Another school year is just around the corner and although it is always an exciting time, it can also be a little stressful! Check out these free resources and supports to help you feel successful and calm throughout your studies.
1. Take advantage of dog therapy
Studies have shown that spending time around furry friends can boost our mood, lower our stress, and give us a stronger sense of belonging.
Learn more in this online article (RRC Polytech login may be required) >> Putting Away Pre-Exam Stress: The Effect of Therapy Dog Sessions on Student Well-Being
Did you know that Red River Polytechnic has provided therapy dog visits in the past? Read more about it in Campus Well-Being’s newsletter.
2. Know you’re not alone
Being a student can stir up a lot of negative emotions and for those who already struggle with mental health, it can feel hopeless. High numbers of students seeking help has led academic institutions to provide easily accessible mental health supports to students.
Check out this online video by CBC to learn more (RRC Polytech login may be required) >> Crisis on Campus: Mental Health Demands Surge
How can mindfulness activities help you be successful while keeping your stress levels at a minimum? Mindfulness for Students provides tips and tricks to better studying, active listening during lectures, and even how to properly prepare for exams. This book is a great tool for your life in and outside of the learning environment.
Learn more and borrow this print book (RRC Polytech ID card required to borrow) >> Mindfulness for Students
Learn about Campus Well-Being’s tips for promoting mindfulness through stretching >> 7 Stretches To Try at Your Desk
4. Spend time outside
Clinical studies have shown that spending time outside lowers stress and boosts mood. Many colleges are striving to implement programs in which students can spend more time in nature and gain an appreciation of the great outdoors while also lowering the anxiety that can come with the stresses of college. A great guide for educators wanting to provide opportunities for fresh air in their programs and a great read for students to understand why getting outside is important for your mental well-being.
Read this ebook online (RRC Polytech login may be required) >> Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health
5. Learn tips for writing success
A step-by-step guide which makes the writing process a breeze! Offering suggestions from how to avoid plagiarism, to how to effectively organize your idea, How to Write Better Essays is sure to help you hand papers in with confidence.
Learn more and borrow this print book (RRC Polytech ID card required to borrow) >> How to Write Better Essays
Did you know the Academic Success Centre offers writing support? Learn more by visiting ASC Supports for Students – Writing Centre
Additional free supports offered at RRC Polytech
If you would like to learn more about the mental health supports offered at the College, please explore the following links:
For the full list of student supports, visit www.rrc.ca/supports.
Guest post written by Hilary Ottenbreit, Library Information and Technology student