March Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and wellbeing.This month, we focus on mental wellbeing amidst the continuing pandemic and its challenges. Learn about pandemic fatigue and how to over come it, how to stop stress eating and make healthier choices easier, and participate in yoga for mental health.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Register through the LearnCentre by clicking register and then using the “enroll” button on the top right. New to LearnCentre? Access LearnCentre and scroll down to view this event under available sessions.

Pandemic Fatigue

Vincent Agyapong, Department of Psychiatry
Wednesday, March 3

In the past 11 months we’ve been asked to stay home, stay away from family and friends, change our daily routines and adopt new ‘normals’ when out in public. You may find yourself growing weary of the all guidelines. Join us for a session where we discuss pandemic fatigue including what causes it and the stressors impacting mental health, as well as mental health and wellbeing strategies to help manage the increased mental load associated with the pandemic.


The Science of Happiness

Megan Hunter, EFAP
Tuesday, March 9

Scientific studies have shown that 50% of our individual differences in happiness are determined by our genes, 10% by our life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities. This session will introduce participants to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and mental well-being even during challenging times. 


Financial Planning: How to Get Rich Slowly

Ron Graham, EFAP
Wednesday, March 17

The information in this session is geared towards those in their 20’s and early 30’s and is intended to provide some basic financial planning knowledge. Net worth, cash flow, goals, savings, and investments will be discussed in order to help you answer the questions – “where am I now, where do I want to be, and how do I get there?” 


Stress and Nutrition: Stop Stress Eating

Sabina Valentine, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Tuesday, March 23

The pandemic has meant long periods of time at home. This can lead to boredom, which combined with stress and close proximity to the kitchen can easily lead to snacking. But it also provides us an opportunity to make changes that will help improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Join us for a session where we talk about stress and its impact on our eating habits, and how to make healthier choices easier. 


Yoga for Mental Wellbeing

Kat Boehm, Campus and Community Recreation
Tuesday, March 30

The scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health and wellbeing. During this session participants can expect slow and sustained postures with a focus on controlled breathing, while working up a bit of heat. A short mindfulness exercise will close out the session, to help refocus participants for the rest of their day. 

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