COVID-19 | Power update while we are away from campus

The campus is now in lockdown and is only accessible to essential staff. Security is checking the Arts Centre location and plant rooms regularly. Power remains on in all areas except the boilerhouse, while heating and ventilation has been turned off in non-critical, unused areas.

UC has focused on finding the most sustainable ways to maintain critical infrastructure while we’re working off-campus. If you have any concerns about buildings or labs that you would usually be working in, please contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz

The UC website continues to be updated daily and you’ll find a list of previous all-staff communications here>

DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND WAYS TO GIVE

Throughout this time, it is important to remember that we are not alone. Connecting with others is important for maintaining a healthy wellbeing, one way we can do this is through the act of giving. It feels good to give and everyone has something to offer.

Here are some ways you can continue to give:

  • Give compliments to others via skype, phone or email.
  • Think of a skill you can offer to others i.e. teach your family how to cook, teach a friend another language or how to play a musical instrument via skype.
  • Let people know you are there to help and tell them what help you go off i.e offer to pick up food for your neighbour when you go shopping.

DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND WAYS TO TAKE NOTICE

Throughout this time, we still have the same opportunity for happiness that we did before, but it’s all about looking in different places to find it. Remember that there are simple things in life that can give you joy. Here are some ways that you can take notice and spark the joy in you:

  • Reflect on what you are grateful for each day. Share with your friends and family online or note down in a gratitude journal.
  • Take time to appreciate the beauty in the world around your home.
  • Go outside and breathe in the fresh air when you can.
  • Care for and watch the plants in your room grow as the days pass.
  • Spend time with your pets. Take notice of how happy they are to have you around.
  • Take the time to thank someone for how they make you feel.
  • Do a mindfulness exercise on YouTube.

Mindfulness takes practice. Here are some ideas that you can do throughout your day to stay positive and present:

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