workshop exploring the topic of rest as a form of resistance to racial and social injustice. Learn how as BIPOC and allies we need to prioritize time and space for rest and sleep.

 

April

Healthy Self-Talk

April 7th, 2021

1:00PM-2:00PM

When stress hits, some of us use negative self-talk as a means to bully ones self into productivity, but this strategy can take a huge hit on your self-esteem and your wellbeing. Romantisizing stress perpetuates a glorification of stress and burn out that is detrimental to our overall health. In this session we are going to be discussing several coping mechanisms for increasing positivity and improving your overall mental health during stressful seasons in life. We will be discussing the role of positivity, appreciation and self-gratitude in your life moving forward. You will be able to use the information provideded in this session to help you prepare for the upcoming stressors of midterms and exams so that you can care for your own wellbeing throughout this time effectively.

 

One Year Down: Planning for this Summer and Beyond

April 14th, 2021

4:00PM-5:00PM

You've survived another semester. There's undoubtedly things you've done well or maybe not so well. So whether you're hitting the job market, Spring/Summer classes or just hanging out this Summer, let's explore where we've been through some reflective activities and set ourselves up for success moving forward.

 

Week Against Burnout

A Week Against Burnout (WAB) is 5 days of awareness raising and support aimed at promoting intentional wellness practices, sustainable study habits, and thoughtful planning for the next exam period so that students can avoid cramming as much as possible. It’s an invitation to all Ryerson students to check in, make a plan, schedule the study breaks/opportunities to connect with peers/opportunities for inspiration that they need, and finish off this wild year as strong as possible!

Effective Revisions and Editing 

Tuesday March 23nd, 2021

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Many student writers neglect the revision process and may not appreciate its importance to the writing process. This workshop will emphasize the importance of revision and provide strategies for doing this effectively. All students can benefit from this workshop.

TMP Cook Along

Tuesday, March 23nd, 2021

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Join the Tri-Mentoring Program in celebrating Nutrition Month at our VIRTUAL COOK-A-LONG! We invite all students to participate and learn how to cook an easy, nutritious, budget friendly dish. The recipe and grocery list will be emailed to those who RSVP on ConnectRU prior to the event!

Coffee and Writing for Grad Students

Wednesday March 24th

2:00 - 4:00PM

Turn off your phones for 3 hours and join us for weekly silent graduate writing sessions. We will not be talking, reading or whispering. We will be writing non-stop for three hours. An expert writing tutor will be available to help you set goals, stay accountable, and move through any specific writing blocks. Register on ConnectRU.

Study Skills Against Procrastination: Test and Exam Workshop!

Wednesday March 24th

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Want to study more efficiently? Anxious about exams? Join us for a session filled with wise practices for planning and completing your studies in the lead up to exams.

English Language Conversation Group 

Wednesday March 24th

1:00PM - 2:00PM

For students who use English as an additional language. These weekly group sessions build oral fluency and interpersonal communication skills through group discussions, real-life tasks, and presentations. Register on ConnectRU.

Social Justice Writing Group

Wednesday March 24th

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Want to write like an activist? Join this weekly writing group for the opportunity to get together with peers to discuss and write about social justice issues as they relate to academic writing and research. Register on the SLS Booking tool.

Coffee and Writing for Grad Students

Thursday March 25th

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Turn off your phones for 3 hours and join us for weekly silent graduate writing sessions. We will not be talking, reading or whispering. We will be writing non-stop for three hours. An expert writing tutor will be available to help you set goals, stay accountable, and move through any specific writing blocks. Register on ConnectRU.

Intro to Managing Tasks and Time

Thursday March 25th

12:00PM - 1:00PM

For students who need extra help managing their semester so that long- and short-term academic goals are met! Register on the SLS Booking tool.

East and South-East Asian-identified Students Support Group

Thursday March 25th

10:30AM - 12:00PM

A brave space for asian-identified students to share unfiltered feelings about actions against Asian community. 

Taking care of ourselves and our communities is essential to our wellbeing. This support group is part of a Week Against Burnout.

Virtual Therapy Dogs

Friday March 26th

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Join us for a half hour of puppy love with Therapy Dogs presented by RU Leadership! Register on ConnectRU.

ISS Peer Social: Game Night!

Friday March 26th

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Connect with other international students and staff for some games designed to reduce stress and promote self-care! Register on ConnectRU.

Group Mentoring for Indigenous Students

Friday March 26th

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Community connection and support are essential for your success, however you may define it! Register on ConnectRU.

Friendly Fridays: Meet and Mingle!

Friday March 26th

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Connect 1-on-1 with your Ryerson peers: participate in multiple rounds of conversation with different students and answer fun and friendly questions! Register on ConnectRU.

TMP’s Muslim Women Session

Friday March 26th

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Come for friendly discussion with other Muslim women! This week’s conversation will be about prominent Black Muslims. 

There will be a Kahoot game and prizes! Register on ConnectRU.