Tag Archives: Wellbeing

Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2020

What is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage our UC colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team, which will be announced as the Challenge approaches!

How does it work?

You and your workplace team earn points for every kilometre you ride, every day you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign-up (they don’t have to be in your team – they just have to log a ride in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage teams to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory.

You’ll compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes. Ride anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top folks in the individual leaderboard categories and some lucky participants will win for certain activities including encouraging other to ride or logging trips. The more often you log rides and encourage others to log their rides, the more likely you are to win a prize!

You’ve got all of February to get out and earn points!

How to take part

Follow these four steps:

  • Register on this website, it’s free. Register here
  • Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes during the Challenge (1-29 February)
  • Record your ride on this site and tell your friends and coworkers about the Challenge.
  • Reward yourself and your friends by winning prizes!

If you need help registering, contact me diana.hinterleitner@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 93580

 

The power of Yet

Have you come back with a little (or big) desire to make changes to bring about more wellbeing in your life? Perhaps we can help with that.

First up, i’d like to introduce you to the power of a little word  – yet. Put it at the end of a sentence, and it changes everything.

“I can’t touch my toes…yet”
“I don’t journal…yet”
“I haven’t found an exercise I like…yet”
“I can’t play guitar…yet”
“I don’t speak Italian…yet”

Finding your best wellbeing formula will require a bit of trial and error.   You might find journalling or a self-care routine is enough to put you in your happy place, but you might also find it doesn’t.  Check out these 15 tips to boost your wellbeing  and you might just get some inspiration.

Part of that formula should include some exercise.  Find something joyful, that every time you move you look forward to it, and are perhaps a little sad when it’s over!   This could be outdoors, indoors, at the beach or in the garden.

If you think structured exercise may help (perhaps you love routine, or recognise that your spontaneous nature could do with a little routine to balance you out), then we’d love to see you at the RecCentre.    More than just your standard gym, we offer a big range of activities under one roof, so you can get a taste of what the fitness industry has to offer at a super low price.   Just maybe we ‘ve got something that will excite you!

Right now, we have a 3-month membership special, which runs until 19 January, to help you get started.  If you’re not sure, pop over for a look through, then start with a 2-week trial – it’s free for UC Staff.

Have a happy and healthy 2020!

 

 

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: save the date and register interest (ATEM)

Kia ora Technical Staff

I have received information of an opportunity in the New Year. UC is a member of ATEM* so if there is a discount for members, ensure this is applied when registering.

“The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium on the 10th February 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington. The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities. This is intended to be an interactive day with workshops to untangle the new Worksafe regulations and some psychological first aid training to help technicians who are encountering students with emotional and mental health issues. We hope to bring in a keynote from Weta Digital for some inspiration followed by a panel of tertiary technicians sharing their career pathways and professional development choices. If that is not enough to get you all excited we are also organising some site visits to other tertiary providers on the morning of Tuesday 11th February for those who are interested in exploring the technical facilities of their fellow institutions.

Date: Monday 10 & Tues 11 February 2020, Venue: VUW, Pipitea Campus.  See more details in our Draft Agenda and please register your interest via email and we will notify you of the opening of the registrations as soon as they open.”

*Association for Tertiary Education Management

Join UC’s 2019 Movember Team

It’s that time of year again where men around the country sharpen their razors and their loved ones roll their eyes a little, all in the name of raising funds and awareness of men’s health issues in Aotearoa. This year we’ve put together a team for any staff or students who want to take part in a collaborative effort.

It’s often much easier to raise funds as part of a collective and tends to be a lot more fun when you don’t feel alone as the filthy thing on your upper lip is stared at by worried onlookers.

To join the UC MoBros you will need a Movember account and then you can join the team at this link: https://moteam.co/uc-mobros?mc=1 

We’ve set the target at $2000. Based on last year’s numbers, that’d put us in the top 3 teams in New Zealand. That’s easily achievable with enough support.

Remember, you must be clean shaven on Nov 1st – after that, it’s just picking a style and getting supporters to fund you.

Best of luck!

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