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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! 

Thrive by Moving More 

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 


Thrive by Sleeping Soundly 

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


Thrive by Eating Well 

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!


Thrive by Giving Back 

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


Thrive by Saying Hi! 

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 (, Thrive Committee co-chair. 

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Thrive 5 Infographic 

Share the Thrive 5 by downloading the infographic here.

We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.