Welcome to our Orientation to Wellness. In this seminar you will learn, things like common themes and obstacles that first year students face. Strategies for your transition to university life. And also free resources available for you. So what about common feelings and experiences that students will face? Some are moving away from your family home. Living in residence or maybe even off campus for the first times. Developing new friends and socializing. Leaving your high school friend group and meeting a new group of people. Other common experiences including dating, whether its a long distance relationship or maybe a new one. And school pressures. New ways of studying, new subjects, co-op applications. And career and self-defining questions like – Who am I? And Where am I going? There’s also common feelings that everyone will have probably things like feeling fearful, but it will get better. And excitement – so please enjoy yourself. Sometimes you might even feel numb, and this will pass. And you will also feel proud and successfull. You’ve got this! You might also feel some loneliness but you are not alone. So what’s likely to change? Things like your identity Being away from your family allows you to further shape your own personal identity in things like interests, religions, politics and other things. Your independence. You may be managing your finances or your own household chores, cooking and personal wellness maybe for the first time. What about relationships? You may find yourself in new situations, or defining yourself in your peer group or romantically. What about cognitive development? You’ll certainly be learning new content and different ways of thinking about things. And of course there will be stress. You may need to learn new ways to cope with challenging life situations. And how to cope with change. It’s important to integrate and get connected with people and activities on campus. That is so important. Focusing on school work is important, but it is equally necessary to have a balance in your life. So it is important to meet new people maybe even join a club and build a support system. There are many supports and resources on or near our campus to help, things like advisors and friends and mentors and others. Stay connected with people at home. So stay in touch with people who were and continue to be supportive. People like parents, friends, maybe your siblings, people you looked up to back home. And ask for help when you need it. Some people struggle with this. But making it on your own does not mean never asking for help. It means deciding for yourself when and how to ask for the kind of help that you will find helpful and take that initiative. Some people struggle with perfectionism. And remember that everyone experiences setbacks or failure at some point in their lives. Consider your mindset. What mindset are you bringing with you into a situation? So some research from Carol Dweck shows that there are two main mindsets One is fixed. Where a student for whom performance is paramount. They want to look smart even if it means not learning something in the process. But the Growth mindset, where a student who focuses on learning and being willing to experience the effort and the struggle and maybe the failures that are part of the learning experience tends to do much better. So what about some basic self-care tips? Things like Sleep. Sleep is so important when you are trying to be successful. It impacts your mood, your energy level concentration. So try as best as you can to have consistent bed time and wake up time and create a comfortable sleeping environment for yourself. Studies have shown that sleeping well can absolutely help with academic performance. Nutrition. Don’t neglect your meals, especially in times of stress. So eat regularly and pack healthy snacks when you’re away from home. Exercise is very important. Keeping active on a regular basis. Even taking a stretch break every hour while studying or taking the stairs can make a big difference. And try to stay connected with the physical activities that you really enjoyed back in high school. Balance is so important. Keeping a healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit. Even when you are busy with school deadlines to make sure to schedule some time for activities you enjoy like being with friends, exercise, or watching an episode of your favourite TV show. Become a student of self-care. Try a mindfulness meditation app, watch a motivational video, or listen to a self-development podcast. And try and app like Stop, Breathe and Think, or Calm. And theres a large list of resources that you can check out on the web. And what about Campus Wellness resources? There are a number of them. And of course Health Services offers a variety of services, including: Walk-in and booked appointments with physicians and nurse practitioners. There is a mental health office. They provide immunizations and allergy injections. Testing for Sexually transmitted infection. Birth control dispensary, emergency contraception, pregnancy test, and counselling. Along with Nutritional Services. Take a look at the website for things and information about hours and location, which is across from the SLC. So give us a call and book an appointment. We want to see you. What about Counselling? We are absolutely here to support you and we do this by offering a number of services including workshops and seminars, either in person or online for things like resilience and mindfulness and managing your emotions and others. We have individual counselling both walk-in and booked appointments. Group therapy on topics like depression and anxiety and others. And we also have peer-to-peer support with our MATES peer counselling program. Counselling resources can be found more on the web of course and our main office is in Needles Hall on the second floor. So give us a call check us out on Facebook and Twitter and we can keep you up to date with everything that’s going on in Counselling. What about other resources on campus? Well there’s academic advising of course, where faculty advisors can provide support to you including academic information requirements. There’s AccessAbility Services providing academic support for students with both permanent and temporary disabilities and of course our student success office, which provides a variety of services including workshops, success coaching, peer mentoring, tutoring programs and others. So please take a look on the web for all those resources. And other ones on campus of course are Police Services, we have University Police available 24 hours a day, every day of the week and year. Centre for Mental Health Research has accessible, and effective mental health services for people of all ages in the Region. There’s athletics which offers a wide variety of activities, to help you stay active. There’s Co-operative Education and Career Action. Providing counselling and support for students, alumni, employees and post-doctoral students. And of course our UW Chaplains, representing 11 different faith traditions and they provide support for students faculty and the community. Other campus resources provided by the Federation of Students include: The Women’s Centre, Off Campus Community, GLOW, Co-op Connection, FEDS Food Bank, the Bike Centre, and the various clubs operated and run by the FEDS. So give them a look on the web for more information. So thank you very much for listening to this and let us know how we can help.