5 ways to put the Thrive 5 into action

This month is Thrive month here at UBC! November is dedicated to promoting mental health on campus. One way we can nurture our mental health is through the incorporation of the Thrive 5. We know what you’re thinking, “What’s the Thrive 5?”. The Thrive 5 are simple, easy-to-implement ways to help you foster and maintain good mental health. During these stressful times, taking care of your mental health is more important than ever, so here are some ways to put it into action.

Move More

Whether you are tired of being cooped up at home, or are trying to keep your distance from the action, UBC has a physical activity for you! Here are some easy suggestions you can do that can contribute to your 150 minutes of recommended physical activity a week:

  • Attend “THRIVE with Daniela Dib” on November 30 on campus (Details coming soon!) or other offerings in celebration of Thrive month
  • Join an intramural hockey, basketball, soccer, or futsal team
  • Take a leisurely stroll with the Move U Crew at their weekly Wellbeing Walks
  • Tune in for a movement break on the UBC Rec instagram page
  • Check out the free fitness classes on UBC Rec’s Get Active at Home page

Sleep Soundly

Sleep is essential to productivity, memory, and mental health (aka what we need to survive university). Say goodbye to “I’ll sleep when I graduate” and hello to shamelessly hitting that snooze button. 

  • Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day
  • Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Create a nighttime routine to wind down
  • Put screens away an hour before bed
  • Limit your caffeine intake

Eat Well

We all know the health benefits of a healthy diet are never ending, but it can be tricky to resist ordering take out three meals a day. Here’s how you can fight the urge.

  • Designate time to meal prep
  • Keep Canada’s food guide in mind when prepping your meals
  • Think critically about what and why you purchase the foods you do
  • Eat more fruits and veggies, and drink more water
  • Check out these quick and healthy, no-cook recipes

Give Back

There are so many ways to give back and engage with causes you believe in. Here are some tips to get started.

  • Get involved in meaningful research
  • Donate to a local organization that resonates with you
  • Volunteer your time for a cause you believe in
  • Support a friend or family member
  • Have educational conversations with your community

Say Hi

Never underestimate the power of small talk. Check out this Ted Talk highlighting the importance of social connection, and try these tips to stay connected in these Covid times.

  • Reach out to your neighbors
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Aim to talk to someone new each day
  • Connect with loved ones
  • Join a new club 


And there you have it! Incorporate these easy steps into your routine and you’ll be well on your way to thriving this November.