Your well-being matters.
Whether you are a new or returning student, life of an aspiring engineer includes a lot of changes.
The university experience can be filled with excitement, relationships, learning, but also stress. For some it may be the first time living away from home, moving to a new city, being in charge of your schedule, meeting new people, as well as being challenged with lab assignments and numerous deadlines.
One of the most helpful things a student can do to manage stress is to engage in regular self-care:
• Create a regular schedule – aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, eat a balanced diet, and do physical activities you enjoy.
• Try different activities to relax - walk, journal, enjoy nature, listen to music, meditate, take study breaks.
• Socialize with people you enjoy spending time with such as friends or family.
5 Tips for better sleep:
1. Make your room ideal for sleep by decreasing noise and light as well as keeping your room cool and comfortable.
2. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day.
3. Try various calming activities before bed. Examples: read, deep breathing, stretch, calm music, warm shower.
4. Increase regular physical activity during the day.
5. If you can’t fall sleep avoid watching the clock.
Engineering Wellness Week is from November 27th – December 1st
It is essential to take care of yourself especially during high stress times. This semester’s wellness week, Nov 27-Dec 1, has a variety of activities to promote student wellness. Among other activities, students can relax with dogs, enjoy a paint night, play games, and do yoga, or students can attend a workshop to learn to manage anxious thoughts, or what foods will help them perform during exams. There is something for everyone!
See below for the events that require registration and click here for the full calendar of events.
Free paint workshop, limited space available (LiveWell)
5 – 7pm, Donadeo 8A Mezzanine (8A-292)
Targeting Anxious Thoughts
Free workshop (CCS)
4:30 - 6 pm, ETLC Solarium
Free workshop and snacks (Speaking of Healthy Eating)
12 pm - 1 pm, Donadeo 8A East Mezzanine (8A-222)
Free Wellness Handouts
Check out handouts that highlight coping strategies for concerns such as test anxiety, procrastination, sleep difficulties and more.
Creating a Healthy, Scent-free Environment
The U of A Faculty of Engineering is a scent and fragrance-free environment. Due to health concerns arising from exposure to scented products, we are committed to providing a scent-free environment for all students, employees and visitors in engineering buildings. Visit our Scent Free website for resources and details.
Make your self-care a priority.
It’s important that you know there are resources to support you, and asking for help is a healthy coping skill.
The University of Alberta has various services to support the physical and mental wellbeing of students.
Click here for more campus mental health supports.
Free Wellness Workshops