We know exams are stressful, and most of your time is spent studying. But studies show that taking breaks can in fact boost productivity, help you focus, and reduce stress.
Student Services and our partners are offering plenty of opportunities during exams to help you decompress. And stay tuned to this page, as well as the Student Services Instagram and Facebook accounts, for updates as we add more items to this list!
Student Wellness Hub Workshops
The Student Wellness Hub is offering a workshop on Skills for Managing Stress on December 2 and December 9 from 2 - 4 pm. Join the workshop to learn skills for identifying, addressing, and managing stress. Register for the session on MyInvolvement.
The McGill Art Hive in collaboration with International Student Services is hosting a Winter Break Club for international students! If you can't make it home this year, join the Art Hive and make a holiday card to send to friends or family. There will be two sessions: for graduate students on December 18 at 10 am EST, and undergraduate students on December 21 at 10 am EST.
The Student Wellness Hub has plenty of other ongoing programming and activities planned throughout the exam period:
- Visit their Remote and In-Person Workshops page to register for virtual workshops,
- Check out their On-Demand Programming page for pre-recorded sessions, including Time Management and more content to come!
- Follow Healthier McGill on Instagram and Facebook, where they'll be sharing live peer-led activities from the Peer Health Ambassadors, self-care videos from Hub clinicians, wellness tips, and more!
Practicing meditation can help with stress, anxiety, and focus. We rounded up a list of virtual meditation resources, to help you relax stay grounded throughout the exam season.
If you're interested in faith-based meditation, MORSL has a guide to meditation practices from a number of religions including Islam, Baha'i, Christianity, Judaism and more. Download the meditation guide you're most interested in to help establish your own meditation practice. They are also offering two meditation workshops:
- Exam De-Stress Yoga Off-The-Mat, a seated meditative practice to help you stay grounded, on December 8 and December 15 from 5-6 pm EST.
- Exam De-Stress Meditation is a guided meditation accessible to all. The sessions will consist of two to three seated meditations, and are being held on December 10 and December 17 from 6-7 pm EST.
For guided meditation, drop in to the Student Wellness Hub's Zen in Ten, a weekly meditation and/or de-stress activity led by the Local Wellness Advisor team. Zen in Ten takes place every Wednesday at noon, and past sessions are available on the Healthier McGill Facebook page.
Looking for guided meditation on demand? Try the Daily Meditation Podcast, which provides 10-15 minute guided meditations. You can access these meditations easily wherever you are by subscribing on your favourite podcasting app.
Movement: One Way to Relieve Stress
Moving your body is a great way to relieve stress and improve focus, but it can be difficult to find resources and stay motivated when you're working from home!
Movement for Balance is a new class offered by the Student Wellness Hub's kinesiology intern. Movement for Balance focuses on teaching simple exercises that can be practiced at home with no equipment, to help channel stress and anxiety through movement. This class is designed specifically to target the tension and stress that comes from remote learning.
For students at Macdonald campus, McGill Macdonald Athletics is offering safely distanced activities in the gym and the arena. Note that advanced reservations are required, and you must wear a mask while using these facilities If you prefer to get active outdoors, the Morgan Arboretum offers trails for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Check the trail map for an overview of trail location, length, and specialty.
We may not be able to bring you therapy dogs to pet this year, but we've compiled a list of resources to give you that cuteness fix, whether you're looking for puppies, kittens, goats, or belugas!
Virtual Animal Therapy: The Student Wellness Hub is bringing virtual animal therapy to Healthier McGill on Monday December 14! Details coming soon; follow Healthier McGill on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
Puppies: Watch cuddly puppies at the Warrior Canine Connection Puppy playroom! There are multiple rooms and views available so be sure to check them all!
Goats: Virtually visit a barn full of milk goats and their babies
San Diego Zoo: Find polar bears, elephants, owls and more at the San Diego zoo's collection of animal cams!
The end of the semester can be an especially stressful time. If you're feeling overwhelmed and need support, Keep.meSAFE , an online resource available through SSMU, can connect you with counselling by fully licensed professionals 24/7. Support is available worldwide, in more than 60 languages. Whether you're looking for someone to talk to regularly, or just need to vent by chat before your exam, Keep.meSAFE can provide you with the support you need.