Wellbeing

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Wellbeing is making the best of life - with good health, happiness, and fun.

At UVic and within Gustavson, we describe wellbeing as much more than just physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the complete integration of states of well-being, including physical, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, social, occupational, emotional and financial wellness.

All of these dimensions are important and interrelated in a way that contribute to our own quality of life.

When each of us is healthy and engaged, we're all better off. To support all-around wellness, we've collected reams of resources and we hope that whatever you're looking for, you'll find something here to help in your pursuit of wellness in all its forms!

Creativity is good for you! Researchers have found that people who are more creative on one day experience more flourishing and positive emotions like energy, enthusiasm, and excitement the next day (though not other positive emotions, like cheerfulness). So...engaging in small daily acts of creativity may influence overall well-being rather than simply making us feel good in the moment.

Is the Drive to be Masculine Hurting Your Mental Health? in Greater Good from the University of California, Berkeley, Dec 21, 2016

Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech in the New York Times, Oct 12, 2016
 

UVic employees have free access to this webinar on workplace stress, presented by Professor Cary Cooper of the University of Manchester.

Happiness

If research can prove happiness, this does: an amazing longitudinal study of wellbeing and happiness, brought to you by the good folks at Harvard and explained beautifully by Robert Waldinger.

In this podcast, UMich's Michelle Segar explains how to do what you want to do - by using motivation that really works!

This infographic describes 12 Steps to Happiness.

Here’s the article that goes with it

Happy, the movie, is a wonderful trip from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, to explore the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

The book Happy Money: the science of smarter spending, by UBC psychology prof Elizabeth Dunn and Harvard business prof Michael Norton, is a fun, research-backed read that lays out the five ways that money can make you happy. Hint: it's not how much you have; it's what you do with it.

Social

There are a hundred ways to enjoy life with your family, friends, and colleagues at UVic:

Cinecenta

Friday Music - Varied repertoire and instruments featuring School of Music students

Phoenix Theatre

Vikes Recreation

Sustainability programs

Grad House welcomes everyone - students, families, the public...

University Club memberships start at FREE. Every regular employee is entitled to one year's free membership. After that, it's only $20 a month.

Because living in a community - any community - can be challenging sometimes, UVic's Human Resources department offers this resource to help us get what we need, when we need it.

Emotional

UVic's emotional wellness offerings are here.

Spiritual

The sky's the limit when it comes to spiritual resources at UVic. From classes to gardens to spiritual practices from around the world, there's information here, and at Continuing Studies here.

Some Gustavson folks head to the lunchtime meditation session at Interfaith Chapel on Wednesdays. We'd love more company, so join us in the BEC lobby at 12 to walk over, or meet us there.

How to eat healthier - without changing your diet! Article in The Guardian July 12, 2016

Does it help to know which items on a restaurant menu are healthier and which are calorie heavy?

Not so much, according to Dan Ariely in the Wall Street Journal on Dec 23, 2016.

Healing Offices are good for employees, which is good for companies too. This is an interesting profile in The Guardian of Dec 9, 2016.

UBC study finds optimal walking and cycling speeds to reduce air pollution inhalation: “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you also are exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” said Alex Bigazzi, a UBC transportation expert.

How Music Might Improve Your Workout in the New York Times, Oct 26, 2016

How Exercise May Turn White Fat Into Brown in the New York Times, Oct 12, 2016

Women, men and sleep: yet another area where we differ, and so does the research. Scientific American, Sept 1, 2016, has the scoop.

Soooo easy! Check out these tips for getting some exercise even if you don't have time to hit the gym today!

Julian Treasure describes Sound Health in 8 Steps in this TED talk.

Arizona State University offered this free, online course on wellness, which started on June 6, 2016 and ran for eight weeks. Look up Introduction to Health and Wellness on the EdX website.

We spend hours every day using the equipment that allows us to do our jobs, and UVic's Occupational Health staff can help us ensure that the ergonomics of our workplace are working for each of us.

UVic has so many resources to help employees and students get and stay healthy:

The Human Resources website offers these resources

Physical wellness

Pacific Blue Cross has created a video tour of its My Good Health program, and this video by Tommy Europe, former pro football player, personal trainer, host of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides.

UVic benefits plans vary by employee group, and include health care benefits, counselling, life transitions and planning

UVic employees have free access to this webinar on workplace stress, presented by Professor Cary Cooper of the University of Manchester.

Fitness

Need help getting motivated? UVic researchers have some strategies for you.

And here are some specific tips to help you keep going once you've started.

A membership to UVic fitness facilities starts as low as $140.15 a year ($11.68 per month) for regular employees. There are other packages with varying levels of access available for students, community members, UVic retirees, and so on.

Recreation and fitness class information is here.

Drop-in recreation info is here.

There is a shower in Room 454A of the Business and Economics Building, available to all employees who have an External door key. The ante room also has a drying closet for wet cycling and walking gear.

Diversity rules the Go Gustavson! Bike to Work team (Bike to Work Week is in May and Bike to Work Day in October each year). We welcome walkers, in-line skaters, wheelchairers, cyclists.... If you self-propel, we want you! Contact Rachel at cssi@uvic.ca for more info.

This Conference Board of Canada webinar, Getting People Moving: Understanding Behaviour to Increase Physical Activity, might give some insights to help you motivate yourself or others to get moving. It's free to UVic employees.

Food

BC Farms and Food has a website, video, and map to help us find local produce and products, wherever we are on Vancouver Island.

UVic nutrition and eating links are here.

Education

UVic Continuing Studies offers more than 200 courses every term: online or face to face, professional development or just for fun.

Intellectual wellness

Unbridled curiosity? Always looking for ways to learn more? UVic has compiled some resources for you and your people.

And who doesn't love TED talks? There is an engaging 20-minute presentation on almost anything you can imagine and a zillion things you can't.

Professional development

UVic offers a heap of professional development short courses and workshops FREE to employees. From Accounting to Resolving Conflicts to Project Management, the list changes regularly. The Human Resources website has it all.

Occupational wellness

According to the research behind the book Wellbeing by Tom Rath and James Harter, career satisfaction is more important to overall wellness than any other single factor. At UVic, you can integrate your commitment to your work into your lifestyle for a satisfying and rewarding, well, life.

UVic offers a heap of professional development short courses and workshops FREE to employees. From Accounting to Resolving Conflicts to Project Management, the list changes regularly. The Human Resources website has it all.

Bullying

Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech in the New York Times, Oct 12, 2016

Christine Comaford in How to Stop Workplace Bullies In Their Tracks  in Forbes describes a practical, practicable Three-Step Bully Rehab Plan.

In HBR, Amy Gallo describes How to Deal with a Mean Colleague.

Gallo's book Managing Conflict at Work is in the UVic library system.

She's also got an HBR Q&A podcast on Four Types of Conflict and How to Manage Them.

Financial wellness

How to Budget for More Happiness in Greater Good from the University of California, Berkeley, Dec 21, 2016

UVic Human Resources describes financial wellness as a "state of wealth" that is independent of how much money you earn. It also includes your behaviours as they relate to your state of wealth, your subjective perception of your state of wealth, and your satisfaction with your state of wealth.

There are resources on the UVic HR website.

UVic offers a heap of professional development short courses and workshops FREE to employees, including some on personal money management, mortgages, pension, etc. The Human Resources website has them all.

The documentary film Happy illustrates this beautifully, in a wonderful trip from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, to explore the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

The book Happy Money: the science of smarter spending, by UBC psychology prof Elizabeth Dunn and Harvard business prof Michael Norton, is a fun, research-backed read that lays out the five ways that money can make you happy. Hint: it's not how much you have; it's what you do with it.