Engineering Student Wellness Program

Engineering Wellness Week Schedule of Events

* Please note that events marked with an asterisk have limited space and registration is required.

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.

The Engineering Wellness Program is here to promote and aid in the health and wellness of our students through the implementation of activities and events. We hope that, as a community, we can facilitate a culture of resilience, support, and belonging. 

Wellness Tips for Students

  • Self-Care

    What is Self-Care?

    Taking care of yourself - mentally, physically, and emotionally - will help you to maintain a more balanced life as a student and be resilient in the face of challenges and heavy workloads. Self-care is intentional and involves doing something for yourself that you know will be beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

    What activities in your life bring you joy, relaxation, fulfillment, energy?

    A significant part of self-care involves being self aware of the emotions we’re feeling and how we are coping with stressful situations. Reflect on what your needs are and what actions or activities will bring healing and strength when stress is presenting itself.

    Feeling exhausted and run down? What can you do to energize yourself?

    Why practice Self-Care?

    1. Manages stress
    2. Increases stamina
    3. Boosts immune system
    4. Decreases anxiety
    5. Increases capacity to care for others
    6. Makes you more productive
    7. Establishes boundaries for yourself and for others

    How?

    1. Pack a healthy lunch/snack
    2. Take a break
    3. Ask for help!
    4. Go for a walk
    5. Meditate/Pray
    6. Sing
    7. Think of three things you are grateful for
    8. Watch a movie
    9. Sleep
    10. Declutter your room
    11. Work out
    12. Make your bed
    13. Listen to music
    14. Read a book other than your textbook
  • Sleep Tips
    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, listen to a podcast.
    4. Increase regular physical activity during the day.
    5. If you can’t fall asleep, avoid watching the clock or going on your phone.
  • Staying Healthy
    1. Fuel yourself with healthy food and drink choices
    2. Exercise - check out our University Activity Guide
    3. Make sleep a priority
    4. Wash your hands
    5. Get your flu shot - check out the University Health Centre
    6. Drink lots of water
    7. Rent a bike - check out the Bike Library
  • Studying
    1. Create/join a study group
    2. Become more prepared by developing a study schedule 
    3. Rely on your self-care routine to keep you energized and motivated.
    4. Take breaks and stay positive!
    5. Create a study space that meets your needs. Consider:
      • - Lighting
      • - Distractions (electronics, clutter, comfy bed)
      • - Is it a shared space?
      • - Noise level
      • - Healthy snacks at the ready!
  • Working with Groups

    "Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people." -- Steve Jobs

    Group-work/collaborative learning is a significant aspect of curriculum and is an opportunity for you to develop skills in working with a team to achieve a common goal. Working with others also allows you to share the workload and support one another. However, it’s common knowledge that group-work often poses many challenges. Here are some tips to help you navigate the intricacies of working as a team and succeed!

    1. Meet with your group right away and discuss each others roles
    2. Have each member define success - what does success mean for you? A plus? Equal effort? Healthy collaboration?
    3. Become a cohesive team - give your team a name, talk about your interests and hobbies, what has student life been like for each member, etc.
    4. Take responsibility for your own contribution to the group - show up on time, complete your tasks.
    5. Communicate suggestions and/or problems effectively with your group