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Fall Reading Week Self Care

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: November 5, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Organizing your study space and getting a head start on your assignments will set you up for success for the rest of your semester.
Organizing your study space and getting a head start on your assignments will set you up for success for the rest of your semester. Photos: stock

Fall Reading Week starts on November 8! We’ve compiled some great tips for a mid-semester reset that will give you a much-needed break and set the rest of your semester up for success. So grab a warm beverage, get cozy, and read on to make the most of your Fall Reading Week! 

Restore 

Focus on calming activities like sleeping in, meditating, and listening to relaxing music. You’ll be thankful that you caught up on your sleep once you’re back to class! 

Stacey Bliss, PhD, sessional instructor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, holds 30-minute, guided meditation practices over Zoom on Tuesday evenings. These sessions are free for students and anyone with a limited income. The next session is Tuesday, November 9 at 9:00 p.m., and you can visit Eventbrite for more information and to register

Restock 

Let’s be real: your pandemic toilet paper stash is long gone, you’ve eaten way too much leftover Halloween candy, and you need to check the expiry date of that questionable salad dressing in your fridge. You are not alone.Take one day to make a grocery list, shop for what you need, and make yourself some healthy meals. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you could even do some meal prepping for the following week. 

Need a bit of help with stocking up? Check out the URSU Cares Pantry. Students who become members of the University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU) Cares Pantry program can get free groceries and toiletries. This includes items such as fruits and vegetables, cereal, bread, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and more. The next pick-up days are Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18, however you can register now on URSU’s UniVerse page to book a 30-minute timeslot for your pick up. 

Reconnect 

We’re vaxxed, masked and… ready to see people in person again?! Take some time to connect (safely) with friends or old classmates that you haven’t seen in a while. 

You can also safely check out the Regina Rams vs Manitoba Bisons game on Saturday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Mosaic Stadium. The following weekend there is a University of Regina Cougars Men’s Hockey games on Friday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. 

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is also hosting another Rawlco Radio Free Admission Day on Saturday, November 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Redecorate

How is your study space? Whether you are taking classes online or in person, it’s important to have a dedicated space where you can attend classes over Zoom, work on assignments, and study. 

Make sure your space is decluttered to eliminate as many distractions as possible. Next, consider bringing a bit of nature into your space by adding a few plants. Last, gather everything you need to be productive such as ear buds, a notebook or agenda, and a water bottle. 

The U of R even has virtual Zoom backgrounds that you can download if you want to change up your look on Zoom. 

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Try meditating or listening to calming music to relax on your week off.

Refocus 

Alright, you’ve rested, stocked your fridge, caught up with friends, and revamped your study space. It’s time to get down to business. Take advantage of having a week with no classes to organize your notes, make a to-do list, and work on upcoming assignments. 

The Student Success Centre offers several different virtual writing supports including tutoring offered via email and Zoom. They’re even offering a few workshops during Reading Week, including Writing Tests, Stress Management, and Group Work and Presentations. 

Bonus – If you want to start your week back to classes on a positive note, check out Mindful Mondays, presented by Health, Safety & Wellness, in conjunction with Student Success. Mindful Mondays is an online program series aimed at providing resources and tools to support your personal mental wellness. You can register for the November 15 Zoom session online, as well as the November 29 and December 6 sessions, all of which start at 9:00 a.m. 

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