Category Archives: Wellbeing

A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines available at UC Health Centre

The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is now offering Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations to all UC students and staff who have: 

  • never been vaccinated
  • only had one MMR vaccination.

Note – international students will be charged $25 per MMR vaccine.

If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there, or your General Practitioner (GP) – they can check your vaccination history.

People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination. Many of this group will have had measles.

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury is now at 37, with a further nine cases being investigated.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness that spreads easily from person to person through the air, and can be caught simply by being in the same room as someone with measles. Read more about immunisation and symptoms here.

Employee Assistance Programme – app available

EAP Services Ltd has launched the EAP NOW app which benefits staff already using the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), and those staff who want to know more about the services EAP can provide.

This initial release of the EAP NOW app provides information about EAP and/or to schedule and track EAP appointments. 

EAP intends to further develop the app and will keep UC informed as new updates are available.

To download the EAP NOW app, scan the QR code on the HR Intranet or use either of the links below:

Note: The app requests permission to ‘Allow EAP NOW to make and manage phone calls’.  This is for the ‘Connect Me’ module of the app, where details of various support telephone numbers are provided.  This permission allows your phone to directly dial these numbers when they are tapped from within the app.  EAP’s Privacy Policy can be found at: https://www.eapservices.co.nz/privacy/

After installing and opening the app, you will be required to register the first time you login:

  1. Tap Register here (bottom right of your mobile)
  2. Enter UC’s organisation code: UCEAP
  3. Enter an email address and password.  Note: The email address must be the same as that you provide to EAP if/when you are scheduling an EAP appointment, or you will not receive confirmation notifications.

If you have any issues downloading the EAP NOW app simply email EAP Services at feedback@eapservices.co.nz with the make and model of your mobile device.

 

Coping after a traumatic event – start with Self-Care basics

We have all been impacted by the events of 15 March. It is normal to feel distressed, anxious and maybe even angry for quite some time after the event. So what are some of the ways you can cope?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for healing from trauma, here’s some self-care basics to start with.

1. Sleep
Sleep as much as you need, and you may need more than usual in this time of healing. Your body repairs and renews itself during sleep, get a good sleep routine, minimise caffeine (or avoid it if possible), turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and take naps.

2. Exercise
Exercise is like medicine in the treatment of a huge range of medical conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other trauma-related issues. It elicits hormone responses that will make you feel better, increase energy and improve your sleep. The social nature of physical activity can make you feel connected – take a gentle stroll through nature to boost your mood. Even a 10 minute walking break will do wonders for your soul. If you have more time, then perhaps a group adventure to New Brighton or Sumner beach, to reap the benefits of Vitamin Sea? If you don’t have access to a bike or car, then you can plan your trip using the Metroinfo.

3. Nourishment and Nutrition
Speaking of vitamins and minerals, the simplest (and most cost effective) way to get your essential nutrients is to ensure you eat different types and colours of food. Have a look at your plate…what’s the predominant colour? Sadly, those delicious comfort foods like donuts, chips and bread tend to be yellow and brown, meaning a lot of refined sugar and fat, providing very little nutrition. Eat your greens, reds, purples and oranges first, then if you’re still craving that donut, you’ll be good to go.

By taking care of your physical body, you’ll be in a far better place to take care of your mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Remember, there is plenty of support available for staff, but if you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.

There are also additional resources and support services in the community that you can access from home: 
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Need To Talk: 1737 (free text or phone)
Victim Support: 0800 842 846

Rec & Sport Team

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager