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Wellbeing at Work

Taking a break not only improves your mental wellbeing and reduces stress, it leaves you feeling recharged and can boost your productivity.

Take a break

Favourite ways to take a break at Ryerson

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One of the best ways to rejuvenate yourself is to simply go for a walk.
Want to get the heart pumping with more vigorous fitness?
Make the most of the milder seasons with a visit to a local park or attraction.
Are you an arts fanatic?
  • Pop over to the Ryerson Image Centre, where you can take in a free exhibit on your lunch hour most days of the week. They even offer free guided tours at 2:30 p.m.
  • Why not enjoy a noontime concert at the Metropolitan United Church? The concerts are only 30 minutes in length and feature a different pianist or organist each Thursday.
  • Want to unwind before heading home after a long day at work? Stop by the Art Gallery of Ontario – admission to the collection galleries is free every Wednesday from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Looking for somewhere away from your workspace to eat a packed lunch?
  • The Staff/Faculty Lounge in Jorgenson Hall is a great place to meet your colleagues from different areas of the university.
  • The Quad remains an oasis of green space at the heart of our campus.
  • Yonge Dundas Square has many seating areas available to the public - and usually some entertainment as well!
Want to grab a hot drink or a lunch out?
  • Try the Nutellacino at the Black Canary Espresso Bar, located inside the Silver Snail comic store at Yonge and Dundas.
  • Why not visit Balzac’s campus location for a coffee or tea? It's a great spot to run into friends and colleagues.
  • RU Dining is a student-run lunch hosted by TRSM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon - 1:30 p.m.
Of course, we can't forget retail therapy!

Stroll through the Eaton Centre or down Yonge Street. You can knock an errand off your list or window shop with friends. A change of scenery can do a lot to boost your energy when you get back to your desk.

Just looking for a quick break without leaving your desk?
  • How about changing focus with a quick game of sudoku or a daily crossword?

  • These yoga stretches are easy to do at your desk. Take a deep breath and invigorate yourself with a few poses between tasks.


What about a puppy fix?

The RU Therapy dogs are on campus every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. during each semester. Check out the @RUTherapydog twitter account for up-to-date information on the puppy visiting schedule. 

Resources for mental wellbeing at work

Bolster your workplace wellbeing practices and knowledge with the support of these resources.

Mental health checklist

Take a moment to review this wellbeing checklist from Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, a website dedicated to promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. While it's sometimes difficult to take a step back and assess how we're doing on a day-to-day basis, this checklist will help put things into perspective to make sure you're getting the most out of each day.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

The Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary service that can support you through all kinds of problems and challenges in life. The EFAP provides support over the phone, in-person, online and through a variety of issue-based health and wellness resources.

Sitting all day: Worse for you than you might think

Check out Sitting all day: Worse for you than you might think, a story from the National Public Radio (NPR) about the dangers of sitting all day. The good news? Each one-minute break you take from your seat is shown to have a positive impact on your physical health.

Toronto Public Health encourages you to make one small change in your commute to improve overall health in ActiveTO: Rediscover the stairs.

Use short breaks to help manage stress

Feeling like your to-do list is only getting longer? Stuck on an idea for a current project? 

Mindfulness meditation can be a great way to reinvigorate yourself. In this video, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains how to refresh your mind each day in just 10 minutes.

Create space for breaks to take place

These helpful tips discuss ways to ensure you create space for breaks to occur, like scheduling them into your calendar and setting yourself up for success by planning breaks you enjoy and that best fit your personality.

Think your back-to-back meetings prevent you from getting some fresh air? Nilofer Merchant challenges you to literally move your meeting in this video called Got a meeting? Take a walk.

Make sure your computerized workstation is set up ergonomically

Ryerson University’s comprehensive ergonomics program offers a number of resources in order to best set up your workspace. From information sheets with stretches you can do at your desk to eLearning modules, these resources are designed to ensure that your workstation enables the most efficient, safe and productive environment.

Visit the Office Ergonomics program for more information.