Tagged student wellness

Combat stress and anxiety with grounding techniques

By Christie Melhorn, October 11 2017 —  As a busy University of Calgary student, you’ve probably become accustomed to stress and anxiety, kind of like how you get used to the MacHall food court being a total shit-show at lunchtime. The relentless chatter, cash registers slamming and procrastinating students watching YouTube videos on full blast…

Break procrastination to improve your grades and mental health

By Christie Melhorn, September 29 2017 — Sometimes, the motivation to start a class assignment is too far down the gutter to bother reaching for until you’re drowning in sewer water. Some students work well under pressure. Others don’t, but still need the sense of impending doom to push them. Whichever the case, procrastinating can…

Spice up your breakfast with pumpkin waffles

By Christie Melhorn, September 27 2017 — With fall comes a crisp chill in the air, the enjoyable crunch of leaves under your feet and an eruption of pumpkin-flavoured everything. Whether or not you’re a fan of the plump, charming gourd, its popularity won’t falter anytime soon. And understandably so, as pumpkins are loaded with…

Know the risks of weed before lighting up

By Kent Wong, September 27 2017 — Weed, marijuana, the Devil’s lettuce, pot, Ganja — all common names for cannabis. Maybe you’re an expert on the stuff or perhaps you’ve only ever taken a puff of someone’s joint at a house party and gagged for the next minute. The pros, cons and risks of using…

De-stress by decluttering your space

By Christie Melhorn, September 19 2017 —  By the time midterms hit, your room will likely reflect your hectic schedule — clothes scattered around your room, an overflowing garbage can and dust collecting on your dresser. Keeping your space clean during school is as impossible as cleaning every typo out of an essay, but you…

Beat the heat to avoid summer burnout

By Christie Melhorn, August 3 2017 — After Calgary’s brutal winter, you may want to spend as much time outside as possible during the current heat wave. However, it’s easy to overdo it under the sun. The following tips will prevent you from passing out at 8 p.m. on Friday after one beer because of heat…

Spend time in Calgary’s green spaces this summer

By Christie Melhorn, July 28 2017 — With consistent golden sunshine and just enough rain to let the city’s plant life thrive, this summer in Calgary has been stunning. Back in March, when the city was glazed with ice and the trees were bare, I happened upon a floral studio off 17 Ave. and remembered…

Campus club makes Alberta’s back-country accessible to students

By Christie Melhorn, July 27 2017 —  Alberta’s lush landscape of turquoise lakes and dense greenery is world-renowned. In 2011, National Geographic listed Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park as one of its top 15 hikes in the world. While few would argue about how relaxing a day in Banff or Kananaskis is, the grind…

Skip the Stampede hangover this year

By Christie Melhorn, July 7 2017 —  Whether you’re committed to wearing cowboy boots during Stampede or want to burn every pair you see, Calgary’s laid-back vibe over the next 10 days can tempt even the most Stampede-averse folks to drink an 8 a.m. beer. However, you don’t have to suffer the bed-riding hangover that typically…

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