Wellness and life balance workshops



Health


Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 29 May - 31 May
  • 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Loyola

Health


In this interactive workshop, we will review how to recognize symptoms of anxiety and identify how anxiety can influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Coping strategies will be discussed, including mindful self-compassion, grounding and relaxation exercises, and problem solving. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences throughout the presentation.
 
  • 03 April
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Two of the most common barriers to healthy eating identified by students are lack of time and lack of money.

In this workshop, you will learn what a healthy diet looks like and discover strategies to eat healthfully when you have little time to prepare food or a limited budget for grocery shopping.

 
  • 20 February
  • 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Online
Have you ever felt like you’re not as capable as people think you are? Or felt like a fraud about to be uncovered? You may be experiencing Impostor Syndrome.

This interactive, informative, and experiential webinar is for graduate students who may be struggling with the thoughts that they are not good enough or experiencing self-doubt. Participants will explore the causes and effects of Impostor Syndrome. Participants will work on building a toolkit of skills for coping with and combating Impostor Syndrome in order to feel more successful and fulfilled at University. Participants will walk away with practical, effective, and immediately usable strategies and techniques to reduce imposter syndrome.

 
  • 30 November
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
In this workshop, the Health Services nurse and health promotion specialist will address common concerns many women have at some point in their life. They will share with you the latest recommendations on health topics such as breast health, keeping your private parts healthy, an overview of birth control methods, healthy relationships, and more. They will finish with suggestions on how you can stay healthy during grad school.
 
  • 30 January
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Join us for a journey into the fundamentals of equity! This session offers an open and interactive space for student participants to explore what it means to foster a culture of inclusivity in a variety of educational settings, and more broadly, within our communities.  
  • 12 February
  • 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Online

Sleep is essential for optimal health and academic performance, especially during finals! Benefits include better grades, better memory, and better problem-solving.

This workshop will help you make decisions to fix your sleep, and you will learn new sleep habits and ways of thinking about sleep that will help you perform well on your finals.

 

Sleep is the secret to your best finals yet!!

  • 27 March
  • 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM
  • Sir George Williams
In these uncertain times, we need to find ways to be able to remain resilient. In this workshop, we will look to Self-Care as a tool to thrive, as we adapt and navigate the hybrid learning environment.

In this interactive, informative, and practical workshop, participants will be introduced to a multidimensional model of self-care. We will highlight self-care practices to develop and maintain balance. Participants will walk away with ideas and resources for a personal self-care and wellness action plan to help them thrive.
 
  • 07 February
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Do you set excessively high standards for yourself? Are you overly critical of your performance and abilities? Are you very afraid of failure or of making mistakes? Do you measure your self-worth in terms of your achievements?
 
The second part of this workshop will introduce you to the emotional regulation systems driving perfectionism and their interaction to external influences. You will learn how to identify and soothe the perfectionistic self-critic by engaging in an exercise on self-compassionate motivation and a few other practices. You will be invited to reflect and explore your core values and ways to live in alignment with them.
  • 26 October
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Increased self-compassion has been associated with resilience and adaptive outcomes in academic settings. In this interactive two-part workshop, participants will explore self-compassion as an inner resource for navigating end of term stressors with kindness and fierceness by drawing from the ying and yang of self-compassion. In the first part of the workshop, we will practice tools to comfort and soothe ourselves when experiencing difficult emotions. In the second part of the workshop, we will apply strategies to facilitate self-motivation, self-protection, and providing ourselves with that we need.  
  • 06 December
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
The Burnout to Breakthrough Workshop is created to help you overcome feelings of stress and overwhelm, bringing more energy and ease back into your work. Learn how to hit ambitious career goals while practicing positive habits to maintain your health and happiness.
  • 12 March
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online

Have you ever found it hard to manage self-care when juggling classes, exams, family, friends, and work? Do you ever experience issues taking care of yourself because self-care was not promoted or discusses in your culture or community? Do you feel misunderstood or guilty when you attempt to set boundaries related to self-care? 

Whether you are a racialized or non-racialized person, this workshop will allow you to better understand how and why we coined the term self-care. You will also be able to consider different practices, tools, strategies, and even current acts you engage in, that promote self-care. This workshop is especially useful if you grew up in an environment in which pleasing others was valued over considering your own needs and preserving your energy (goal setting, setting realistic expectations for finals/stressful periods). 

  • 02 October
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
This workshop will cover what assertiveness is and why it matters. We will reflect on questioning, Am I assertive? The workshop will cover the spectrum of behavioural styles, the consequences of passive and aggressive behaviour, and strategies to help you set boundaries and act assertively.
  • 20 February
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Have you ever caught yourself switching or changing your tone or how you speak depending on who you're surrounded by? Do you only feel comfortable using an African American vernacular with black folks in your community and attempt to use a more non-threatening tone with white folks? The act of codeswitching can feel exhausting for black folks and is often a conscious or unconscious act that Black people engage in as a means of being perceived positively with inner or outer groups. Because we all want to feel a sense of inclusion and belonging and avoid stereotypical labels that impact us, it can be difficult to grapple with constantly shifting your voice, tone and/or language to fit the context you're in.   
  • 06 October
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Have you ever found it hard to manage self-care when juggling classes, exams, family, friends, and work? Do you ever experience issues taking care of yourself because self-care was not promoted or discusses in your culture or community? Do you feel misunderstood or guilty when you attempt to set boundaries related to self-care? Whether you are a racialized or non-racialized person, this workshop will allow you to better understand how and why we coined the term self-care. You will also be able to consider different practices, tools, strategies, and even current acts you engage in, that promote self-care. This workshop is especially useful if you grew up in an environment in which pleasing others was valued over considering your own needs and preserving your energy (goal setting, setting realistic expectations for finals/stressful periods).  
  • 24 October
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 27 November - 29 November
  • 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
This series consists of two workshops.
 
Week 1: Time Realism
 
Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? In this session, we'll explore how to be more realistic about time and identify strategies to make the most of our time. You'll learn about the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science and what it can tell us about how we manage time in an easier, more intuitive, and ultimately more realistic way. The key to effective time management is thinking about your time more realistically.
 
Many time management books and articles make sensational claims, such as "get 10x more done in the next week with this one simple change!" This is not only unrealistic, but it can also be discouraging when we don't see results that match the hype. So if you're ready to learn how to manage your time more effectively, sign up for this workshop today!
 
Week 2: The Science of Prioritizing
 
Social media, emails, work, school, family, friends… it's easy to feel pulled in a million different directions. In this session, we'll explore how to better manage our time and attention in the face of constant demands. You'll learn about the most powerful and effective time management strategy, one that is backed by close to 60 years of scientific research.  This strategy is so effective that it has been adopted by some of the most successful people in the world, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk. You'll also learn about simple tools that will help you implement this strategy in your own life. We'll also cover the science of prioritizing. So, if you're ready to learn about the latest research on time management and attention, as well as some simple, yet powerful tools to help you take control of your time, then sign up for this workshop today!

 
  • 12 February - 19 February
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online

Living through the pandemic drastically changed the ways we connect, with many people experiencing high levels of loneliness, isolation, and solitude. Despite these common experiences, many students still struggle with loneliness in silence, thinking that they are alone in their journey, or navigating feelings of shame.

This interactive workshop will support you in exploring the different expressions of being alone, developing strategies to cope with loneliness and embracing and practicing a more positive relationship with solitude.

This workshop is based on the workbook titled "The Expressions of Being Alone" by Dr. Jade-Isis Lefebvre and Debora Rabinovich.

You can download the workbook here 

  • 03 February
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online

Do you procrastinate? Do you delay important tasks that need to get done? Procrastination involves a voluntary delay of an intended action, even though it may lead to negative consequences. Although academic procrastination hinders academic achievement and mental well-being, it is quite common in university students.


In this two-part workshop, you will learn about the nature and types of procrastination and the connection between procrastination and difficulty in emotional regulation. You will also learn some evidence-based strategies to overcome procrastination, including self-regulation and emotion regulation techniques.

 

Part 1: October 03, 2023 (12-1:30 PM)

Part 2: October 25, 2023 (12-1:30 PM)
 

  • 25 October
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Online
Do you set excessively high standards for yourself? Are you overly critical of your performance and abilities? Are you very afraid of failure or of making mistakes? Do you measure your self-worth in terms of your achievements?

This workshop will help you recognize when perfectionism is taking over and gain strategies to reduce perfectionistic thinking and behaviours. You will learn how to strive in a way that fosters a more balanced and flexible relationship with yourself to help boost your well-being, engagement, and sense of competence.     
  • 19 February
  • 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Online

Personal finances


Instead of chasing after higher returns and incurring more risk, it can make more sense to become familiar with how different investments get taxed, and how to legally minimize or eleiminate taxes due by strategically using different types of registered accounts available to you. For instance, do you know under what circumstances does an RRSP or a TFSA contribution make more sense? What are some of the most tax-efficient investments available? This webinar briefly reviews Canadian income tax basics while highlighting how the different tax brackets impact various investments and sources of income. We will also review different investment vehicles in greater detail, how they get taxed, and the most tax-efficient way to distribute various investments in different types of accounts. Lastly, we will go over how to properly track and report dividend distributions from a margin account for tax purposes.
 
  • 22 February
  • 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
Would you like to better understand tax slips and learn how to file your income taxes? Then this workshop is for you. We will first start with a brief overview of the Canadian tax system covering topics such as: Different types of taxes, tax brackets, and how different income gets taxed. We will review key tax slips (see list below) and show you how to make sense of them through live examples. Finally, we will review various tax credits and deductions available to you as well as show you a demo of how to use free software to file your income tax return.
 
  • 26 March
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Online