Tag Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Winter wellness – play it safe

It’s important to take care of yourself and others this winter. We are in the middle of flu season, and still in Covid-19 Alert Level 1, so it is best to play it safe and take precautions to prevent the spread of viruses.

If you feel sick or have flu/cold like symptoms, stay at home. Message your mates or lecturers if you need support with your study.

Focus on your hygiene

  • Wash your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Don’t touch your face

Clean surfaces regularly, especially door handles and phones. 

Check out more tips on the Ministry of Health website here. 

5 Ways to Wellbeing reminder – Take Notice

During our busy lives it is important that we take time out to pause, breathe and to take notice of the beauty that we surround ourselves with. Savour moments, be curious and notice the changing of seasons, these are all simple ways that you can take notice every day.

Looking for more ways to take notice, here are some ideas:

  • Walk around the block with a tape recorder. Try to notice all the sounds you hear. When you get home, play the tape back and see what sounds you noticed and what you missed.
  • Take the opportunity to sit quietly in a busy place like an airport or a mall and notice the interactions between people.
  • Take the time to give a special thank you to people who support you everyday.
  • Learn yoga or meditation.
  • Start a photo diary of a particular favourite place. Take photos of the same landscape or pet every day for a year and make an album.
  • Be mindful of the first mouthful of food you eat. See if you can really pay attention to all the flavours and textures of the food, the act of chewing and the act of swallowing. During the following meal, see if you can be aware of the first two mouthfuls of food, and so on.
  • Visit your local library for books on mindfulness.

Click here for a clip from the All Right Campaign where Si and Gary talk about the importance of taking notice:

17th March | Daily COVID-19 Update

As the situation has evolved we’ve been updating you with key information about COVID-19.  From today we are moving to a daily update. 

On advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education the University will continue to remain open and run lectures.  We are working hard to deliver on campus education in a safe way for the remainder of the term at a minimum.

The Ministry of Health says you should still attend school or work. The Ministry of Education will work with schools and universities to try to mitigate large congregations of people” (note all of our lecture theatres are less than 500 people).

We are taking additional precautions and recommend

  • If you are unwell stay home. You can ring the health centre for a medical certificate if required
  • Following social distancing protocols if you can (particularly in the library)
  • Wash and dry your hands well, and regularly
  • Using the hand sanitiser being stationed in entrances on both entering and exiting spaces
  • If you are concerned or immunosuppressed, and a lecture is recorded or online, then log in from home
  • See more about cleaning in our student blog and sanitising with the video of our misting machine
  • Follow advice from the experts e.g. the Ministry of Health on self-isolation or contact tracing if you are concerned

A few things to note

  • If you are sick and are meeting with a member of UC staff, or in a lecture theatre, you can expect that a staff member will recommend you go home. Online meetings for support staff can be arranged.
  • If you live in Halls, plans are in place for managing all situations including self-isolation. No matter what your circumstance, we are here to support you. You will have a place to stay!
  • The central library remains open, but we encourage you follow social distancing advice. When using computer equipment in the library it’s really important to sanitise before and after use.
  • The Ministry of Health says with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

Our website is still the place to go to for the official alert information (including Ministry of Health & Immigration New Zealand). And UCGO is your app where you can see these blogs too.

Please do your part by taking care of your personal hygiene and email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz with any questions or suggestions of areas that you believe might need attention. Finally, take care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Treat everyone as you would like to be treated.