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Are you crushing your wellness goals? Time to RESET

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of Semester 1! If this was your first year at UC, there was a whole heap of new stuff going on, and there’s still a lot to come. How did your mind and body hold up? Did you get to the gym as much as you’d hoped, or take that daily walk? Now that you’ve had a chance to breathe again, our top tip is to take what’s left of the holiday to RESET.

RESET – Reflect, Evaluate, Simplify, Establish a Plan, Time Block
Reflect on your Semester 1, without judgement, just taking stock of what has happened up until now. Did you set a goal of doing weights, cardio, classes, daily walks or meditation? Did you achieve what you planned?

Evaluate that stocktake, and be honest with yourself. Really look at what helped you achieve your goals (if you did), and what held you back (if you didn’t!). Did you have support people or structures that helped or hindered? What distracted you? Does this goal still matter to you, or have your priorities changed?

Simplify your life. What can you say no to, in order to say yes to what really matters? Our time is limited each day to 24 hours, we can’t simply add in an hour of activity or study, without making room. Everything matters, but not everything matters equally. What is most important to you?

Establish a plan. Prioritise what matters, and then break down your goals into weekly or monthly plans. (If you need help to streamline your gymtime, why not try a SteerMe programme? Our consultants can help with that!)

Time block your calendar. Just like scheduling your lecturers, labs and tutorials, you can schedule in your ‘me time’. Treat it like an appointment you can’t break, and schedule it with a friend for an even better chance of success. Don’t forget to schedule in some time for your next RESET (perhaps in the mid-term break?)

Don’t forget, our team at UC Rec&Sport are here to help you with your physical activity planning. We have a huge range of activities for you to try, so there’s a really good chance you’ll find something you like! Book in for a free StartMe orientation session with a consultant, and we can chat to you about options and show you some basics to get you started.

If you haven’t got your RecCentre membership for 2019, why not do it now? Sign up online at our website, then pop in to get your card activated on your first visit.

See you soon!
UC Rec & Sport

Think first when cycling during winter

It’s true, winter is coming and bringing with it colder and darker days. With exams just around the corner you might be putting in longer hours at computer labs and libraries across campus and cycling to and from campus in the dark – Think first, take care of yourself and look out for others when you’re on your bike.

Cycling brings a lot of freedom, you can cycle on the road, cycle paths, footpaths (slowly and carefully) and take shortcuts. This can make cyclists quite mysterious, and some might say, unpredictable which can make pedestrians and motorists nervous. Be a considerate cyclist and take a look at the tips below.

Tips to cycling in winter

  • Be seen – wear bright and reflective clothing.
  • Light up – make sure you have working head and tail lights on your bike.
  • Be predictable – use hand signals to let everyone know where you’re going.
  • Take care – cycle carefully in shaded areas where there might be ice and when it’s wet.
  • Wear your helmet – your brain is a valuable asset.

If you have more smart tips on cycle safety for winter, share them in the comments below.

Important information for week starting 18 March 2019

We know Friday’s events continue to have a deep impact on people, and we are committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. Our love and support are with everyone. Help is available and you are not alone.

The University will be operating as usual from Monday 18 March, however all tests and assignments from 16-24 March have been cancelled. Course coordinators will be in touch with further information. New Zealand Police have asked people to return to their daily lives, but to also be vigilant. Let us take care of ourselves and one another.

Tomorrow, to welcome everyone back to campus and to provide an outreach service, UCSA and SVA volunteers will be stationed on street corners in the Ilam area around the University campus between 10am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 3pm.

A drop in support centre for students and staff will continue operating next week, Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm, in Puaka-James Hight Library.

As an act of solidarity and support we invite the UC community to band together for a period of reflection, and to support one another.

Band Together
Time:
12 – 12.30pm
Date:
Monday 18 March
Location: C Block lawn
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288962974706666/

The gathering will open with a moment of silence and karakia and will be followed by the sharing of halal kai. There will be time to pause and quietly reflect on the past few days, as well as leave a message on the Kia Kaha wall.

As an act of solidarity and to unite in a demonstration of inclusiveness, female students and staff are welcome to wear head scarves. This is a matter of personal choice.

  • Classes scheduled between 12pm – 1pm have been cancelled.
  • Lectures scheduled from 11am – 1pm will run from 11am – 12pm.
  • Lectures scheduled from 12pm – 2pm will run from 1pm – 2pm.
  • You can support each other in your learning through study groups and sharing resources, particularly during this week.

The UC community includes students and staff from over 80 different countries and nationalities. We support institutions, policies and practices that protect and promote individuals on the basis of who they are and what they do, not on the basis of the colour of their skin, their sexuality, religious beliefs or who their parents were.

We are committed to learning and will continue to work and improve inclusiveness for all. As we look toward the future, all UC students and staff can be assured that without exception the University will not tolerate racism or harassment of any kind.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Seeking support

There are a number of services on campus you can contact for help at UC: