Engineering Wellness Program

Winter 2022 Engineering Wellness Week

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Engineering Wellness Week returns with a line up of programming and events that aim to support the mental health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. 

Register, attend, provide feedback, win a prize!

By providing feedback on each event you attend, your name will be entered to win a prize. Each prize will include a gift card for a healthy meal, a fun activity and an item of Engineering swag. Please see each event description for individual prizes.

One prize will be awarded for each event, as well as a grand prize. By providing feedback your name will be entered into the draw for the event prize, as well as the grand prize. Prize winners will be notified on March 25, 2022.

Engineering Wellness Week Grand Prize: 1 year subscription to Calm App, a Gift Card to Hello Fresh, two Choice Attraction Passes to West Edmonton Mall (valid for admission to Galaxyland Amusement Park or World Waterpark) and a Spotify Gift Card.

Provide your event feedback here.

Questions? Email engglife@ualberta.ca

HAPPINESS APPRECIATION AWARDS

Days of Action
March 14, 15, 16 & 17, virtual

International Day of Happiness is celebrated internationally on March 20th and recognizes happiness as a fundamental human goal and vital tool that can be used to help measure personal success.

Take a moment to encourage someone in our campus community by nominating them for an Happiness Award — how have they contributed to your happiness or helped you out over the course of the year? You can also nominate someone who may need some cheering up. To nominate someone, all you have to do is tell us how they contribute happiness to our community. The recipient will then receive an e-card that includes their happiness award and your anonymous message (if you opt to share) describing how they've brightened your day.

Nominations close at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday March 17, 2022. Received nominations will be sent to recipients the afternoon of March 18th, 2022.

To participate, click here.

 

YOGA FOR PEACE OF MIND

Free Yoga Class (Counselling and Clinical Services)
March 14 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MT, virtual

This yoga class is designed for students to develop or complement their existing wellness strategies. Being informed by the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern science, this class utilizes meditation, movement and breathwork to cultivate mindful awareness through stilling the mind and training attention. These drop-in classes are offered on a weekly basis and students can continue to attend outside of Engineering Wellness Week if they wish to! Please register at least 72 hours in advance.

Event Prize: Skip the Dishes and Saje Wellness

To participate, register here. Please register at least 72 hours in advance.

 

PI DAY TRIVIA NIGHT

Trivia Game (Faculty of Engineering)
March 14 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm MT, virtual

Celebrate March 14th (3.14) Pi day by testing your trivia knowledge. Hosted by the Engineering Wellness Team in collaboration with the Engineering Students Society’s Health and Wellness team, come test your skills. Whether you’re a wiz at math or a genius of history, see if you can outscore your peers to claim the prize! For this event, there will be an additional prize available for the winner.

Event Prize: Tim Hortons and Indigo
Winner’s Prize: Starbucks and Cineplex

To participate, register here.

 

ENGINEERING ART SHOW

Opening Ceremonies (ESS)
March 14 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm MT, virtual

The opening ceremony marks the beginning of the Engineering Art Show events. Student and Faculty representatives will be invited to give an overview on our events. Paint by Circles will be an ongoing project open for submission during the entire Art Show.

Event Prize: Remedy and Royal Alberta Museum

More information available here.

 

SOLVE A COLD CASE FILE

Free Detective Game (Faculty of Engineering)
March 15 - 11:00 am - 12:20 pm MT, virtual

Work as a private investigator to solve a fictitious cold case. Students can work individually or in teams to comb through witness statements, accident reports and surveillance footage to find the lies, catch the real killer and clear the name of an innocent man! Players must complete 3 seperate objectives in order to gain new evidence and solve the mystery. This event will also have a prize for the first detective to solve the case before the end of Engineering Wellness Week! While the case is fictitious, it does deal with real world topics that some may find upsetting.

Event Prize: Freshii and Escape Hour Escape Rooms
Winner’s Prize: Press’d Sandwich and Hexagon Board Game Café

To participate, register here.

 

LAUGHTER YOGA

Free Yoga Class (Days of Action)
March 15 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MT, virtual

Laughter Yoga is an exercise for wellness originating from the work of Dr. Madan Kataria in Mumbai. Learn more about this practice with a local practitioner.  This presentation is part of programming for International Happiness Day, through the Days of Action Committee.

Event Prize: Edo Japan and Lululemon

To participate, register here.

 

BEGINNER CARDIO KICKBOXING

Free Fitness Class (Campus and Community Recreation)
March 16 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT, virtual

This class focuses on learning and practicing the basic techniques of boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. It is designed to help participants develop confidence in their abilities, by learning essential skills such as proper stance/footwork; basic punches and kicks; blocking and parrying, and counter-attacking.

Event Prize: Opa! and Sportchek

To participate, register here.

 

COLLECTIVE TEA TIME: WHAT IS HAPPINESS TO YOU?

Hot drinks, Conversation and Support (Unitea)
March 16 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT, virtual

The International Day of Happiness recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal and vital tool that can be used to help measure personal success. In celebration of this, talk with other students on March 16 from 12 pm - 1 pm about the many facets of happiness outside of academic or financial success and how they impact you.

Event Prize: David’s Tea and Cat Café on Whyte Ave

To participate, click here.

 

TAKE A BREAK

Free virtual games (Faculty of Engineering)
March 16 - 12:00 - 3:00 pm MT, virtual

Join us for some online games and other fun! Come to socialize with friends or partake in some friendly competition in various free online games! Manage stress through relaxation and fun.

Event Prize: Dorinku and Telus World of Science

To help us gauge interest, please register here.

 

ENGINEERING ART SHOW

Bob Ross Paint Night (ESS)
March 16 - 5:30 - 8:30 pm MT, virtual

The Engineering Art Show is hosting a Bob Ross Paint Night on March 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm via Zoom, where participants can paint by following the Paint Night lead! Participants may obtain the painting materials by themselves and request for a $15 reimbursement from the Art Show Team. Digital media are also encouraged.

Event Prize: Booster Juice and Crankpots

For more information and to register, click here.

 

YOGA FOR PEACE OF MIND

Free Yoga Class (Counselling and Clinical Services)
March 17 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MT, virtual

This yoga class is designed for students to develop or complement their existing wellness strategies. Being informed by the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern science, this class utilizes meditation, movement and breathwork to cultivate mindful awareness through stilling the mind and training attention. These drop-in classes are offered on a weekly basis and students can continue to attend outside of Wellness Week if they wish to!

Event Prize: Subway and Lush

To participate, register here. Please register at least 72 hours in advance.

 

IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Free Workshop (Counselling and Clinical Services)
March 18 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am MT, virtual

This workshop explores a common tendency to feel like an impostor or a fraud in academia (and other achievement-centered contexts). Participants will learn about the factors underlying these beliefs, have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions, and learn ways to challenge these beliefs and feel more comfortable with roles, achievements, accolades, and outcomes in academic pursuits.

Event Prize: Khazana and Plaza Bowling Co.

To participate, register here.

 

BEGINNER ZUMBA

Free Fitness Class (Campus and Community Recreation)
March 18 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT, virtual

Interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a zumba class!

Event Prize: Chopped Leaf and Yeg Cycle

To participate, register here.

 

PLANT NIGHT

DIY Plant Workshop (ESS)
March 18 - 5:00 - 6:30 pm MT, ETLC Solarium

An opportunity for engineering students to come in and assemble their own plant to take home. The ESS will provide all materials needed (jars, dirt, plants, etc.). Registration is required to attend. There is a $5 fee to cover the plants (payment accepted at the GEER Store), but the only other thing students need to bring is the willingness to get their hands (literally) dirty! The event will take place at 5pm on March 18th in the ETLC Solarium.

Event Prize: Thai Express and Little Plant Shop

To participate, register here.

 

ENGINEERING ART SHOW

Talent Show (ESS)
March 18 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm MT, virtual

The Engineering Art Show will be hosting a Talent Show Competition via YouTube where Engineering students can perform or submit performance videos in advance for participants to watch. The set will last 2 hours and incentives will be given out to viewers throughout the event. Participants will get to rank performers in the submitted video and live performance categories and the performers with the most points in each category will receive a prize.

Event Prize: Second Cup and Cineplex

For more information and to register, click here.

 


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Your well-being matters. Collectively, the Faculty of Engineering has created the Engineering Wellness Program to promote and aid in the health and wellness of our community. Throughout the year, the Engineering Wellness Program is actively involved in initiatives that aim to promote the overall well-being of our community members. Learn more.
 
Our mission: to foster an Engineering culture of caring, collaboration, belonging, and resilience.
 
Winter term 2022, modified wellness events such as Take a Break and Engineering Wellness Week may be offered. These programs and events will be planned to ensure the health and safety of our community is of paramount importance.
 

Wellness Tips

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 well-being.

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.

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
  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.

More tips from Counselling and Clinical Services

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

Collaborations 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