At Saitsa, your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing
Check out our Self Care Tips here!
For today’s Wellness Wednesday, learn more about mental wellbeing by watching the videos/reading their summaries below!
Better quality of life is about making small improvements to different areas of our lives. It’s an on-going process for change and growth. The
Ex) Self-care, relaxation, stress-reduction
Ways to look after your mental health
Today we’re sharing volunteer testimonials with you, to showcase the ways that volunteering can increase your overall wellness. Check out the video, or read the full testimonials below!
Today we’re sharing
Michaela Tomic: 4thyear BBA, Marketing, President and Director of Marketing and Communications (Marketing at SAIT Club), VP Marketing (SAIT Finance Club)
How animals/pets improve wellness:
Owning a pet brings us joy by sharing lives with companion animals. Did you know that
Caring for an animal can help to:
Alternative pets and their benefits (besides dogs and cats):
Come watch some TED Talk videos! They will help you get motivated, sleep better, and stay calm.
Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, will help reduce
CHICKEN SOUVLAKI WRAP WITH CRISPY SMASHED POTATOES
For the Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ – red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp – dried oregano
1 tsp – smoked paprika
1 tsp – ground cumin
1 tsp – ground coriander
1 tsp – chili flakes
½ – lemon, juice
1 tbsp – olive oil
½ tsp each – salt & pepper
6 wooden skewers
For the Potatoes
12 mini yellow potatoes
¼ cup – olive oil
1 tsp each – salt & pepper
2 tbsp – tzatziki
For the Wrap
2 – 6” pita bread
2 tbsp – tzatziki
1 cup – chopped romaine lettuce
2 tbsp – diced cucumber
2 tbsp – diced red onion
2 tbsp – diced tomato
2 tbsp – crumbled feta
How Volunteering Benefits Your Wellbeing
One of the best things about volunteering is there are so many different ways to get involved! You can volunteer with SAIT, Saitsa, in your community or even with Saitsa clubs – yes, clubs involvement counts as volunteering! Today, I encourage you to read about how volunteering benefits your overall well-being and not just your resume.
It can make you happy!
Research has shown that if you measure hormones and brain activity, being helpful to others makes you happy. It’s human nature to want to give back to others, and the more that we volunteer or give to others, the happier we feel. Volunteering your time also keeps you connected with people, where you might develop a support system and a community of people who support you. There’s just a good feeling that you get when you volunteer your time for something that matters.
It can increase self-confidence.
While volunteering, you’re connecting and learning either with other people or from other people. It can provide you with a sense of accomplishment which can make you feel confident in the person you are becoming. Volunteering with something that matters to you, or that you enjoy can give you a sense of pride and identity.
It can reduce stress and anxiety.
The social aspect of working with others can benefit your overall well-being. Connecting with others and knowing that other people are interested in the same things that you are can help relieve anxiety and make you feel apart of something. Oftentimes certain volunteer roles help you gain experience in ways that you might not get as a student. This can be a huge stress reliever, knowing that you might be prepared for your future role after your time at SAIT.
It can give you a sense of purpose.
For many organizations, SAIT and Saitsa included, volunteers are so crucial to everything that we do. Volunteering can give you a sense of belonging and community where you are so valued and necessary. It can inspire you to look for ways to help others or do things better, all in all, a great way to spend your time.
It can create friendships!
Volunteering is a great way to connect with people who have similar interests as you! Saitsa clubs are great for this because you can meet so many people who are interested in the same things as you! Are you into online gaming? There’s a club for that. Do you enjoy hiking and being outdoors? There’s a club for that as well! There are so many academic and social clubs that cater to whatever you are interested in, and if there aren’t any that you see, you can create your own (check out saitsa.com/clubs for more info). All in all, friendships are a huge aspect of the post-secondary school life, so whether you meet someone through volunteering with SAIT, or in your community, it’s bound to have a positive effect on your overall well-being.
It can help you stay physically active.
Maybe not during COVID times, but volunteering can be a great way to get out from behind a screen. Check out resources such as the Volunteer Connector, to find some volunteer opportunities that might help you reach that daily step count.
All in All.
Volunteering is an incredibly positive experience and it can provide a lot of benefits to your overall well-being, definitely more than just what’s on this page. It can be an excellent way to explore your passions and interests, discover new hobbies, or reach your goals. Check out the below resources for ways that you can volunteer, you won’t regret it.
“Volunteering is a sure-fire way to raise one’s spirits, develop a sense of community (even more important now because of COVID 19), and live out your values of service, stewardship, and altruism“. – Melissa Gray, SAIT Student Development and Counselling
Get all your thoughts and feelings out of your head and down on paper! Do you keep a diary/journal? Did you know that journaling can help you create order when your world feels like it’s in chaos?
Benefits of Journaling
How to Journal
Types of Journal
Exercise is beneficial, but it can also be very intimidating if you are at the start of your fitness journey. Don’t worry because even just a few minutes of physical activity can make a big difference in how you feel! Start with 5 or 10-minute sessions and slowly increase your time. You can receive all the physical and mental wellness benefits of exercise with 30 minutes of moderate exercise. The key is to find a fitness routine that works for you so that you are encouraged to stick with it! Read below to see how exercise can benefit you. We also have several videos that you can follow along to get started!
Fitness Instructor, Alyssa Wilkins, has created 2 videos for you to follow along with!
Benefits of exercise
What we eat can have a huge impact on us, especially during exam season!
We have 3 new healthy food recipes – Hummus, Healthy Smoothies, and Peanut Butter Energy Bites. View the recipes here!
Are you looking for ways to relax? Do you need a quick and easy way to unwind with a low-pressure activity that also improves your physical and mental wellness? Restore after a long day of classes and assignments with these coloring sheets!
Check out our tips for wellness during the holidays here!
We have 9 new healthy holiday recipes for you to try. Check out the recipes here!