Mental Health Support for Students on Tight Schedules

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Has this happened to you? You know you already have too much on your plate, and you are eager to make the most of every opportunity. In one way or another, you end up setting goals and standards that are beyond your current means. Okay, maybe you can accomplish everything if you take out the time required for sleeping and eating. And being at a competitive university doesn’t help the struggle.

I am like you.

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A Resource Kit for New and Returning Students

Another school year has begun! The skirt and shorts season is coming to a close, switched for the coats and course packs of another knowledge-packed semester.

As a recent graduate, walking by the downtown campus, captivated by its newfound novelty, reminded me of my first impressions of McGill.

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Towards Better Communication: Nonviolent Communication

Communication is at the core of all relationships, including work relationships. Most people quit their jobs because of the work environment, not due to the job itself. A recent study by Accenture reports the top reasons for quitting a job in America are disliking one’s boss (31%), a lack of empowerment (31%), internal politics (35%), and lack of recognition (43%).

This phenomenon reflects our collective need for better emotional intelligence and communication skills. One tool that has been useful for me is nonviolence communication (NVC). The “nonviolent” in NVC refers to communicating in a way that does not result in harm. In other words, it means communicating without the use of guilt, humiliation, shame, coercion, threats, and moral judgments, among other things. NVC follows a process of (1) observation, (2) feelings**, (3) needs, and (4) requests. (more…)

Fit in Some “me” Time

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So it’s that time of year right now when you have to choose what you’d like to stick to for the next two school semesters. About a week ago, I had to give up a volunteer research experience because I realized that it just wouldn’t realistically fit into my schedule. This is probably the best decision that I could’ve made and I realize now that it’s the healthiest way to start a new semester. The reason I’m telling you readers this is because the lesson I learned is the following: Don’t forget to fit in time for yourself.

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Computer Fatigue

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As the end of term approaches and my to-do list grows, I have found myself spending more and more time on my computer. As much as I love my laptop, I have noticed that the more time I spend staring at my computer, the more I am prone to headaches, dry & irritated eyes, and eye strain. This is a common problem for most people, so today I thought I would share some useful tips for reducing “computer fatigue”.

1. The 20-20-20 Rule

This is an often cited rule which I have included because it works. Every 20 minutes take 20 seconds to look away from your computer screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away from you. For those with an apple computer there is a nifty free app called Time Out Free which will dim out your screen for a set amount of time every x minutes. You can even customize it so that certain programs (such as Skype, iTunes, and DVDplayer) will disable to dim-out feature when they are being used. There are many other such applications for Mac, I just happen to use Time Out Free and really like it. Computers running GNU/Linux or Microsoft Windows need not worry, there are plenty of similar programs out there for your systems. One which looks promising is Workrave (I do not have a windows computer so I have not tested it for myself but online reviews look good).

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