A Week Dedicated to Health & Wellness
Your overall health and wellness play a significant role in your success as a student. This week we’re encouraging all Centennial students, staff, faculty and community partners to be extra intentional about their health and wellbeing.
This week we’re offering a variety of activities to help you focus on positive health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Also, use this time to reflect, relax, have fun and make connections.
The Semester’s Wellness Week theme is:
Connections + Relationships.
The past couple of years have reinforced the value and power of community and maintaining healthy relationships. The way we make and maintain connections is more different now than ever. Facing challenges, like timezone differences, choppy internet connections, physical barriers and the list can go on. We’ve also seen the power of unity, storytelling and community support and advocacy.
This week all our workshops and programs tie in elements of:
- Community Building
- Establishing Boundaries
- Nurturing Healthy Relationships
Check out the upcoming Workshops, Events & At Home Wellness Resources that you can do at home with your family, friends, or peers.
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Click on an event you would like to join to find out how to attend or to pre-register!
Monday, March 28, 2022: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2022: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wellness in Motion
Wednesday March 30, 2022: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Move to the beat with your mind and body! Join us in our Mindful Hip-hop Dance Class with Aaron Harper! We will also be joined by Ivan Sharma, Centennial Alumni, to share his wellness movement story! Register now at ccsai.ca/wellness
Aaron Harper, Dance Adaptation Facilitator
We have invited a previous Centennial College student facilitate our workshop. Aaron (A.J,) has been dancing and playing music for most of his life. At the age of 10, he was inspired to perform for a school play using dance moves he learned from music videos. In 2020 A.J. won two back to back 2 vs 2 Allstyle battle events as well as First place in an online Allstyles battle. During this time, A.J. joined the dance collective Blvckout Fam as well as producing music initially for the streetdance community. His music has reached street dancers throughout the globe as he continues to share dance and the culture behind it. In recent years, A.J. has connected his dance knowledge with mental health as he has worked with various daycares and child organizations teaching dance and mental health awareness
Ivan Sharma, Guest Speaker
We have invited Centennial Alumni, and former Campus Directo of the Story Arts Centre, Ivan Sharma. Ivan was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy a muscle degenerative disorder at age of seven. He is an upcoming motivational speaker who gets really inspired when it comes to helping others by providing tips and advice through his experience in life. He’s mission is to motivate others to help provide a framework to a limitless mindset.
Event Registration: Wellness in Motion - Dance AdaptationRegister below to attend.
Drawing the Line: An Art Therapy Workshop on Establishing Boundaries
Thursday, March 31, 2022: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pause, relax, and create a masterpiece with Full Circle Art Therapy Centre this wellness week! Art Therapy can help individuals externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process, as well as the end product, can be used to enhance a person’s mental, emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being.
Here is what you will need to participate at home:
- Pen / Pencil
- Coloured art materials
Taylor Bourassa, (Registered Psychotherapist – qualifying)
Taylor Bourassa (she/her) integrates art, nature and typical talk therapies as a way to provide a more holistic approach. There are moments in life when words fall short of what we are feeling, or are unable to reach the depths of our understanding and expression. Taylor finds it helpful in these moments, to call on the expressive arts and nature to access the nuance in feeling and expression. Through art-creation and exploring your experiences through a nature-based lens, you may come to deeper insights that you can hold and reflect on. Taylor typically works with children, youth & adults, who are experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem or body image issues; and those who are seeking a deeper understanding of life’s big questions and their own spirituality
Event Registration: Drawing the Line: An Art Therapy WorkshopRegister below to attend.
Reconnecting Relationships Workshop
Thursday, March 31, 2022: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Led by Centennial College Event Management students. Chat with an influencer and expert relationship life coach will give us a nice talk of how the pandemic affected the way that we relate to people and how we can manage it better. Meanwhile, a DJ rocks the event!
Register at: https://reconnectin.wixsite.com/relationships
Follow @Reconnecting.Relationships on Instagram for updates and to watch live!
Paint Night: Free your mind, paint to unwind
Friday, April 1, 2022: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Centennial Grad Leora Kotian and in collaboration with the Centennial Colts, join us for a night of creativity, fun and good conversation! Pre-register in advance to pick up a Paint Kit from the Centennial Colts or use your own materials. Paint Kits are now out of stock.
To follow along at home, here is what you will need:
- Assorted paintbrushes of different sizes (thin to thick)
- Assorted paint colours
- Canvas – of your preferred size
- Palette or plate to mix colours
- Paper towel or rag to wash & dry brushes
- A cup of water for rinsing
- Opt: Pen, pencil for sketching
Wellness At Home
March 28 – April 1
Journaling and writing is a great way to reflect and unwind. You can use one, or some, or all of the following journal prompts to help you with self-reflection and help you practice more self-care in your day-to-day life.
- If I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say is…
- The two moments I’ll never forget in my life are… Describe them in great detail, and what makes them so unforgettable.
- Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.
- When I’m in pain — physical or emotional — the kindest thing I can do for myself is…
- Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely support you, and who you can genuinely trust. (Then make time to hang out with them.)
- What’s one topic you need to learn more about to help you live a more fulfilling life? (Then learn about it.)
- Write the words you need to hear.
Taking care of your body and eating well is important in staying healthy, and cooking your own means is a great way to ensure you know what’s going into your body and it’s also a great way to relax. Visit the CCSAI Cooks page for a new recipe that you can try!