Finding Balance at School

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019

Author: Priya Narine


Multiple students walking on campus in front of CRX

There are many different considerations to make when thinking about your wellness and your success.

Stay active

You don’t need to have the physical prowess of an athlete to enjoy all of uOttawa’s amenities—whatever your experience or skill level, you can find something that works for you. As a student, you have full access to sports and fitness facilities such as the Montpetit Fitness Centre, the Health and Lifestyle Centre at the Minto Sports Complex, the aquatic centre and a number of group fitness classes, instructional courses, and drop-in activities. There are also a number of on-campus health services to keep you feeling your best.

Get involved

Making time for extracurricular activities can enrich your learning and growth. Try intramurals if you’re looking to make new friends or if you’d like to spend some extra time with a group of people you already know. Explore the variety of events happening on campus, there is something for all tastes. Connect with one of the many clubs and associations. Volunteering is another way to get involved, find fulfilment in giving back and in fostering relationships.

Focus on wellness

We all thrive towards emotional balance, but that becomes challenging when school, friends, work, family, relationships, and all other aspects of life compete for our attention. Remember to take time to focus on yourself, explore tools like TAO, an online platform for self-help, and if you need support, come chat with a counsellor that has your wellbeing at heart at the walk-in clinic. If you’re looking for a little pick me up, check out pet therapy (an extra dose of cuteness can go a long way!)

Be money smart

Good financial planning can help you avoid financial anxiety so you can focus on your studies. Want to chat with experts? Visit an RBC representative at their booth at the Learning Crossroad Building (CRX).

It’s never too early to start building the skills necessary for the job market. Build your resumé, keep busy, and make a few extra dollars by finding a job on-campus.

Stay sharp

Find out about opportunities within and outside of your faculty to broaden your knowledge and open your mind. Challenge yourself to experience new things, to explore and to grow. For additional academic support, visit the Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC), the library and your faculty’s Mentoring Centre.

Protect and sustain

We are all part of a bigger picture, and it’s important to find ways to contribute to the health of our planet. Learn about how you can play a role in sustainability. The campus Free Store is a great way to have some fun while reducing your carbon footprint.

Nurture your spiritual health

Health and wellness apply not only to the body and mind but also to one's spirit. Enhance your spiritual wellness by engaging in activities that connect your mind and body such as prayers, yoga, and guided meditation. Join a community that shares your values and beliefs

Be sure to take full advantage of what the University has to offer you to help you stay healthy and find balance across all the important dimensions of your life. To learn more, read up on the seven pillars of wellness.
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