2022 Thrive Week Events
Thank you to all who participated in Thrive Week 2022! Below is a list of events ran during the recent Thrive Week.
All Week Long Events
Monday January 24, 2022
Tuesday January 25, 2022
Wednesday January 26, 2022
Thursday January 27, 2022
Friday January 28, 2022
How Thrive started
Thrive began as an idea between two colleagues at UBC in the spring of 2009. Patty Hambler was working primarily in student health promotion at the time and Suzanne Jolly in a similar role that focused on staff and faculty.
They shared common goals in wanting to help create a campus environment that better understood the importance of mental health and wellbeing as well as one that was supportive of individuals to make choices that promoted not only healthy bodies but healthy minds.
Creating this type of a cultural shift was not going to be an easy task but they decided to try a new approach: combining wellbeing programming to include student, staff and faculty audiences.
First annual Thrive week launched that same year at UBC Vancouver with 20 different events and the tagline ‘Health, Community, Commitment’.
By 2014 Thrive had over 65 partners and 100 events and activities marked a highly successful initiative that reached over 35,000 campus community members. Thrive events were hosted on two UBC Campuses and in 7 different locations.
Thrive at McMaster
In 2018, Human Resources Services joined up with the Student Wellness Centre to host the first campus wide Thrive Week.
What is Self-Care?
Self-Care is the act of taking care of yourself to maintain health. Taking care of yourself can look different for each person as we all need to meet our own individual needs. To learn different avenues to Self-Care, read further here.: Learn More
What is Eating Right?
Eating a balanced diet is connected to lessening symptoms of stress and depression. As we’ve all experienced, it can sometimes be hard to eat healthy during increasingly stressful and busy times. To learn different avenues to Eating Right, read further here.: Learn More
Why does Movement Matter?
Adding activity to each day can help you manage stress and can boost your mood. Movement is particularly important in increasingly sedentary lifestyles. To learn more about Movement Matters, read further here.: Learn More
What is Relaxing Rest?
Quantity and quality sleep both matter. Getting good quality sleep for long enough will help you tackle work, classes, and life’s everyday challenges. Sleep can also improve your overall health and immunity. To learn different avenues to Relaxing Rest, read further here.: Learn More
What is Community Relief?
Helping others adds to your sense of purpose, connection, and wellbeing. Volunteering not only helps others but also helps yourself. To learn different avenues for Community Relief, read further here.: Learn More
Ways to Improve Your Self-Care
- Practice Journaling: Learn more on how to get started with meaningful journaling here.
- Turn off your phone: It doesn’t have to be for long! But shutting down your phone will help alleviate anxiety
- Quality Time: Spend some time with the people in your life who make you the happiest!
- Write a Gratitude List: Write down 5 things you are grateful for today
Students – student specific resources can be found here.
Staff – staff specific resources can be found here.
Faculty – faculty specific resources can be found here.
Ways to Improve Eating Habits
- Learn Your Options: McMaster’s Hospitality Services has extensive accommodations for allergies, nutrition and dietary restrictions.
- Practice Intuitive Eating: Listen to when your body tells you to eat
- Food Literacy: Unfamiliar with cooking and eating on a budget? Check out the SWC’s resources.
- Eat Breakfast: Do not avoid eating the most important meal of the day!
Ways to Improve Movement
- Fitness classes: Athletics & Recreation run a variety of fun classes you can check out here.
- Stretch it out: Nothing helps your body better than a yoga/stretch session after a full day of sitting in front of a computer.
- Go for a walk: Getting outside in the fresh air can help clear your mind and give you a break from work and school
- Join in on the Fun: Join an intramural team
- Get in Nature: Go on a hike around Hamilton
- Too cold out? Jump in instead: Attend a recreational swim
Video curtesy of TED.
How to Sleep Better
- Try to get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep each night: The Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines recommends this as optimal for ages 18-64
- Get off of screens before bed: This allows your mind to unwind
- Establish rest routines: so your body can get used to a routine, so it knows when to go to bed
- Take a nap: A 20-minute nap during the day can leave you feeling more refreshed and well-rested
Video cutesy of TED.
How to Help Your Community
- Personalize it: Donate to causes that are near and dear to your heart
- Be Nurturing: This world can never be short on kindness!
- Volunteer: Look to your local community charities and organizations for ways you can get involved
- Spread the Word: Share what you’ve learned with friends and family to encourage community support
- Donate to McMaster’s 2021 United Way Campaign: click here to support.
Video curtesy of TED.
Information Box Group
The Student Wellness Centre is the place on campus to address your wellness needs. The SWC provides a range of counselling options, medical services and wellness programs.
905-525-9140 ext. 27700 (call to book an appointment, currently no walk-in appointments available)
Offers McMaster staff and faculty access to Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) with partner, Homewood Health. Individuals can contact Homewood Health through their website or by phone toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to book appointments, or access any EFAP service. HRS also offers access to workshops, workplace accommodations and much more.
Human Resources has created some slides you can add to meetings, lectures and presentations. Click the links below to download some of the pre-filled slides or use the templates provided to make your own! We also have a Thrive Week Zoom background you can download, to help remind others to check out our mental health resources. Help spread the word – let’s get everyone thinking and talking about mental health!
Download Pre-filled Slides
Each link downloads a different pre-filled slide, depending on which type of activity you would like to incorporate!
Instructions for a box-breathing exercise.
Link to a page with guided relaxations resources.
Includes a link to 4-minute movement video.
Writing what you are grateful for become more optimistic. Therefore, we have included a digital gratitude wall for Thrive Week. Members of the McMaster community are all welcome to come share what they are most grateful for. We also encourage everyone to read over other’s posts to see for further positive reflection.
The inspiration for the digital gratitude wall comes from UBC’s Thrive.