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Mindfulness Course for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS), a group for children (aged 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improve focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduce stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 23 October for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. It requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together.  The total cost of the program is $200.
  • For more information, please email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz

View the following YouTube clip to hear children explain PBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

Further information about the research and benefits of PBS can be found here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK – FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING AND SUPPORT ON CAMPUS

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, which is all about focusing on our wellbeing and making sure we’re looking after ourselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

CONNECT / ME WHAKAWHANAUNGA
Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

KEEP LEARNING / ME AKO TONU
Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

TAKE NOTICE / ME ARO TONU
Remember the simple things that give you joy

BE ACTIVE / ME KORI TONU
Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

GIVE / TUKUA
Your time, your words, your presence

Support on campus
If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about life at UC, getting help with managing your work, a personal matter or you just need someone to talk to, there is a range of free support available on campus.

Support for students:

Support for staff and students:

Support for staff:

Wider support

0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

September is Free Wills month!

Considering leaving a gift in your Will doesn’t equate to being old: it’s about providing for your family and ensuring that the things you care about can benefit when your time is up.

The University of Canterbury has partnered with Justly, the online Will writing service, to create a brilliant opportunity for staff, friends and family to write a Will and/or a Statement of Wishes free of charge. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will to the UC Foundation, it’s just a great benefit that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Wills are not just for the rich and wealthy either. Regardless of how much or how little money you have, they ensure that your personal belongings and assets go to the people/good causes you nominate.

According to Sorted, less than half of adults in NZ have a Will, which means that if you die intestate (without a Will) those you care about most may not be looked after. This doesn’t have to be your final forever Will – it’s just a starting point to make sure you have every possibility covered.

To find peace of mind you can get started here. Once you have entered your email address you will be sent a link to begin (which can be activated at any time). Upon completion – approximately
10-15 minutes – you will be taken to a checkout and you can use the following codes to overwrite the minimum charges for a comprehensive single Will and/or a Statement of Wishes:

UCALUMNIWILL to claim your free Will
UCALUMNISOW to claim your free Statement of Wishes

Too easy!

In the months of July and August we have seen over 300 people access this service. Let’s see if we can beat this for September.

Any questions, just email kathryn.marshall@canterbury.ac.nz in the Alumni & UC Foundation team, or call 03 369 5530 for a chat.

Taste at the buffet….pre-Spring Gym Membership Sale coming soon!

Are you ready to take the plunge and take control of your wellbeing?  Physical activity is one piece of the jigsaw, and the team at Rec & Sport are here to help! By increasing your activity levels, even just a fraction, you will experience both physical health and mental health gains.

The list is long, and I’m sure you’re familiar with it….lower blood pressure, better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, lower anxiety, alleviate depression and better pain management and more. All that can add up to better happy, or a serious case of increased twinkle in the eye.

We all know this deep down, yet we still manage to stay in our comfort zone, which for many of us, is firmly out of the gym! But our gym isn’t like the others…it has a cool retro vibe (who doesn’t love green vinyl floors and what about all that gorgeous wood….), modern equipment, and really nice people inside who want you to have a good time. Okay, that does sound like a lot of other gyms, but our difference is that we offer a buffet of experiences for your health and wellbeing, not just cardio, weights and classes, so you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy to fuel your happy.

As a staff member, you enjoy a 40% discount on our full community rate year round, and for a limited time, we’ll be offering a super sharp deal to get you on your health journey. Not sure?  Why not get yourself a free 2 week trial?

What’s the promo?  Buy 6months, get an additional 3 months on us!  As a staff member, that’s $219 for 9 months, which is just $24ish per month! On top of that, we’ll throw in a free SteerMe programme to get you started (valued at $35), and a full body analysis (LINK TO PAGE), an accurate and non-intrusive measure of your health starting point. For all the T’s&C’s, head to our specials page.

 

Are you ready to increase your twinkle?

Inhale…Exhale…Repeat with UC Staff Only Yoga!

Interested in yoga, but want a private space with other UC Staff?  Join our experienced instructor June Tobin each week to stretch, relax and unwind. Register now and find breathing space again!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience all of the benefits that Yoga can offer, with the convenience of staying on campus!

The Specifics:

  • Dates: Thurs 18 July – Thurs 5 Sept (8 weeks)
  • Time: 5:10pm – 6pm
  • Location: Jack Erskine 111
  • Great value at just $60, and your family/friends/support person are welcome to join for $90.
  • Individualised attention provided due to the small class size. If you have injuries or limitations, June will be able to modify the class to suit.
  • Practice and connect with the same group each week.

So, what are you waiting for?  Sign up at the RecCentre reception today, or give us a call on 369 2433.

For more information contact Danielle Mather or see our website (where you’ll find some other great health and fitness courses).