Tag Archives: Mental wellbeing

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

UC All Right? Amble – Tuesday 7 May

Enhance your mental fitness, get free stuff and have some fun at the UC All Right? Amble.

The first UC All Right? Amble is being held right here on campus for staff and students as part of Universities Mental Health Day.

Come along to C block lawn between 10am and 3pm, grab a UC All Right? Amble map and visit the five stations around campus to enjoy some practical and fun activities that support mental wellbeing. 

Join TeaSoc for a relaxing cup of herbal tea, get active and  join in some retro games, or try something arty to stimulate your brain. Each activity aligns with the five ways to wellbeing (see Five ways to feel All Right below).

The UC All Right? Amble is organised by UC Wellbeing and UC Health Sciences staff and students.

Health Science student Joni is involved with organising the event and says the UC All Right Amble is about having a bit of fun and being more mindful of our mental health and wellbeing. 

“Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing. The university environment can put a lot of mental strain on a student, and having simple strategies that you can harness and use to focus on your mental wellbeing is such a good resource – for university life and beyond.” 

UC All Right? Amble
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: C Block Lawn

Five ways to feel All Right
International research has found there are five ways we can all improve our mental health and wellbeing, even when we’re under stress.

1. Connect | Me Whakawhanaunga
Whether we’re catching up with friends, spending quality time with our whānau or getting to know someone new, connecting with others can be a great pick-me-up.

2. Take Notice | Me Aro Tonu
When we slow down and tune in to the world we can really savour the moment. Remember the simple things that give you joy.

3. Keep Learning | Me Ako Tonu
If you’re keen to try something new or rediscover an old hobby, go for it! Enjoying a fresh challenge can be a great confidence boost.

4. Be Active | Me Kori Tonu
Did you know that moving your body can also move your mood? So do what you can and enjoy what you do. Every little bit counts!

5. Give | Tukua
When did you last show a little love? Whether it’s a friendly smile, an act of kindness or giving someone a helping hand, the little things we do can make a big difference.

*Note – UC photographers and videographers will be out and about on the day taking photos of your experience.

These images or short videos may be used by the University of Canterbury in future online or for print publications, and may be placed on official UC social media profiles – if you’d prefer not to be captured let the person behind the camera know (they are friendly and won’t be offended).

Health / Welfare / Support Services on campus

This can be a challenging time of year for students.  Here is a list of UC support services and resources.

Health/ Welfare / Support Services on campus: