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Healthy Survival in Montreal

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Montréal, QC H2W 1C5

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At Café Imagine, we are taking an unusual step, it’s to develop a guide, a Healthy Survival Guide, to help you make the most of your stay in Montreal, and also stay as healthy as possible during your stay. The idea emerged from numerous discussions with students and professionals, new to the city, and finding it hard to adapt.

The guide is particularly geared towards students and professionals from out of town, who are not used to the city, and more generally to our harsh winters. But it can be helpful to anyone who seeks to enjoy living in the city while embracing a healthy lifestyle.

Topics to be covered in the guide include:

  • to eat: yes it’s tough to eat healthy in Montreal, and we will cover both how you can prepare healthy food affordably at home, and how you can find cafés, restaurants that serve healthy food at an affordable price
  • to exercise: the conventional wisdom is to go to the gym, but this is also known to be pretty unsustainable, as most, sooner or later, give up; but luckily, there are other means to stay fit, so let’s explore the gym and non-gym ways to stay fit!
  • personal hygiene and cosmetics: it’s not a particularity of Montreal, but many personal hygiene and cosmetic products bring unnecessary toxicity to your body; so what are the products to avoid, what are the products to embrace?
  • to sleep; this is a big issue, particularly in the winter, with the lack of ventilation and the noise from snow removal. So what steps can you take to maximize your chances of sleeping well? And obviously, we are not talking about sleeping pills here.
  • healthy lifestyle; surviving the winter requires good routines, otherwise, there are significant risks of mild depression, seasonal affective disorder, and obviously, don’t expect to operate optimally for your studies or your work if you get into that trap!
  • medical care; in principle, you are covered by Canada/Quebec’s universal health care, but … is it universal, can you get access to a GP? Question: how to best utilize the health system to support your personal health? And what to do in case of an emergency?
  • to study/work; the library is packed, your roommates are too noisy? So where to study? Of course there is Café Imagine ! (yes we have a bias here!), but there are other cafés, coworking spaces that should help you to study/work in an efficient manner
  • transportation; in terms of life coaching, transportation is considered … waste time … yes it’s time wasted, most of the times. So how to you minimize this waste time? Or how to make the most of it? Oh .. and how to reduce your likelihood of a transportation related accident, particularly in the winter time?
  • accommodation; with the crazy winters we have in Montreal, you will stay lots of time home — so what do you need to know about accommodation ? And even if it is not for this year, some tips to get a better place to stay next year may be helpful!
  • social life; it’s critical to hang out with likeminded people; if you hang out with successful students, chances are that you are, or will become, a successful student; and it’s critical to stay out of drugs, alcohol or other addictions; but how to have a decent social life in that context ?
  • stress management; like it or not, there is lots of stress coming with living in a city like Montreal, and tough studies and exams are obviously an additional source of stress ; so learning ways to cope with stress is critical
  • stay informed; if you are new to Montreal, you will be a bit puzzled, as there is such a variety of people living in the city. You will find a lot of the news full irrelevant. In addition, a lot of the local info is in French, which you may not master. So where to get your info? We will provide a few tips so you can stay informed yet avoid wasting time with the news,
  • get engaged; sooner or later, part of your personal balance will require you to get engaged, or to give back to society ; yes you are extremely busy with studying or working, and you cannot even cope with the climate and the mountain of things you have to do, and yes, it may be a good idea to get involved with a cause, or to volunteer! but how?
  • cultural hotspots; you study and work hard, and you read some books or listen to podcasts or even watch some movies or documentaries, but … yes, you may also want to enjoy some culture; and Montreal has much to offer, even in wintertime
  • escape the city; for a day or two, or for a week or two, it may be good for you to escape the city, but in practice how to proceed, where to go, knowing that both time and money are typically constraining

This list isn't obviously complete, but provides an idea of key topics that will be covered in the guide.

With this event, we invite you to provide your comments, and discuss with the other participants, the various topics that are listed above, and more.

On the basis of the discussion, we will finalize the guide and make it available to everyone who seeks guidance about how to make the most of his/her stay in Montreal, and also stay as healthy as possible during that time.

Note: this event is in English, but if there is sufficient interest, a similar event will be organized in French.

Like for other Imagine TALKS, the event is free, but a fee of 8$ (taxes included) is collected at the entrance to cover drinks and snacks, available at will during the event.

About Café Imagine: Café Imagine is an innovative space located at 16 Rachel E. on the Plateau Mont Royal in Montreal, combining café and coworking space. It's an ideal place to study, cowork, create and chill. So we welcome you at our Café! We also present TALKS on most wednesdays of the year, as well as other events such as board games evenings. See details: http://cafeimagine.ca


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