Well Being at Home

Sport & Recreation at Home

Sport & Recreation is committed to ensuring the community has access to resources that contribute to increased health and wellness

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The state of well-being encompasses many dimensions in our lives and KPU identifies six as important for positive health and well-being including: financial, social, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. During different times in your life there may be certain dimensions that are more prominently effected due to your age, society or educational status. There are many tools and resources that can aide you through these difficult times. Resources and links below are added to provide you with the support and tools you need to bring yourself back to a happy balanced you. 

As we adjust our lives to more on-screen connections, many people are finding they are dealing with virtual fatigue also known as Zoom fatigue.

Most people are working or studying from home and their work meetings or classes are hosted by a virtual platform. In most cases, we are also using those same platforms to connect with friends and family outside of work and school time. This in turn is causing many to feel the overload of spending copious amounts of time sitting and in front of a screen, more so than usual.

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Virtual Fatigue

Allow Transition Time. Give yourself time in between online calls/meetings as you would normally in the workplace. Instead of allowing “travel” time to get to your next meeting, you are allowing yourself time to break up screen time, refresh and stretch.
Stretch. Getting up from your chair to do a few stretches as our body gets stiff when in the same position for long periods of time. (Check out the Exercises for Low Back Pain as well as our Desk Stretches Guide for some ideas) 
Use the best platform. Consider what the best form of communication is. Can this call be made over the phone instead of on video?
Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break! As we all adapt to our new normal with work tasks and meetings, our lives have all changed.
Find Balance. Add some ‘real world’ balancing moments into your day. Get fresh air, sunlight and drink lots of water. With the increase of virtual meetings and talking, water will help to keep yourself hydrated.

 

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Cannabis On Campus

KPU Student Health Promotion, in collaboration with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office and KPU International, is excited to announce the launch of Cannabis on Campus, a campus-wide educational tool that aims to provide KPU students, staff and faculty with information and resources about cannabis. On this website, you will find information about cannabis laws in British Columbia, relevant KPU policies for expectations while on campus, answers to frequently asked questions, and a variety of on and off-campus resources.

To check out this new resource, please visit: www.kpu.ca/cannabis-on-campus

For more information, please contact: studenthealth@kpu.ca

Out in Schools is BC's award-winning education program that engages students of all ages on issues of homophobia, transphobia and bullying.

KPU Student Health Promotion is happy to announce that Out in Schools will be hosting a virtual workshop on Wednesday, June 24th from 1-3PM. This workshop will use film and video with facilitated group discussion to inspire attendees to step into the challenges and the triumphs of LGBT2Q+ communities. Participants will be invited to ask questions and engage in the discussions to create and support more inclusive environments towards LGBT2Q+ people.

To RSVP, please email studenthealth@kpu.ca

This event is proudly sponsored by The President’s Diversity and Equity Committee (PDEC). There will be two additional opportunities to participate in these workshops in the Fall, so stay tuned!

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Out in Schools

 

Keep.meSAFE provides all KPU students with 24/7 Professional Counselling. Access to a large, diverse network of professional counsellors matches your unique circumstances with a counsellor who understands these experiences, in your preferred language and culture. Counsellors can provide immediate support and referral to address a range of concerns. For further information visit: https://www.kpu.ca/keepmesafe

 

Working or studying from home can mean that we are sitting at our desks a whole lot more than we used to be. Staying in one position for long periods of time can contribute to discomfort and health issues including, lower back, neck and shoulder pain.

The good news is that moving or stretching is a habit we can build into our day! Besides keeping muscles flexible, strong and healthy, stretching has also been shown to reduce stress and increase mental acuity.

If you are pressed for time, there are stretches that you can do from your desk. Check out the Sport & Recreation stretching guide for a list of quick stretches.

Remember to breathe normally throughout the stretches. With each stretch, you may find yourself more flexible but don’t go further than is comfortable.

 

 

Take a peek at our Spring 2020 Article on the benefits of sleep and a few tips to help you create a consistent routine! (click image to enlarge)

The Importance of Sleep During Stressful Times

There’s no better way to start your day than waking up in the morning after a great night’s sleep. However, during stressful times it is not uncommon to experience a decrease in the quality and quantity of sleep we receive. With increasing financial pressures, concern over loved ones and the lack of social engagement due to physical distancing, many of us will experience some form of stress.

As our minds wrap around the new societal norms, it is not uncommon for many of us to experience a disruption to our sleep patterns or decline in sleep quality. Sleep experts suggest that major life changes often contribute to people experiencing powerful and vivid dreams – experts add that this could suggest an emotional impact on the individual.

If you are suffering from a lack of sleep this can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health. It may increase the risk of depression and in extreme cases, lead to health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. That said, achieving a restful sleep can boost the immune system changing your day immensely. Sleep is our secret weapon!

It is important to understand that a disruption to sleep patterns is completely normal during periods of stress! Please do not panic if your sleep is disrupted or you find it hard to fall asleep. The tips below are here as resources and tricks to help you obtain more restful sleep throughout the night - especially during these challenging times.

  • Limit global news intake. This could be as little as checking in for 15 minutes a day or every other day. Keeping the news on all day can be depressing and put you in even more of a rut than before.

  • Keep a reflection/feelings journal. This is a great way to get things off your mind so you can continue with your day with weight lifted off your shoulders.

  • Focus on your breathing. Taking a few extra moments to take deep inhales and exhales can help calm you down, and get you back to your day.

  • Learn to Relax/Meditate. Taking time out of your day purposely for relaxing or meditating can help clear your mind of the stresses of the day. Sometimes relaxing is just as simple as taking a hot bath, lighting a candle, or curling up and reading a book and letting your mind escape into a new world.

  • Structure your day. Make a to do list of things to accomplish each day. This could be as simple as making the bed in the morning, or getting dressed for the day. By continuing your normal routine, you will have a sense of normalcy during a time of unpredictability.