Tag Archives: study

Need a break from study? Make a walking poster

Study getting a bit intense? Forgotten what fresh air smells like? Do you squint each time you head outdoors into natural light?

Take five minutes to generate your own walking poster, another awesome All Right? initiative.

What about making this a habit for your ‘Habit Stick’? Read about the three R’s of habit formation (reminder- routine – reward) here .

Here’s one I created – which shows I can get from the University to  Riccarton Bush pretty quickly. The same for Bush Inn. Googling a distance calculator made it super easy.

example of generating walking poster

 

 

2017’s most radical idea for Study Break

Rev Spanky brings you unexpected wisdom, just when you didn’t realise you needed it most!

Next week is that strange  time of a student’s year called “Study Break”. Study break is a bit like a holiday that’s having an identity crisis: “study” and “break” seem like two entirely different words that – like banana thickshakes and anchovies – don’t really belong together.

And as it turns out, using the Study Break week,can well turn out to be harder than many students think. The cocktail of exam pressure, a lecture free timetable, and Netflix can make it hard to keep on task while maintaining healthy rhythms.

So here’s a crazy suggestion that might just do the trick : Go on a cell phone diet.

Stop! Don’t Go! Hear me out!

old-mobile-phone

At the start of this year I took a few months off (we’d just had a baby) and I noticed that I was pretty much addicted to constantly looking at my cell phone. I would be walking along a gorgeous Golden Bay beach, and suddenly  discover my hand automatically slipped into my pocket, and instead of enjoying the sunset in front of me, I’d be looking at photos of other people enjoying that same sunset. Apparently the average person checks their phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes. Clearly I’m a pretty average kinda guy.

So after much soul searching I decided to get ruthless. Really ruthless. First I deleted my Twitter app, then Facebook, then Snapchat, then Instagram. And then I just started to leave my phone plugged into the wall (A bit like this thing your parents used to have called a “Landline”). That way I only looked at it when I actually wanted to. And to my surprise… I instantly became a happier, more present, more engaged, less anxious, less distracted person!  It was so dramatic my wife could tell if I’d been looking at my phone due to my distant mood change!

As recent research is starting to see, some of the ways we use social media can be pretty bad for our mental health .

So this Study Break, why not try a radical experiment and go on a cell phone diet for the week? You’ll study better,  be happier, and you’ll get to enjoy sunsets in the flesh. #Nofilter.

Rev Spanky Moore – Senior Chaplain at the Dept of Spiritual Engineering

spanky.moore@canterbury.ac.nz

 

 

Study and wellbeing tips – focus on your goals

Fatima Araujo, a UC Unilife leader, shares her tips for looking after yourself when you are busy with study.

The last  weeks of the term are always intense for students  due to essays and assignments deadlines. Students need to make sure they take care of themselves psychologically and physically.

Here are my tips:

Mental wellbeing tips:

  • Make a plan about your goals for the  year and for your future career because it helps to stay focused  and motivated.
  • Focus on your passion about your goal because it will drive you  to achieve your goal. (e.g. while studying think how you can use what you learned now in your career or even your personal life,  how can you contribute to change your community/country /world).
  • When you don’t feel motivated  go back to your goal and try to see the big picture of your goal and don’t give  up. You always have two choices – 1. to stay and work towards your goal, which does not mean it will be easy and exciting always, but means it will be worthwhile long term, or 2. you can give up and regret that you didn’t work through it.

Physical wellbeing tips:

  • Try  to take study  breaks and go for a walk around your area or local park for at least 30 mins – 1 hour. You can go to the  gym at the UC RecCentre and attend a fitness class, or exercise  with your  friends. This will definitely  help your concentration  and health.
  • If you don’t like the ideas above it’s ok, leave your car at home and bike to University. If you don’t have a bicycle you can borrow  one on campus and you can invite your friends to join you. Here are some great bike services on campus.

The main idea is to keep yourself physically and mentally active and motivated.

Fatima Araujo – Unilife Leader

Need help? Click here.