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Activities for student morale and overall wellness in Residence

Bell Let’s Talk Day for mental health was on January 28, 2021, and it was a great occasion to announce that a new Fitness Room was recently created in Residence!

There is a definite link between sound minds and sound bodies, and this room will provide a space for students to practise relaxing, mindful movement, such as yoga, stretches, Pilates and other gentle exercises.  Although the grand opening couldn’t occur quite as initially planned – due to the provincial state-of-emergency guidelines – students were still able to drop by the room throughout the day to check it out, leave feedback, enter a draw, grab a Bell Let's Talk toque and an individually wrapped treat, and leave an encouraging message on the Bell Let’s Talk conversation bubble sheets. The room will be open as soon as possible for the students to use.

Students were also challenged to complete a 5-day wellness challenge starting on January 28th, which incorporated dorm-room-friendly workout videos, inspiring/helpful TED Talks, and other actions for mental and physical wellness. Each completed action provided an entry in a draw. 

As always, other activities have been planned in the past few months to keep good morale in Residence. Before the Christmas break, Gisèle and Annette lovingly prepared hundreds of Rice Krispies squares for students who felt increased stress with exams. Although the students’ basic needs are always met, sweet treats like this are comforting and appreciated surprises, and the squares disappearing in record time. During the Christmas break, a couple international students in residence enjoyed some safe outdoor activities, including ice fishing, which was new for some. These are some examples of the activities often organized with the help of Carmen Bertrand from Spiritual Services.

A Word Bingo activity is also starting on February 1st in Residence. It will encourage students to stretch their legs and get away from their screens a bit, to see the word of the day (related to the UofS Residence) drawn three times a week and posted on the office door. Bingo cards and dabber are supplied, and prizes are up for grabs.

Although currently more limited, Spiritual Services and our Residence staff are always searching and thinking of creative things to do while respecting the guidelines. If ever you have a great idea, feel free to contact Carmen Bertrand or Gisèle Raymond.

Also, check out the Bell Let’s Talk Day site containing useful resources and information, and the announcement that $7,958,671.75 was raised on January 28th to support mental health initiatives in Canada!

We thank everyone for their continued efforts. Stay well.

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