Wellness Week - January 22-26, 2018

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January 22-26, join us for Wellness Week!

uOttawa is once again holding its famous Wellness Week, but with a new schedule this year! January 22-26, kick off the winter semester with some fun and relaxing activities, or take the opportunity to learn about wellbeing and mental health in fun and insightful ways (or both!).

Activities for all (students, professors, staff)

Monday - January 22

Monday - January 22

Wellness Week Launch - Depression: The Comedy, with Jessica Holmes

Come kick off Wellness Week with this honest and witty comedy show by comedian Jessica Holmes!

Comedian Jessica Holmes

This is a frank and hilarious account of how it took Jessica Holmes two years to get diagnosed as depressed. Jessica’s story relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?”


Yoga

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Like all Mondays, join us for a FREE yoga session offered to you by Art of Living. Health Services provides extra yoga mats if you do not have one. Make sure to bring your water bottle to stay well hydrated! 

Tuesday - January 23

Tuesday - January 23

Students getting massages during the 2016 Wellness Week

Mini-Massages

Muscle tension getting to you? Stressed? Come and relax with a mini-massage!

  • When : Tuesday, January 23 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where : UCU Terminus
  • Cost: Free (No registration required)

Badminton: The Longest Rally Challenge

Badminton rackets and shuttlecock

The longest rally competition will be played between you and one partner on opposing courts. You have one minute (60s) to pass the shuttlecock as many times as you can, staying in bounds, and not dropping it. You must alternate hits with your partner. Your final tally will be posted on the Longest Rally Board. You may repeat your attempt as many times as you choose. You must have a witness for your attempt to count.

  • When: Tuesday January 23 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (repeats on Thursday January 25)
  • Where: Gym #3
  • Prize: 4-month all-inclusive membership
  • Cost: Free

Pet Therapy

A student is petting a therapy dog.

Love dogs? Are you stressed? Come and relax with our certified therapy dogs.

  • When: Tuesday January 23 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Where: UCU Terminus – TBC
  • Cost: Free (No registration required)
Wednesday - January 24

Wednesday - January 24

Movies for Mental Health

Three heads filled with a garden and an old-time projector.

Join us for a (free) workshop promoting mental health through art with discussions on de-stigmatization and community resources. On January 24th 2018, the University of Ottawa is giving you the opportunity to share your thoughts on mental health and learn from mental health leaders in our community through conversation inspired by short films.

  • When: Wednesday January 24 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm OR 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: EventBrite
  • More info: https://www.uottawa.ca/wellness/take-part-movies-mental-health-workshop

A pile of multi-color rocks

Guided Meditation

Like all Wednesdays, join us for a FREE meditation session offered to you by Art of Living. Sessions are offered to all students and employees on campus. Make sure to bring your water bottle to stay well hydrated! 


Drawing on the right side of the brain

Colored pencils in a pencil holder.

Enhance your creativity, problem solving abilities, and capacity to view the 'whole-picture' with the visual-thinking skills acquired through drawing. In this workshop, based on the widely respected "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain'" by Betty Edwards, discover the importance of using the brain’s right hemisphere, when emphasis is increasingly placed on the left (all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.). Enjoy drawing exercises that will enable you to experience the cognitive shift from dominant left-hemisphere mode to subdominant right mode and train your perception to improve your creative thinking. No drawing skills required.

  • When: Wednesday January 24 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: MRT 141
  • Cost: Free (No registration required)

A student is petting a therapy dog.

Pet Therapy

Love dogs? Are you stressed? Come and relax with our certified therapy dogs.

  • When: Thursday January 25 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Where: UCU Terminus – TBC
  • Cost: Free (No registration required)

     

Thursday - January 25

Thursday - January 25

Smiling students in the Minto Arena

Active on Ice

Come skate with the Health Promotion team at the Minto Complex. Best part of it? IT'S FREE! See you on the ice and don't forget to bring your own skates! This activity is held every Thursday afternoon (between 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm)!


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Board games and photo wall fun

Have a chance to relax and enjoy a fun board game from the Media Centre (selection of top 10 games). Also, come take a few fun pics in front of our photo wall!

  • When: Thursday January 25 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Morisset (MRT) 153
  • Cost : Free (No registration required)
Someone playing with a rubik's cube

 

Puzzles, colouring: “what do you do for wellness?”

Partake in some quiet and reflective activities.

  • When: Thursday January 25 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Morisset (MRT) 143
  • Cost : Free (No registration required)
Someone playing with an XBox controller.

 

Video games

Let off some steam by playing some video games!

  • When: Thursday January 25 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Morisset (MRT) 141
  • Cost : Free (No registration required)

Badminton: The Longest Rally Challenge

Badminton rackets and shuttlecocks

The longest rally competition will be played between you and one partner on opposing courts. You have one minute (60s) to pass the shuttlecock as many times as you can, staying in bounds, and not dropping it. You must alternate hits with your partner. Your final tally will be posted on the Longest Rally Board. You may repeat your attempt as many times as you choose. You must have a witness for your attempt to count.

  • When: Thursday January 25 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (also held earlier in the week, on Tuesday January 23)
  • Where: Gym #3
  • Prize: 4-month all-inclusive membership
  • Cost: Free
Friday - January 26

Friday - January 26

A student is petting a therapy dog.

Pet Therapy

Love dogs? Are you stressed? Come and relax with our certified therapy dogs.

  • When: Friday January 26 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Where: 90 University (90U), room 152
  • Cost: Free (No registration required)

Make the Best of Stress

Five university students are talking around a table.

Are you experiencing stress? Why does stress makes you feel so awful? What causes stress? Learn tricks to manage stress, including mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, and relaxation exercises, as well as to prioritize and set goals.

When: Friday January 26 – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Where: Fauteux (FTX) 361

Cost : Free

Registration : TBC

Activities for professors

Activities for support staff

Important notice

Photographs and film footage may be taken during the Wellness Week’s events, which may include your recognizable image. By participating in these events, you consent to being photographed or filmed and authorize the University to use the photographs or film in print, digital, video or web-based format for its promotional and archival purposes. For further information, email mieuxetre.wellness@uOttawa.ca.

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