Health and Wellness, Student Life

Stress Reduction and Self-Care Tips

This is a stressful time of year, and we at the FCO would like to remind you to take care of yourself  this exam season. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or would like some support, we have a variety of health and mental wellness resources to recommend:

Counselling and Psychological Services

All students (full or part time) can access services at CAPS on the St. George campus. Short-term counselling and psychological services are offered in the CAPS Office at Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 111 (across from the Family Care Office). Call 416-978-8070 or simply walk in, in order to schedule a 20-minute phone screening to access individual or group therapy, and to register for their workshops.

CAPS continues their Mindful Mondays sessions this term, with sessions coming up on the 11th, 18th, and 25th from 12 to 1pm. These sessions teach students to use mindfulness meditation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. There’s still some room, so register ASAP here.

Looking for peer support?

Peers are Here is a non-judgmental drop-in space where you can connect with fellow students and practice mental wellness. Offered Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 in University College 259. Everyone is welcome! Email for more information.

As well, the Family Care Office offers a Student Parent Peer Support Program. Contact us to connect with other student parents, and stay in touch via email or in-person meet ups. This is a great way to find support, make new friends, and join a network of student parents within the UofT community.

Phone and web resources

Have you checked out our webinars? The Family Care Office has many helpful webinars here. If you’re finding yourself stressed, please watch the Academic Success Centre’s webinar on “Stress Management for Students with Family Responsibilities”.

If you are an undergraduate student, you can access Counseline, which offers face to face and cyber counselling from graduate interns at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. This service is free of charge, and wait times are expected be shorter than at CAPS. Contact them at 416-946-5117 and leave a confidential voice message with your name and phone number to schedule an appointment.

Recreation and Relaxation:

The Multi-Faith Centre at U of T offers several Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga classes a week. We highly recommend the “Yoga for Rest and Relaxation” class on Wednesday from 12 to 1pm. See their website for more details.

Making time for hobbies is important, especially when we’re overstretched. If you are interested in crafts, take some time for yourself and head over to Hart house for Thurs Teas, their weekly craft workshop on Thursdays from 11 to 1pm. The workshops are free, and no registration is required. Drop in anytime, and grab tea and cookies while you’re there!

We hope you can take some time to relax, recuperate, and find support when you need it as this term comes to an end.

Stay well!

Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott is a 4th year student at UofT, double majoring in Health Studies and Biological Anthropology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in public health or medical anthropology, and she is especially interested in maternal and child health. She is pleased to join the Family Care Office as Workshop Coordinator and part-time "Intersections" contributor. When not at work or school, Nicole enjoys yoga, theater, getting lost in Toronto, and experimental vegan baking.

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