Back to school 2022: The techlifetoday students' guide to wellness

Good health is the key to a good school year 

Good grades are important, but if you don't have your health – physical, mental or emotional – they won't help you as much as they should.

To help you operate near peak wellness (we know it won't be perfect – school, by nature, tests all our faculties (pun intended)), we offer this guide to wellness. It features stories on dealing with anxiety, reshaping perspectives on debt, taking care of your body, and more.

We've summarized each one below and provided links to the originals, so you can skim the surface or plunge right in. Those stories also have links to invaluable services to help you throughout the year. Don't miss out!

In the meantime, have an awesome, productive year at NAIT – just be sure to look after yourself as you go.

6 ways to stay positive

Being negative is natural  expecting the worst is an evolutionary mechanism that helps us anticipate threats and survive them. But staying in that state isn't much fun, nor is it healthy. Here, Personal Fitness Trainer chair Kate Andrews offers six ways to change your perspective. Feel your feelings, but also pause to consider what's causing them and how those causes might be seen in a more positive light.

How to deal with COVID anxiety

To say there are varying opinions about COVID-19 is putting it lightly. Worried your views might not align with those of others, making for discomfort or anxiety? Dr. Tanya Spencer, NAIT student counselling and mental health lead, offers four coping strategies to help you through these persistingly unprecedented times.

Know that you belong (and help others feel it, too)

Community is a word that NAIT doesn't take lightly. Building it takes work, compassion and time. To help the polytechnic has directed efforts toward honouring Aboriginal knowledge on campus and in classrooms.

Grads are doing this work as well, and offer tips to the rest of us on how to participate. We all want a community that feels inclusive of our uniqueness. Perhaps we can take some comfort in the fact that we have it in us to help make it that way.

Dealing with student debt

If you're a student, chances are you have student debt. It's no small thing, but it's also not a burden that will necessarily weigh you down long after you graduate. JR Shaw School of Business Accounting instructor Stacey Cooper has tips on how to come to peace with your loans, not make things worse and, one day, repay them.

Better sleep in six steps

Sleeping better makes us better at being awake. We're not going to tell you that you need you a solid eight hours a night (well, if you can you should). But a NAIT counsellor has ideas on how to make the most of the hours you get. Get into the right frame of mind, don't try too hard and never take a certain something into the bedroom. Rest assured, these tips will help.

Reduce digital eye strain

How many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen? Probably a lot. And it's likely about to be a lot more, which could lead to some very sore eyes. A solution is in sight! Particularly if you wear glasses, consider these six tips from grad Tana Currie (Opthalmic Dispensing - Glasses ’06, Optical Sciences - Contact Lenses ’08), owner and lead optician at The Vision Parlour.

Hang with Flynn

It’s a “ruff” job but someone’s got to do it. Since September 2013, Flynn, an Australian labradoodle and NAIT's assisted therapy dog, has been a presence on campus, bringing a warm, fuzzy sense of calm to whomever he meets. You'll find plenty of friendly faces at NAIT this year but this one's just a bit furrier than most.

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