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Wellness in the time of COVID-19  

January 21, 2022

Many of us feel the continued pressure that the global pandemic has brought into our lives. Many of us are still working and learning from home, which can feel not very reassuring for some. In contrast, others may feel comfortable with the continuation of virtual life. Many of us are also sitting in a place where we feel tired and unsure of what the future has to bring. The Campus Wellness Team curated resources that approach wellness through a holistic lens- meaning the body and mind are parts of ourselves that require care during challenging and difficult times. Prioritizing caring for our mind and body during grief helps us combat isolation. And It gives us the tools to be able to support our mental health.

Below you will find some resources to help maintain physical and mental wellness during a time of social distancing. For additional information, continue to check www.rrc.ca for updates. 

RRCP Recreation Services

  • Monthly fitness challenges – challenge your friends to see how many you can accomplish at home!
  • New: Weekly Fitness classes facilitated live- Check out staff and student news 

Fitness Apps 

Several are free, but check to ensure before you download. Some examples include: 

  • Tone It Up (Apple and Google Play) 
  • New: BodySpace – this includes an online community component (Free)
  • New: 7 Minute Workout: Fitness App (Apple and Google Play) (Free with paid options) 
  • New: NIKE Training Club App (NTC (Free with paid options)

Fitness Bloggers 

Follow your favorite fitness professional on social media, or check out a new community to share your progress. 

  Many fitness facilities and companies are live streaming classes or providing online content. Check your local yoga studio, gym or other fitness facility to see if they are hosting anything. Alternatively, check out one of the options below. 

Fitness Subscription & Online Classes 

Please note that these options may involve fees. 

Fitness Streaming  

Mindfulness & Meditation 

  Mental Health Bloggers 

Relaxation 

  • ADAM* audio guided relaxation 
  • Clear the Deck exercise to calm worry* 
  • New: Free Relaxation Downloads (innerhealthstudio.com)– Free guided relaxation  
  • Drink tea 
  • Put on music and dance
  • Mindful walking, eating, sitting
  • Take a bath
  • Take a shower
  • Audibly Sigh
  • Spend time with a pet
  • Right down your worries
  • Connect your breathe

Social Connection 

  • Check staff news for events organized by Campus Wellbeing  
  • Connect with mental health coordinator 
  • Schedule a fitness and lifestyle consultation 
  • Schedule an informal coffee break on WebEx. Grab your beverage and just chat about whatever you feel like. 
  • Challenge yourself to reach out to colleagues and friends  
  • Send voice messages or hold video calls with friends and family 
  • Plan a skating day at the Forks 
  • Send in a Cheers for Peers to a colleague
  • If children are home from school, consider creating a daily schedule 
  • New:  Take a course at McNally Robinson 
  • New: Meet friends at the Winnipeg Art Galley- Free and Paid Classes  

Creativity 

 

Stress and anxiety are normal reactions to abnormal situations. Now more than ever, it’s important to prioritize self-care and finding activities that help us feel grounded.   Reach out to the Campus Well-being Team if you have any questions about campus Mental Health and Fitness resources.

 

New! Fitness and Lifestyle Consultations

January 16, 2022

Campus Well-Being is now offering fitness and lifestyle consultations to staff and students.

Looking for some expert fitness advice? Not sure where to start on your journey to better overall health? Book a free, virtual session with one of our certified fitness professionals.

What to expect from a consultation

Your consultation will will take 30 to 40 minutes and can be done over the phone or via MS Teams. Your coach will ask you some questions about your current health, fitness, and lifestyle before collaborating with you on a plan to take concrete, actionable steps to better your health.

You are welcome to book up to two additional check-ins with your coach to talk about your progress and any obstacles you’ve faced.

How to book a session

To book a consultation, please contact a coach directly to set up a mutually agreeable time.

Your coaches

Mario De Negri

Mario De Negri is the Fitness Coordinator for Red River College Polytechnic. He’s been training in fitness and wellness for over 20 years and has a number of certifications in personal training, yoga and massage. He’s traveled abroad to study different forms of training in health and wellness and has completed a couple 10-day non-speaking meditations. His personal goal is to live to be 100 years old. He believes that being healthy isn’t just about picking up weights, but involves working on one’s inner and outer aspects in order to naturally feel more comfortable in one’s own body.

Mario is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-6pm. Book a consultation by contacting him at mdenegri@rrc.ca.

Evelyn Carriere

The reason Evelyn trains is to keep up with her Grandma. Evelyn has always admired her energy and adventurous lifestyle! By 90 years of age, she was still doing handstands against the wall in her condo. Evelyn wants to follow in Grandma’s footsteps while encouraging others to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to be a boss.

Certifications

  • CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), American Council on Exercise
  • Senior Fitness Specialist
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED Level C, Canadian Red Cross

Experience

  • 2 + Years in Fitness Industry (Small group + team training, 1-on-1 coaching, Crossfit Masterclass 55+)
  • 13 + Years Coaching Volleyball (Canada and Europe)
  • 3 Years as a Professional Athlete (Indoor Volleyball)

Evelyn is available to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-11am. Book a consultation by contacting her at emcarriere@rrc.ca.

Limitations

Fitness and lifestyle consultations are not a substitute for professional medical advice. Staff and students should consult a medical professional if they are seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.

Campus Well-Being unit at RRC Polytech

January 13, 2022

Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) is pleased to announce its strategy for a more holistic approach to physical and mental well-being, facilitated through the new Campus Well-Being unit.

The new unit is an amalgamation of the Athletics and Recreation unit and RRC Polytech’s College-wide mental health strategy Healthy Minds Healthy College, and strives to create more opportunities for students, staff and faculty to participate in virtual and in-person activities that improve their overall well-being.

As part of the transition towards holistic well-being, RRC Polytech has made the difficult decision to cease participation in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference and will no longer operate Rebels sports teams.

Earlier this week we met with the Red River College Students’ Association executive team to inform them of this change and hear their ideas for how the SA can be included in the unit’s planning.

SA President Avery Halldorson provided the following message of support:

“The SA is supportive of this move and we look forward to seeing and participating in the activities and events the new unit brings to the College community.

We are in an evolving world, and while the varsity athletics program has played a role in improving students’ mental and physical health, the new Campus Well-Being unit can extend those same benefits to more students and staff. The new plan will provide something for everyone, from any background, and will be so beneficial to how students and staff integrate movement and self-care into their daily lives. In this new world, we have to find ways to adapt and be better, and I think this will be widely appreciated.“

It is important to highlight that this shift will not impact operation of The Loft or the Exchange District Fitness Facility. Both facilities are currently closed due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases. This decision is guided by Public Health recommendations and a plan is in place to begin operating the Loft and Exchange District Fitness facilities when it is safe to do so.

Campus Well-Being was created as part of the Healthy Minds Healthy College Five Year Roadmap to Action and aligns with the College’s new Strategic Plan by: enhancing the student experience, fostering a culture of inclusion, and increasing opportunities for employee engagement.

The Four Priorities of Campus Well-Being:

Priority 1: Campus Well-Being is guided by a holistic view of health and well-being

  • Evidence, assessment and evaluation of programs to direct needs
  • Facilitated through a lens of equity
  • Providing more opportunities to all students, staff and faculty to connect, and maintain good physical and mental health.

Priority 2: Sport and Fitness enhancements on campus and at home

  • NDC Loft and Roblin fitness facilities
  • Fitness classes onsite
  • Virtual live and on demand fitness classes
  • Fitness consultations
  • “Ask the Expert” lunch and learns
  • Intramurals (basketball, futsal, volleyball, pickle ball, badminton etc.)
  • Activity challenges
  • E-sports tournaments and watch events (in collaboration with the Manitoba Esports Association)

Priority 3: Mental Well-Being

  • Through our College-wide Mental Health Strategy where we seek to:
    • Increase awareness and literacy of mental health (reducing stigma)
    • Provide advice and consultation; share internal and external resources
    • Build capacity through training (safeTALK, The Working Mind, Mental Health First Aid)
    • Partner with other internal and external stakeholders to implement:
      • National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety
      • National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

Priority 4: Recreation and Wellness

  • Arts based activities
  • Relaxation based activities
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • On-campus massage therapy

The Campus Well-Being unit is currently developing its full annual plan, and will begin making announcements about activities soon.

Currently Breanna Sawatzky is Acting Manager for Campus Well-Being. Breanna has been with RRC Polytech since 2016 as the College’s Mental Health Coordinator and has worked to implement the Healthy Minds Healthy College strategy and develop the five year Roadmap to Action.

I am grateful for Breanna’s expertise in health and wellness, her commitment to consultation and evidence-based practice and her enthusiasm for Campus Well-Being.  Breanna has degree in Psychology, and is currently working towards a Masters of Public Health through the University of Victoria.

Recruitment and competition for the Manager position, as well as other key positions in Campus Well-Being will be forthcoming.

For more information, please review the frequently asked questions below.

We look forward to connecting with each of you soon.

Laureen Janzen, M.A.
Director, Student Support Services
RRC Polytech

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will any staff lose their jobs from the decision to cease Rebels sports teams?

No current staff will be affected by this decision. Due to Covid-19, the Rebels athletics program has not been operational for close to two years, and all staff involved in the program had previously been redeployed.

The shift towards a holistic Campus Well-Being unit will allow RRC Polytech to employ students on a contract, casual, or part-time basis.

The College is also actively recruiting permanent positions within the Campus Well-Being unit.

Was this decision made due to budget cuts?

No, there were no budget cuts made. All funds that were previously used to support the athletics program will be diverted to Campus Well-Being.

Sports and competition help students focus on their mental and physical health, and help relieve the stress from their studies. Why would you take that away?

The Rebels athletics program involved around 100-120 students per year across the four sports RRC Polytech had participated in. Through the Campus Well-Being unit RRC Polytech will be able to expand the mental and physical benefits of sport and competition to even more students – as well as staff and faculty.

We are currently not working or learning on campus, how can we get involved in Campus Well-Being?

During Covid-19, the Campus Well-Being unit will expand its offerings of virtual activities, including physical, mental and recreational sessions.

Once staff and students begin to return to campus full-time, many of those offerings will shift to in person – however we will continue to host virtual activities as well.

The unit will also work with the School of Indigenous Education, International Education, the Language Training Centre and each of the regional campuses to explore the best ways to engage staff and students in person when it is safe to do so.

Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 10, 2022

Bell Let’s Talk focuses on destigmatizing, building awareness, acceptance, and action in mental health. Of course, events will look slightly different this year, but continuing conversations about our mental health is more important than ever.

Hearing the stories others have to tell about their experiences overcoming and navigating mental health barriers helps us normalize and minimize the stigma or shame that we may feel concerning our own mental health.

Bell Let’s Talk Day represents a community coming together to learn about ourselves and the experiences of others and to create dialogue about what it means for us to support our mental health and wellness.

The Healthy Minds, Healthy College strategy focuses on ensuring that mental health resources in various capacities are accessible to the staff, students, and faculty at Red River College Polytechnic

For Bell Let’s Talk Day, we have compiled a list of self-led & facilitated activities to encourage participation in the mental health narrative by understanding and destigmatizing our experiences.

Please join us on January 26th from 12:00-1:00pm for a live facilitated workshop where we watch films curated by Student Life on Mental Health and discuss together ways to destigmatize and open up the conversation about mental health and wellness.

Explore Resources

Browse through the Wellness and Counselling Services websites and get up to speed on the variety of resources available to students. Staff resources can be found on the Staff Forum.

Pick up Bell Let’s Talk Merchandise

On January 26th drop by the Student Association Office at the NDC and receive a free Bell Let’s Talk Package including a toque, worksheets, and key fob. For questions about this please contact Pamela Villafranca

Contribute to the Virtual Photo Booth

Capture and share a photo of you wearing a digital Bell Let’s Talk toque and add a message about how you are taking care of your mental health. Access the virtual photo booth here.

Participate in Self-Led Activities

Download the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit that has self led activities, such as Self Care Activity Challenge, Kindness Box, Chatterbox, and Mandala Art. Access the toolkit here

Jack.org Pre-Recoded Jack Talk (online)

Attend the Jack.Org event on Mental Health 101- a course designed to help and develop an understanding of mental health through storytelling, and hearing individuals lived experiences.  Jack.org

Join the Social Media Campaign

On January 26, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

Mental Health Film Viewing- Facilitated Live Event

When: January 26th

TIme: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Platform: WebEx

Join us on January 26th to spend time together and watch a few short films on the topic of mental health, isolation, and stigma. Together we will discuss the films and practice grounding activities. Films are curated by the Student Life team and are chosen to represent various parts of ones mental health. Support will be available to all participants during the event. Register Here

 

 

 

Cookies with Kerri- Creativity, Coping, and Cookies

December 20, 2021

The holiday season is the perfect time for gathering with friends, new and old, and sampling sweet treats.

This heart-warming combination came together in a special virtual event planned by RRC Polytech’s Language Training Centre (LTC) and Student Life as part of the Healthy Minds, Healthy College Strategy. 

“Cookies with Kerri,” hosted by Kerri Korabelnikov, dean for the School of Education, Arts & Sciences, saw 50 students register for an online chocolate chip cookie baking lesson. While everyone got to enjoy a tasty treat at the end, the aim of the event went beyond baking.

“This wasn’t about just chocolate chip cookies, it was about connecting with people and creating a community,” says Korabelnikov. “It was very energizing; everyone was laughing and having a lot of fun.”

Students now living in Winnipeg but originally from around the world, including Korea, Mexico, and Colombia, collected ingredient kits in advance. On a blustery December evening, they joined together to participate step-by-step in a two-hour online session, hosted by Korabelnikov and supported by Michelle Johnson, manager of Student Integration and Employment Outreach at the LTC.

Students were also encouraged to involve their children in the cookie-making class, which made the experience even more special, says Korabelnikov.

The online baking activity was a family affair for LTC student Heidi Novelo Poot and her eight-year-old daughter, Maya.

“It was something different that you can enjoy with the kids and meet other people,” says Novelo Poot. “She (Maya) was so proud, and I think that was the best part. And those cookies were very good, and the recipe was easy.”

Another student, Gabriel Novelo (no relation to Novelo Poot), has been in Manitoba since moving from Mexico in August and is taking classes with the LTC. Activities like “Cookies with Kerri” are a good way to connect with people, Novelo says, something that is more challenging in the middle of a pandemic.

“I wanted to participate with students from other classes. As a newcomer, I need to be in touch with as many students as possible,” Novelo says. “As a newcomer, you need to integrate and take part in all of the activities.”

For Novelo, who operated a food truck in Mexico, the experience marked another first.

“It was fantastic because I used to cook in my food truck, but I never baked. This was the first time I had the chance to bake something,” says Novelo, adding the cookies “magically disappeared” quickly.

In addition to building a stronger sense of community, there are other positive mental health benefits to activities like baking, says Pamela Villafranca, Mental Health Coordinator at RRC Polytech.

“We want to introduce students to different self-care activities. We may not think of it this way, but cooking, baking and prepping food can be a form of self-care; it can be therapeutic for some folks, the process of working with your hands, mixing the ingredients, and getting to sample the final product can feel really good,” says Villafranca. “This workshop promoted connection and community building, and taking a break from your studies to learn a new skill.”

Villafranca shares some key wellness tips to stay connected and support your mental health:

  • Find ways to stay connected with your peers and your instructors – join group chats, use instructor office hours, turn on your video in class, and participate, such as asking questions in class
  • Recognize that we need a variety of forms of self-care, and we may need varying types of self-care at different times of our lives
  • Try something new! Baking cookies is one example of a self-care activity that helps you get creative, learn something new, and work with your hands
  • Learn about the services that you can access for support, including the Mental Health Coordinator and Student Support Services department

Above all, Villafranca notes: “We want the students to know that staff and faculty are here for them, and we want to support them.”

To learn more about wellness initiatives at RRC Polytech, the Healthy Minds Healthy College Blog. 

You can also try out Kerri’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup white sugar 1 tsp baking soda
1 cup margarine or butter 2 tsp hot water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix white sugar, margarine or butter and brown sugar together
  3. Combine baking soda and hot water in separate dish
  4. Add baking soda/water, eggs, vanilla, salt, and flour to sugar mixture and stir
  5. Stir in chocolate chips
  6. Form dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 350F for 9 -11 minutes
  8. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and let cool
  9. Enjoy your delicious cookies

And feel free to reach out and let us know what you think!

2022 Mental Health Events- Create a Vision Board!

December 14, 2021

Join RRC alumni, Amanda Le Rougetel for a night of Vision Board fun!

What is a Vision Board?

Also known as dream boards, a vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. These inspirational collages serve as your image of the future – a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. By putting a vision board somewhere you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis.

What supplies do you need?

All you need is: a pair of scissors, glue, stock paper/poster board, and magazines!

Don’t have any magazines, but still want to participate? Register below, and check ‘yes‘ to needing supplies.

Magazines must be picked up at the Notre Dame or Exchange District campus. Pick-up times will be directly e-mailed to you.

Don’t forget – you can also participate virtually with absolutely no supplies with the help of Canva!

REGISTER HERE

Mindwell Programs- Leadership, Meditation, and Drop-In Mindfulness

December 14, 2021

As we step into the new year, MindWell is offering bite-sized programs and classes to help you create lasting positive change to support your mental health and wellness into the new year. Below are some of the offerings of MindWell programs and drop-ins available to RRC Polytech, staff, faculty and students.  All you have to do is sign up for a MindWell account and you will have access to all mental health workshops and drop-ins. 

 

What’s on Offer?

  • Taking Care of the Mind that Leads

For all managers and people leaders, learn how to ground and remain resourced, relaxed and responsive as you effectively lead your team to success.

Learn more >>>

app.mindwellu.com/rrc/webinar

  • Learn to Meditate: Modern Mindfulness for a Busy Life

Akin to training your muscles at the gym, mindfulness capabilities can be strengthened by meditation. Learn the basics and create your own simple meditation practice.  All skill levels welcome! 

Learn more >>>

app.mindwellu.com/rrc/dropin#thu_programs

  • Choose Your Own Well-Being

MindWell’s virtual mindfulness studio with drop-in classes every day of the week! Sign up for one of these 20-minute sessions to get your daily dose of mindfulness and community! Find what works for you, and learn new skills to support your wellness.

Learn more >>> 

app.mindwellu.com/rrc/dropin 

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Mental Health Coordinator, Pamela at pvillafranca@rrc.ca

Winter Wonderland Paint Night

November 26, 2021

 

The holiday season can be both exciting and stressful. Exams may have left us feeling tired and in need of tuning in to the creative parts of ourselves. Practicing art and embracing our own creativity can help us feel grounded and is a beautiful form of self-care.  Please join us for a free Paint Night to take care of ourselves as we enter the winter season.

The Details

Date: December 16th, 2021

Time: 6-8pm

Platform: WebEx

REGISTER HERE.

Kisa MacIsaac, RRC grad and owner of Power of Painting, will (virtually) lead you through an evening of self-care as you create your very own painting.

THRIVE events encourage balance and self-care that in turn supports good mental health. All THRIVE events are offered at no charge to participants and are open to staff, students, and faculty.

Need Supplies?

For this virtual paint night, you’re welcome to use your own supplies or sign up to borrow a supply pack. Supply packs will include the canvas, paint, and brushes and can be requested when you register. Brushes and unused paint must be returned to your campus so they can be reused.

We have a limited number of supply packs, so be sure to register early.

There is abundant evidence that taking time to express ourselves through creativity in a social group improves mental health and overall well-being. Don’t miss this chance to make yourself a priority.

More on the Instructor

Kisa MacIsaac (she/her) is Métis, a mother, artist, educator, and a RRC graduate (ECE diploma 2005). She works in a nonprofit early learning and

childcare program in Winnipeg’s inner city and leads wellness painting events as well as creating custom artworks. Making art is medicine –

it has the power reduce stress and anxiety, it is relaxing. Everyone can make art, it’s all about letting go of fear and just creating and going with the flow!
Check out: Power of Painting – Workshops and Art by Kisa
Facebook.com/powerofpainting
IG: @powerofpainting204

 

Trouble Sleeping?- Tips for Healthy Sleep

November 23, 2021

Do you find yourself staring at the ceiling, trying to fall asleep? Do you struggle to find comfort in your bed? Is your mind racing as you try to sleep? 

Our foundational need for sleep increases during times of stress and anxiety, and our ability to maintain a healthy sleep schedule often feels impossible. As a result, sleep problems among students are prevalent and can feel frustrating. Sleep difficulties may include not falling asleep, staying asleep, and even waking up multiple times during the night.  

Many folks have been experiencing disrupted sleep patterns since the start of the pandemic. This is a normal reaction to a very abnormal situation. Our bodies are on high alert because we have experienced many transitional periods over the last 19 months. We need to be focusing on caring for ourselves a little more attentively, in knowing that our needs will look different than they did pre-pandemic.  

As a result of sleepless nights, we can trace the connection between rest and our mental health. For example, we may feel tired throughout the day, have trouble concentrating, and notice changes in our motor skills. Emotionally, we may feel higher levels of sensitivity, anger, or sadness. Establishing a sleep routine when we are experiencing stress can help create a sleep pattern that rejuvenates us.  

Here are some helpful tips:  

Set a regular sleep schedule:  

Try to maintain a consistent sleep pattern for the whole week. Giving yourself a wake-up time and consistent bedtime across the week helps make getting up every day a little easier.  

Create time to relax before bed away from blue lights: 

Doing relaxation practices before bed, outside of technology, helps to make us feel grounded. Relaxation practices could be reading, meditation, stretching, doing yoga, and having a shower. Blue lights from technology stimulate our brain and can impact our ability to fall asleep and gain access to restful sleep.   

Boundaries with your bed  

Set boundaries concerning how much time you spend in bed. Avoid studying in bed, watching TV, or any activities that might stimulate the brain to produce cortisol (the stress hormone), making it harder for us to sleep because our brain may associate our bed with stress. 

Try to move during the day

Moving based on your body’s ability helps with stress management and can help us fall asleep. Take a study break, go for a walk, or schedule yourself time to move your body throughout the day. Dancing, running, and walking are all forms of movement that help better our mental health and help us navigate healthy sleep patterns. 

Small routine changes 

Looking at your daily rituals and assessing how they impact your sleep patterns helps determine guidelines you can set for yourself. Minimizing your caffeine intake (as hard as it is) often helps folks manage their anxiety and stress levels, which translates into achieving the sleep they need. Avoid using caffeine and nicotine right before bed, and avoid eating large meals right before bedtime. We can experience the physiological implications of these activities, which can hinder our ability to sleep.

Trouble sleeping is often our body’s way of telling us that we need to pay extra attention to our needs. Therefore, we must be mindful and gentle with ourselves when we are experiencing shifts in our schedules or figuring out how to navigate a Covid-19 world.  

Light Therapy

November 15, 2021

The beginning of Fall into Winter can be a difficult time for us. We may start to feel the looming unknown of winter, dread winter driving, and deal with shorter days with less sunlight. In Manitoba, because of our northern latitude, many folks experience Seasonable Affective Disorder, and many may experience milder winter blues.

Light therapy, sitting near a specialized light each day, is one form of treatment.

We are pleased to offer light therapy stations at the Exchange District and Notre Dame Campus libraries. In addition, several regional campuses also have light therapy stations.

If you have been feeling changes to your mood, lower energy levels, or any of the symptoms listed below you may want to give light therapy a try. Staff and students are invited to work or study at the station anytime the library is open.

Smaller portable lamps are available for loan through A/V services.  That lamp may be used anywhere in the library that is near a power outlet. You will find instructions on proper use as well as important notes posted above the lamp.

To be effective, light from the lamp must enter your eyes indirectly. While your eyes must be open, don’t look directly at the light. Keep your session to 30 minutes unless otherwise directed by a physician.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

  • Feeling tired, depressed or sad
  • Increased appetite
  • Craving for carbohydrates and starchy foods
  • Weight gain
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Inability to concentrate, to focus
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Body aches and pains

If you feel that you may be experiencing any form of depression, including S.A.D., please speak to your primary health care provider.

Sources: The Mayo Clinic Website – www.mayoclinic.org and Northern Light Technologies Product Instructions