3 Apps that Will Help You Manage Your Stress

We struggle with stress every day, whether small stresses or big, it’s important for us to know how to manage our stress. Unfortunately, that can be really difficult to learn. 

What I found helped me learn how to manage my stress better was taking small steps. Instead of fully committing to a bunch of skills, I tried one. After trying boxed breathing a few times and seeing how it helped ground me, it became a habit. After weeks of not remembering to box breathe when I was stressed and failing to do it early enough to avoid further stress, I found myself immediately trying it without even thinking about it. It became a habit and I finally got the hang of it. 

If you are thinking about trying out some mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral therapy skills, or other stress management skills, I recommend trying one of these free apps: 


Download on the App Store or Google Play 

With really cool backgrounds and a range of meditations, Calm (calm.com) is a space to escape and relax in the comfort of your hands. This app is designed to keep you calm and it’s quite successful at it. 


Download on the App Store or Google Play 

Headspace (headspace.com) is a comprehensive meditation app, with guided and unguided meditations to help you through all phases of your life. The free app offers ten sessions, with hundreds of hours of extra content if you love it and want to subscribe. 


Download on the App Store or Google Play 

Happify (happify.com) is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. As the name suggests, Happify’s goal is to help us all feel happier, and more emotionally fulfilled. This is a great tool to keep in mind if you find yourself overwhelmed often and are struggling to feel emotional fulfilment. 

Easily Create a Resume Using Government of Canada’s Resume Builder

The Government of Canada has made it easy to build a resume. If you’re looking to revamp your resume or create a new one, try creating a free account and building one here. 

All you need to do is: 

  • Create a free account 
  • Scroll to the resume builder at the bottom 
  • Input your experience and information into each section 
  • Save and print! 

The builder formats everything for you so all you need to do is save a file! 

You can also access student and recent graduate employment opportunities on the Government of Canada job bank here. 

Learn How to Touch Type with TypingClub

Do you find sometimes you struggle with typing quickly? I did not have the chance to learn how to touch type in second grade, so I am trying to learn how to do it now as an adult. Touch typing can help you type faster and more efficiently so that you don’t have to feel like you’re struggling to keep up with your boss, professor, or teacher when you have to take notes.

I have tried the touch-typing exercises and I think they really help, but the biggest part of learning touch typing is muscle memory. Try to practice as much as you can and eventually your typing speed will improve!

Try the Typing Jungle lesson for fun games and exercises to help you improve your typing skills!

Visit TypingClub here.

Manage a Stressful Semester with #bytelearning

Learning bytes are short courses, typically no more than 6 minutes, that are designed to be easy to digest. You can search Rumie’s library for the topics you would like to learn, then choose a course and start learning!

This week’s #bytelearning follows the theme #education. Take a look at the following learning bytes to learn healthy eating tips:

3 Ways to Study Smart Shares tips that can help you create study habits that work for you. Sometimes we might be missing just a few tips that can improve our studying.

5 Ways to Focus on Your Mental Health This Semester Teaches you how important it is to focus on your mental health first. School is important, but it’s not everything. You matter too!

How Can Routine Help Me Manage Stress? This learning byte is a great resource to use if you are having trouble getting your tasks done because of stress. Getting a routine going can work wonders and help you manage your stress.

Rumie Initiative is technology company, a nonprofit organization, and a Canadian registered Charity. Check out the website here.

“We fill the gap between what you learned at school and what it takes to succeed by building the habit of lifelong learning.” – Rumie Initiative. 

10 Things You Should Know as a Tenant in Ontario

When you are a renter, it is important to know your rights. As a tenant there are certain rules you must follow, like how there are certain rules your landlord must follow too. Surprises can happen, so it’s important to be aware of what your landlord can and cannot do. 

Housingrightscanada.com is a great resource to use to learn more information about the rights you have as a tenant. This can help in cases like rent increases, illegal evictions, or maintenance requests. Through helpful articles, important resources, and people to contact, this information can help you feel more confident and aware if anything comes up.

Here are Housing Rights Canada’s Top Ten Tips for Ontario Tenants:

  1. Only provide deposits that landlords are allowed to request. When you are entering a lease agreement, your landlord cannot ask you to pay a damage deposit. Besides the first month’s rent, the only other monetary deposit a landlord can request is the last month’s rent and a key deposit.
  2. Request accommodations for your needs. If you have a disability, your landlord must make accommodations to ensure that you have equal access to and enjoyment of your rental unit. The landlord must work very hard to do this – up to the point of “undue hardship”, which is a very high standard.
  3. Do not accept a rent increase that is above the maximum amount allowed. For most units, rent increase amounts are governed by Ontario’s rent increase guideline, which sets the maximum amount that rent can be increased each year. For those units, the province will set an annual percentage that the rent can be increased by. For example, the rent increase limit in 2021 was 0%, and in 2022 was 1.2%.
  4. Hold your landlord accountable for repairs and maintenance. Your landlord must keep your unit in a good state of repair. It does not matter if you made a different agreement about repairs and maintenance when you signed your lease, or if you knew about a condition in your unit before you moved in. The law says that repairs and maintenance are always the landlord’s responsibility.
  5. Connect with your neighbours to resolve issues with your landlord. If you’re having issues with your landlord, talk to your neighbours. They may be facing similar issues, and together you can make plans about how to approach the landlord.
  6. Document interactions with your landlord. When possible, communicate with your landlord in writing and save all documents relating to your tenancy, such as your lease, rent receipts and any communication about repairs.
  7. Do not withhold your rent. In Ontario, you can bring a tenant application against your landlord if you think they are doing something improper. However, if you withhold your rent, you might be evicted.
  8. Do not move out immediately just because you received an eviction notice. There is a process through the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) that must be followed before an eviction can legally take place. In most instances, your landlord will have to get an order from the LTB to evict you.
  9. Do not move out immediately if your unit is sold. If the unit you are renting is sold to a new owner, it does not necessarily mean you have to move out. The new owner must continue to follow the lease. There are special rules the new owner will have to follow if they are planning to move into the unit.
  10. Seek help when facing challenges in your housing. CERA may be able to help you if you are facing an eviction or a human rights issue in your housing. Learn about our services. Call 1-800-263-1139 or 416-944-0087, or email cera@equalityrights.org. You may also find help at a legal clinic, the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations (FMTA) or the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO).

Visit housingrightscanada.com to learn more about your rights as an Ontario tenant.

3 Easy Holiday Goodie Recipes 

Have you ever seen someone’s dessert and thought “I really want one of those”? Baking can be messy and sometimes difficult. I have found three easy holiday goodie recipes for you to try when you’re craving some sugary cereal, chocolate, or peanut-butter! Grab your materials, gather your ingredients, and test out these delicious holiday treats from the Food Network. 

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths 

This recipe is hands-on, colourful, and easy to make. You will need a baking sheet, parchment paper, a saucepan, and a measuring utensil. If you love rice-crispy squares, you will love these wreaths. Check out the recipe here

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut-Butter Cookies 

This recipe requires no baking, so it’s a quick and easy dessert you can make anytime! You will need a baking sheet, parchment paper, a microwave safe bowl, and measuring utensils. Check out the recipe here

No-Bake Macaroons 

This recipe has slightly more steps than the previous ones, but I can promise you it is worth it. You will need a bowl, a loaf pan, measuring utensils, and a saucepan. Check out the recipe here.  

Give these recipes a try when you’re in the mood for holiday snacks. I always enjoy baking with another person, so you could give these a try with some of your friends and watch your favourite holiday movies. Check out more holiday treat recipes on the Food Network.  

3 of the Best Free Virtual Skill-Building Resources

Would you like to further your interests and skills using virtual skill-building resources? If you like to learn and keep your brain active, we’ve got you covered! For those subjects you love or that topic you want to learn more about, virtual resources can help you. From biology to history, you can expand your knowledge through interactive lessons. 

Check out these 3 free virtual skill-building resources:

Codecademy logo, which has a rectangle around the word code. 

1. Use Codecademy to learn computer science, coding, and web development. You can take lessons in HTML/CSS, Python 2, JavaScript, Java, and more. Codecademy’s free and interactive courses offer you the opportunity to explore courses about skills you might be interested in pursuing further.

TED logo.

2. Visit TED, a non-profit organization that aims to make great ideas accessible and create conversation. These ideas are primarily in the form of short talks, under 18 minutes. This is a great resource to expand your knowledge of current events, hear advice from professionals, and listen to inspiring stories.     

You do not need to create an account to access content on the site, however there are options for a paid membership.

Khan Academy logo.

3. Khan Academy offers free world-class education for everyone through a set of virtual tools. This organization produces short lessons in math, biology, history, economics, grammar, and more, in the form of practice problems, articles, and videos.

There are different levels of education with many topics in each. You can create an account or browse courses without one.

I have been taking the first year university course on world history, which is easy to follow. I enjoy watching the video lessons the most, so I recommend trying one if you find a subject that you’re interested in.  

How To Get Comfortable Spending Time with Yourself

It’s a Thursday night, you’ve finished your schoolwork for the day and your friends are busy until the weekend. So, what do you do? You could pick up an old hobby or maybe cook a big meal, but it’s just not the same. It can feel upsetting when you can’t do what you wanted to, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t find something fun to do!

Whether it’s rest, relaxation, or fun, spending time with yourself doesn’t have to be boring. Betterhelp shares helpful tips to become more comfortable spending time with yourself. Here are some highlights:

Plan Ahead

Come up with a plan on how you want to spend your time. This ensures you know what you’re going to be doing. This can also benefit people who enjoy checking off to-do lists. For example, write down your plans on a calendar like this:

A calendar with an "x" on some days, and on one square there are the words "read comic books!" with a red circle around it.

This is simple and gets the point across. You don’t need to plan it like a meeting, but it is helpful to know what activity you’re thinking of trying. 

Start Slow

Since this might be out of your comfort zone, it could feel a little awkward at first. Spend time alone in small time frames at first to avoid overwhelming yourself and giving up. Spend some time doing activities by yourself that you typically do not (for me this would be shopping at the mall or playing Mario Kart), and with time you will feel more comfortable doing things alone. This doesn’t mean you have to do things alone, this is just to help you feel more comfortable for when you do these things on your own.

Text that reads: "good things take time".

Try Something New

Trying new things can be scary, but it is also a great way to keep your mind busy. If you have always wanted to try doing a Rubix cube, borrow or buy one, start watching a YouTube tutorial, and give it a go! This is ideal for people who dislike awkward silence or tend to overthink when your brain is not active. If you feel nervous thinking about eating at a restaurant alone or seeing a movie by yourself, you don’t have to try this yet, remember to start slow first.

A chess board with a hand holding a brown pawn chess piece knocking over a white king chess piece. 

Use the Time to Relax

This is the perfect opportunity to use your time to rest and relax. This could be taking a bath, putting on your favourite playlist, or going for a walk. If you’re always on the go and feel like you don’t have enough time to just recuperate, this could be a great way to spend your night.

A person in a hammock with a hat over their face and a book on their lap. They seem to be napping. 

Take the time you need for yourself and try your best to enjoy it. Being alone can feel unsettling, but it is also a great time to reflect and learn more about yourself. You deserve to have a good time relaxing, reading comic books, solving a Rubix cube, and doing everything that brings you enjoyment.

Learn How to Manage Your Time with #bytelearning

Learning bytes are short courses, typically no more than 6 minutes, that are designed to be easy to digest. You can search Rumie’s library for the topics you would like to learn, then choose a course and start learning!

This week’s #bytelearning follows the theme #lifeskills. Take a look at the following learning bytes to learn how to better manage your time:

Find Your Work-life Balance begins with a reflection on your daily tasks, then helps you find a way to create a balance between work, school, and fun.

4 Strategies to Help You Find a Balance Between Your Part-time Job and School Work shares the best ways to find time for you, how to build a support system, and how to plan ahead.

How Can I Stay Organized with Multiple Project Timelines? This learning byte teaches you how to organize and manage your timelines through planning, prioritizing tasks, and rewarding yourself.

Rumie Initiative is technology company, a nonprofit organization, and a Canadian registered Charity. Check out the website here.

“We fill the gap between what you learned at school and what it takes to succeed by building the habit of lifelong learning.” – Rumie Initiative.