Ten tips for keeping your cool during back to school

We did it! We made it through the first week of back to school. While all three campuses are back at capacity and brimming with old and new faces, here are 10 tips to help you keep cool, calm and collected as the fall semester begins.

1. Commute calmly

Travel by TTC? Nothing eases the stress of the city commute like a good discount. Take advantage of U of T’s discount employee programs and services and purchase a discounted metropass.

2. Work on your well-being

Go from over-whelmed to wellness with HR & Equity-affiliated offices. From family assistance to health and well-being, we’ve got you covered.

The Employee & Family Assistance Program offers counselling, coaching, information, and support for all types of issues relating to mental health, health management, and achieving greater personal well-being.

The Family Care Office provides free, confidential information, resources, educational programming, guidance and referrals to all members of the University community regarding a broad range of family matters.

The Health & Well-Being Programs & Services office manages all aspects of Workplace Safety & Insurance Board claims management, including coordinating and assisting both employees and their managers in returning to their regular or accommodated work following a workplace injury.

3. Keep fit and find balance

Exercise has many physical and emotional benefits. Take a break from the screen, put down your project and get your sweat on.

UTM: A reduced-rate joint membership to UTM facilities, called Plan B, is available. Faculty and staff may also choose from a joint membership plan which provides access to facilities on the St. George and Mississauga campuses.

UTSG: The Joint Membership Plan offers a unique partnership of services and programs including the Athletic Centre, the Faculty Club and Hart House.

UTSC: A reduced-rate joint membership to UTSC facilities, called Plan B, is available.

4. Brighten someone’s day with the True Blue recognition platform

Already knee deep in projects and need a little boost to the finish line? Take the time to thank your colleagues for helping you get there. The True Blue Recognition Platform allows you to recognize small victories and day-to-day accomplishments in real time.

5. Be kind and Unwind

Looking for some entertainment after a long day of work? Who needs Netflix when U of T Libraries offers free movies, video games and online movie streaming services for staff. Login in using your UTORID and enjoy.

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6. Take a spiritual break in a multi-faith space

Whether you’d like to say a prayer or meditate, U of T’s multi-faith spaces accommodate all staff of all faith communities. Find your space at all three campuses:

UTM: Mississauga Campus Multi-Faith Spaces

UTSG: St. George Campus Multi-Faith Spaces

UTSC: Scarborough Multi-Faith Prayer Room

7. Relax with a good read

Did you know that U of T staff have access to the University’s 44 libraries? Access a world-class collection that includes more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, 1.5 million electronic resources and 28,000 linear metres of archival material.

8. Opt into opportunity

Got professional development on the mind? Fulfill your career potential with U of T’s Organizational Development and Learning Centre. Take a course or two, access one-on-one career coaching, or utilize their many resources and tools that help prepare you in the workplace.

9. Fuel up with food

Craving sushi, pho, or something vegan? Satisfy your palate with U of T’s diverse dining options. Load up your T-card and treat yourself.

UTM: Mississauga Campus Food Locations

UTSG: St. George Campus Food Locations

UTSC: Scarborough Campus Food Locations

10. Learn more with Lynda.com

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Trouble with Excel? Looking to improve your photography skills? U of T staff have access to all online tutorials on Lynda.com. Lynda is the leading online learning platform that helps develop the skills you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. Use your UTORid to access more than 1,400 courses.