The health and safety of our UC community remains top priority. For information on health and safety procedures during our return to campus in alert level 2, read more here>
You’ll find plenty of hand sanitiser across Ilam and Dovedale campuses, here are some maps to show you where:
Now that we are in Level 2, many of you may have spent the weekend re connecting with your friends and family. Connecting with others is vital for maintaining a healthy wellbeing and for helping us to feel safe, less stressed and less anxious.
Connecting in Level 2 is a little different than normal, so please remember to practice safe social distancing and keep your gathering sizes small.
Looking for ways to connect, here are some ideas:
- Gather a few friends for a movie night; ask people to share a film they like.
- Smile at a stranger – you may be surprised by the smile you get back!
- Find more opportunities for humour in the home by starting a family joke collection.
- Connect with the whenua; grab some mates and get into the great outdoors – go on a bush walk, go surfing or mountain bike riding.
- Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your area, such as music or cultural performances, then organise a group outing.
- Have a family WIFI, TV and text free day and bring out the old board games you have – you may be surprised at how much fun they still are! Contact a friend you have not seen or spoken to for a while and talk, talk, talk!
Click here for a clip from the All Right Campaign where Si and Gary talk about the importance of connection.
As we head into Level 2, many of us will experience mixed emotions about this change. We all respond to change in different ways, therefore it is important that we remember to be kind to ourselves and others during this transition.
Here are some ways that you can prepare yourself for change:
- Create a list of positive outcomes: Change can be an overwhelming process therefore it is important that we think about the positive things that can occur as a result of change. Make a list of positive outcomes from this change for you to refer back to when you need a positivity boost.
- Create a self-care plan: To remind you of the coping strategies that you can use if you ever become overwhelmed or need a break.
- Voice your concerns: Speak to a friend or a family member about any concerns that you may have about the change, you may find that they too feel the same way.
- Give yourself time to adjust: Be kind to yourself, change can take time to adjust to, take one day a time.
- Celebrate small victories: During this transition it is important that we celebrate the small wins. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting up on time; for missing the morning traffic; for going to the library to study instead of staying at home; or for completing a workout; these are only a few examples.
Financial Wellbeing – Looking after your finances in a time of disruption
David McBrearty from New Zealand Financial Planning has generously offered his time to provide information and answer questions around current financial support in this time of uncertainty.
Join him between 1.30pm-2.30pm on Tuesday 19 May.
No need to register. Please add this in your calendar and join the Zoom meeting using the following details:
Meeting ID: 840 2147 4214
Please email any questions or areas you would like covered through to Marjorie Blake and I will send these through as anonymous questions through to David to cover.
With majority of us working from home, it is important that we remember to take some time out to care for ourselves. Practicing good self-care will help to boost our mental health and wellbeing and make us feel more energised.
If you’re feeling burnt out or simply just need a break why not give some of these tips a try:
- Unplug and log off social media.
- Find a comfortable study or work space away from distractions.
- Set aside 30 minutes to be active – Check out UC Rec Centre’s facebook page for some great workouts!
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
- Make a 20 minutes playlist of essential tunes.
- Reach out to friends or colleagues when you need a break.