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  • In his book ‘Wherever You Go There You Are’ mindfulness pioneer Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn stated that “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”. I think it’s safe to say that there have been some waves about this past while! While some are faring better in these times, the events undoubtedly affect us all. And with all these ripples and waves occurring, one thing is certain, we are being presented with many opportunities to develop our ‘surfing’ skills. 

  • This is a strange time for us all. But as is often the case, along with challenges, there are opportunities. So now that we’ve been doing this for a week or two at least, it’s time to implement some strategies to care for yourself, to declutter your mind and your space.

    If you have not applied a schedule for your days, now is a good time to do that. Pick a time to wake up and sleep time that is consistent day to day, within an hour or so. Take time to have a shower and get dressed in something you like, you’ll feel better for it. Eat well, consider learning how to cook some new things, perhaps with the time you are not spending commuting.  Remember that inexpensive ingredients like lentils, beans, and rice are versatile and tasty. Spend time cooking and eating together. If you live alone, make some dates with others to eat and cook together, by phone or by video chat. It might feel a bit weird at first, but we all need connection and support now - people will be glad you reached out.

  • In life there are few things we can actually count on. One thing we can always count on is change. Change is an inevitable part of life. The outbreak of COVID-19 has been a sudden change that everyone around the world is dealing with. No one anticipated just how much this outbreak would impact our day to day functioning. Many of us are facing isolation or practicing social distancing in an effort to do our part to “flatten the curve”. These sudden changes are bound to impact everyone. 


Health & Wellness

  • Nutrition Bite

    A lot of us have been self-isolating for a few weeks now and our diets may have taken a hit. Comfort foods have helped us cope through this period,but it may be time to tweak our food choices in a healthier direction. Have you ever considered the chickpea? Believe it or not, the roasted chickpea is both nutritious and delicious!

  • Benefits of Movement

    “Baby it’s cold outside”. Yes it feels like it’s time to break out the Christmas carols, however even with this cold spell it is still important for us to move our bodies. Getting outside may be challenging when we are in the minus digits, so if you haven’t tried yoga now is the time to give it a try. 

  • Nutrition Tips

    During this time of self-isolation and physical distancing it is more important than ever to stay healthy beginning with proper and safe nutrients. Because we are going to the grocery store less often, it is important to choose foods with a longer shelf life. Fresh, frozen or canned are all great food choices because they last a long time and are healthy for you.

  • Healthy Benefits of Walking

    Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. 


Indigenous Health

  • A Medicine Wheel Teaching: Sage

    In Indigenous teachings, suggestions for accessing the gift of Sacred Medicines from the Creator are offered. If people are aware of these gifts of medicine, and use them according to this ancient knowledge, then It becomes clear that Creator has provided us everything we need to thrive on Mother Earth. Of those Sacred gifts there are four medicines that have been used by Indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Tobacco, Cedar, Sweetgrass, and Sage are generally regarded by most Indigenous peoples as four of the most valuable - and powerful - medicines.

    Today we would like to offer you some information on Sage, and how it may help you. To start, here is a quote from John Summerly, nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner:   

    Sage’s textured leaves give off a heady aroma, which arises from sage’s essential oils. These oils are the source of the many benefits of sage tea for lung problems and common respiratory ailments. Sage tea is a traditional treatment for sore throats and coughs. The rich aromatic properties arising from sage’s volatile oils of thujone, camphor, terpene and salvene can be put to use by inhaling sage tea’s vapors to dispel lung disorders and sinusitis. Alternatively, brew a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a bowl or a vaporizer.

  • The Medicine Wheel

    In an effort to provide students with some “food for thought” with respect to alternative options for self-care at this time of significant change, Indigenous Services, and Student Health & Wellness, offers you the following teaching from “The Medicine Wheel.”

    The Medicine Wheel is a common element in Indigenous Cultures of North America. Though interpretation can vary significantly from Nation to Nation, students who apply themselves to Medicine Wheel teachings consistently arrive at the same place – harmony and balance within.