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Tips for keeping calm during stressful times

During unprecedented times it is normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed, as stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. We all need a bit of stress to thrive as humans, but how we manage this is key.

Check out these tips for ways to keep calm during stressful times:

1. Practice breathing exercises: Breathing is a great way of helping us to regulate our emotions. Through your breath, you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which will help to calm your body.

Check out this link to learn about the 4-7-8 breathing technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmBYdfv5RSk

2. Adopt an attitude of self-compassion: Self-compassion is about being mindful of your emotions, it is about learning to observe and notice your emotions, without fuelling the fire. By practicing self-compassion we learn to be kind to ourselves, which in doing so helps us to remain calmer.

3. Foster genuine connections: Building on our connections is another great way of helping us to remain calm. Next time you find yourself experiencing feelings of stress why not reach out to a friend and tell them about it, I guarantee you will feel a lot better for it.

Jumpstart your Health and Wellbeing – a free six week walking programme

Would you like to start exercising, but are a little overwhelmed by all the high intensity training online?  No problem!  Walking is one of the safest and healthiest forms of exercise to get you started, and we’re here to help.

What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is a FREE six week walking programme that will progress you from walking nowhere, to walking 5km comfortably and safely.  You don’t need to join the RecCentre, and you can do it wherever you like!

Once you’ve completed it, you may feel stronger about hitting up the many gorgeous walks in Canterbury, once we hit Level 2.

Why join Jumpstart?
  • Having a programme with daily goals helps keep you on track
  • You’ll have a trainer assigned to you, so you can chat about anything that pops up
  • We throw in some beginner conditioning and stretching that will improve your strength and flexibility, helping you walk better
How do I join?
  • Simply download the Rec & Sport app (it’s free), and select the Jumpstart programme from the featured programmes selection.
  • This will be your programme to follow for the next six weeks.
    You can start the programme anytime you like.
  • Your first walk is just 10mins! (And we guarantee, absolutely NO BURPEES!)

If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor or discuss with your trainer before commencing the programme.

For more information, check out our Jumpstart – Desk to 5km page.
Nga mihi

UC Rec & Sport

EMAIL | COVID-19 | Tell us what you think – preparing for Alert Level 2

Kia ora koutou,

As you know, we’re currently at Alert Level 3 until at least 11 May. After that date the Government is expected to provide an update about when we can shift to Alert Level 2. In the meantime UC has been planning for Alert Level 2.

Term 2 (Semester 1) continues online

UC will continue to deliver lectures, tutorials and assessments online for the remainder of Semester 1 (including exams from 8 to 20 June) – there is no change to this. However, during Alert Level 2 parts of campus will reopen, and we’re mindful that some of you may wish to return to campus (assuming travel is permissible) to access facilities like the library and shared study spaces.

What’s important to you?

We’ve been working really hard to get ready for Alert Level 2, and we understand that while the government guidelines being met are critical, there are other things that are also important in helping you to feel safe to return onto campus. 

We’d really appreciate your feedback by completing this short survey (it will only take 2 minutes). Complete the survey here>

Also, make sure to check out Autumn Arrival online tomorrow>