Universities help students deal with exam-time stress

As exam season approaches, universities bring out more initiatives and resources for students to help them cope with the stress. At Memorial University in Newfoundland (MUN), a student has been bringing her bearded dragons, Ryuu and Yuki, to campus since September 2016.  The student, who wished to remain anonymous due to backlash she said she received from a previously published article, said she brings them to campus to help her peers who struggle with anxiety and stress, as well as provide them with an alternative for already-offered therapy dog sessions. She said she has regular visitors, and has had overall positive feedback from those students.  “They showed an amazing ability to soothe anxiety . . . [they] alerted me to my heart going […]

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Letter: You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself

Everyone wants to feel wanted. Everyone wants to feel accepted. Everyone wants to be loved. As humans, we crave the intense feeling of affection. Little do we know that it has to come from within. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you pick out things that you hate and would change? Or do you see something beautiful, something you love every inch of and would not change for the world? Most people would say they despise their reflection in the mirror and can pick out all of their flaws. We are taught that falling in love is everything. There are chemicals in our brain that show love is literally like a drug. Once we become […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Balancing work and studies

For many students, going to university means living away from home for the first time. With that comes a truckload of adult responsibilities, like paying bills, which can be overwhelming on top of a university course load. For about 50 per cent of Canadian students, working a part-time job during school is necessary to make ends meet. But, maintaining a healthy balance between school, work, and extracurriculars, while still having a social life, can be tough. Here are a few tips so you don’t get too overwhelmed and stressed out. Manage your time Time management is an important part of a work/school balance, and is a great skill to develop for adult life in general. If you’re a student juggling […]

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Five Places to Unwind without Unwinding your Wallet

With academic pressures, part-time jobs, internships, school expenses, and maintaining a social life, it’s no wonder that students are searching for outlets to help remedy their stress. Failing to set time aside to indulge in necessary leisure activities can lead to mental and physical limitations, and even burn-out. But, self-care methods can manifest in several ways. While self-care can come in many different forms, it can also be quite pricey. Luckily, Ottawa is home to many initiatives that can build the bridge to a healthier and happier you–and a healthier, happier wallet too. Here are five ways to take care of yourself during the school year without furthering your student debt. Carleton’s Therapy Dog, Blue Therapy dogs are trained to […]

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Natural Health and Beauty Blog: Ways to treat yourself this winter

January: The time when your next OSAP installment comes in, and you get to experience the freezing cold Ottawa winters (or, you know, become a hermit in the tunnels). With the stress of school assignments starting to pile up, or new extracurricular activities starting up, or just the plain old winter blues/flu season, why not treat yourself? One of my New Year’s resolutions was to practice more self care, specifically putting money away in my budget to pamper myself. I work hard in school, write for The Charlatan, work a part-time job, and mentor a robotics team—I figure I’ve earned it. If you also feel this way, here are some ideas for self pampering: Manicure—Probably the classic salon treatment, it […]

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