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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U of O implements mandatory meditation sessions for med students

The University of Ottawa (U of O) faculty of medicine recently introduced four mandatory one-hour meditation sessions per year for first and second-year medical students. Students in their last two years have a half-day workshop, in addition to optional meditation sessions offered to students throughout their degrees. Meditation is an ancient practice that is still regularly practiced today. It involves sitting silently for a sustained period of time and avoiding conscious thought to promote relaxation and self-understanding. Heather MacLean, the medical professor who advocated for the mandatory meditation sessions, said meditation is intended to help medical students with self-care, but is also a helpful practice that doctors should recommend to patients. “A lot of patients, especially when dealing with anxiety […]

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Health and Fitness blog: Insta-inspiration for all fitness wannabes

7 of the most dedicated #Instafit accounts to follow to get to that perfect body Have you been looking all over Instagram for the best #instafit accounts to follow? Look no further. Here are the top 7 most incredible #instafit badies in the whole Instagramosphere: @jessicaemilyquinn Inspirational both on a fitness level and on a personal level, Jessica is someone you will always be able to relate to. She fought cancer and lost her leg in the process, inspiring you with the fact that if she can go through all that and stay active, so can you. You can find a variety of pictures on her Instagram, including what to wear for working out, her best exercises, and just all around […]

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Health and fitness blog: Four tips for the beginner yogi

This one goes out to all my yogi-wannabes who are a little hesitant about diving into the world of yoga. Just a couple of months ago I had little to no knowledge about the practice of yoga or what to expect, and can honestly say I was scared to step barefoot into my local studio. But #NoRagrets right? If you’re currently wanting to get some feel-good exercise in and maybe de-stress a bit, but are intimidated by your amateur moves, consider these four tips to get you on your way to becoming the next yoga guru. Watch yoga tutorials on YouTube This is the first (and cheapest) step to figuring out if yoga is truly for you. Yoga videos are […]

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Health and fitness blog: Self-care for back to school

Being a student is great for two reasons. The first is student discount days at Bulk Barn and Loblaws. The second is the opportunity to get a fresh start in September. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your habits and start making changes for personal health and happiness. And if you’ve been (relatively) less stressed out during the summer, it’s best to arm yourself with tools for good mental health before the onslaught of assignments makes your brain explode. I preface this list by apologizing for sounding like your mom, but this stuff really is good for you. As obvious as most of these tips are, they are not as obvious when you’re neck deep in assignments and exams […]

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