The Thrive 5
There are many different and relevant ways to foster and maintain good mental health and we encourage you to explore what works best for you during Thrive Month!
However, research* consistently points to five ways that can help promote and support a healthy mind. We call these the Thrive 5, and they are simple, easy-to-implement ways to help you Thrive year-round!
Adding activity to each day can help you manage stress and can boost your mood. Why not try:
- Taking a stretch break (or two) during your day. Don't be afraid to try these Move UBC tips from the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society.
- Busting a move to your favourite song (don't forget to turn up the volume).
- Parking or getting off at a bus stop farther away
- Taking a brisk walk for 10 minutes each day
- Standing for five minutes at the beginning of each hour
Getting enough quality sleep can help you tackle work, classes, and life’s everyday challenges. Why not try:
- Turning off your screens before bed (Instagram can wait!)
- Establishing a bedtime routine
- Taking a 20-minute nap during the day
- Waking up at the same time every day
- Going to sleep when you’re feeling sleepy
Eating a balanced diet will fuel your mind and body. Try:
- Adding one more vegetable to each meal
- Incorporating one plant-based meal into your diet each week. Have you checked out the amazing vegetarian meals at Open Kitchen?
- Eating breakfast--it's the most important meal of the day!
- Taking time to smell your food
- Packing a healthy lunch. Don’t forget snacks!
Helping others adds to your sense of purpose, connection, and wellbeing.Try:
- Donating to the United Way UBC campaign
- Offering your skills to someone in need
- Volunteering for a campus or community event
- Joining a cause close to your heart
- Caring for a plant or animal
- Being a mentor to someone
Spending time with family, friends, and community provides a sense of belonging.Try:
- Introducing yourself to someone new
- Sharing a meal with a friend
- Reconnecting with someone you’ve lost touch with
- Spending time with loved ones
- Joining a club, leisure activity, or community group
Want to Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about research and literature that supports the Thrive 5, please contact Levonne Abshire (firstname.lastname@example.org), Thrive Committee co-chair.
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