Need a recharge over the holidays? 10 activities to try
December 21, 2021

This time of year is unique to everyone and often brings a variety of emotions for people. Remember to be kind to yourself and others.

We hope you can take some time for yourself over the holidays to rest and recharge. Here are some self-care ideas you might want to try on the break:

  1. Curl up: Make a blanket fort or cozy nook, then hide inside it with a good show or book. Rest is good for your mind, body and spirit.
  2. Write it out: Did you know the bullet journal is a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity tool?
  3. Practise saying no: Our boundaries are important and this time of year can be overwhelming and busy. Check out our boundaries post on
  4. Get creative: Try a new recipe. Colour or paint. Pick up an instrument. Document the holidays through photos. Spend time on hobbies. Aim to reach that state of flow which can positively impact your well-being.
  5. Curate a new playlist or turn up the tunes and dance: Research shows there are psychological benefits to music, including reduced stress, improved mood and pain management.
  6. Engage in play: Build a snowperson, try out a new board game, throw a ball in the yard, have fun with Lego, blow bubbles, or go tobogganing. See how play can impact you and your relationships.
  7. Handwrite a thank you letter to a loved one or friend: Check out these 14 health benefits of practising gratitude.
  8. Spend time outside: A study from 2019 shows nature may make us happier and healthier because it inspires awe.
  9. Do a guided meditation: Start here:
    1. Mindfulness Without Borders 
    2. Meditation resources curated by Sharon Salzberg
    3. Meditation and guided reflections curated by Tara Brach
    4. Audio resources from Mindful
    5. 20 best meditation apps for 2021
  10. Listen to a podcast, audiobook or inspiring talk: there are a few on our Mental Health and Well-being portal pages.
A small and disproportionate (but adorable!) snowman with a carrot nose, floppy hat, and googly eyes
Take some time to have fun! We highly recommend building weirdly adorable snowpeople.

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis: 

  • In Canada: call the Good2Talk helpline at 1.866.925.5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
  • Outside of Canada: call Keep Me SAFE at 1.416.380.6578

Are you a Georgian student? Here are three new resources to help you put your mental health and well-being first.

Be Well @ Georgian

A new text service that sends helpful tips right to your phone when you need them most!

Learn more about Georgian resources and workshops. Be reminded of ways to take care of your well-being.

Conversations in Mental Health @ Georgian

Put your mental health and well-being at the centre of your educational experience. Take 45 to 60 minutes to complete this online initiative designed to help you flourish. Find it in Blackboard under My Courses.


Anonymously access an online community where people can support one another. ​​​​​​​It’s open and clinically managed by professionals 24/7. It includes helpful resources, courses and self-assessment tools. Best of all, it’s free for students!

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Faculty and employees can access some of these resources too. Reach out to [email protected].