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Be well, be prepared – how to manage stress and take care of your wellbeing

With the end of term approaching, you might be feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed at the moment. That’s not a bad thing – in fact, it’s complelely normal. That’s why it’s important to take some time out to take care of your wellbeing and give yourself a bit of a break. This will help you ace those assessments! 

There are HEAPS of ways to look after yourself, whether it’s through exercising, connecting with friends and whānau, or simply taking some deep breathes.

Take regular breaks and schedule rewards and down time during your study day.

  • All exam study timetables need to schedule some form of break. Whether it be a 10 minute break every hour scrolling your phone or talking to a friend. 
  • One of the most typical occurrences during exam time is that the weather clears up and you are forced to be stuck inside sitting at a desk. Instead of dwelling on this schedule in 20 minutes to go for a walk or run or head to the park and play touch or frisbee. 

Try not to compare yourself to others

  • ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. Everyone is different and everyone studies differently. Whilst it is difficult to compare yourself to your peers who may have different study timetables and needs, it is important to remember to not compare someone’s revision to your own. 
  • If you become stressed enough that it is affecting parts of your daily life it can be helpful to speak to someone about it. 

Talk to others 

There are a range of wellbeing services here to support you at UC if you ever want to have a chat about anything at all: 

Check out some more practical tips on how you can take charge of your own wellbeing this exam season here> 

Affordable massage at the RecCentre

Got a tight neck? A bit stressed? Want to add another tool to your wellbeing kit? Well, hold onto your hats, because UC Rec&Sport are bringing back massage at the RecCentre, for super cheap!  

Teaming up with Ara Massage Therapy Students 

We’ve teamed up with Ara, and are providing a paid internships for a few of their students to boost their clinical hours.  This means they’re all still learning, but we tested their skills during  recruitment and we’re happy you’ll get a good, professional massage at a fair price.  All students are registered with Massage New Zealand, and our intern co-ordinator is Tina George, a Registered Massage Therapist.

How much? 

Relaxation is just $35 for 1hour for UC students, whilst a therapeutic massage is $45.

How to  book? 

First up, know that there are limited spots. Up to six each day. We only take bookings the day before (no walk-ins or same day booking), so that our students can manage their time effectively.    

The simplest way is via the Rec&Sport app. If you’re not a member of the RecCentre yet (remember, there’s no additional cost for students to join the gym, it’s paid by your levy), go online and sign up now, then sign up for the app as well (there’s two steps). Once you’ve done that, allowing a little bit of background time, up to 24hours, then you can go in and book via the app. 

If you’re not a member,  or you don’t want to wait to book your massage, you can call our Customer Experience team on 369 2433 or stop by the desk on your next visit. We’re taking bookings now, and first appointments start Monday 19 September. You can check what the typical timeslots are or find further information here, including our cancellation policy. 

If you have anything else you want to know, please contact Tina George. 

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

Get your meningococcal vaccinations at the UC Health Centre

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria, which can lead to two serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses –  meningitis (an infection of the brain membranes) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). It can develop in just a few hours.

The infection is spread in a similar way to the common cold – by coughing, sneezing, kissing or from contact with saliva – including through sharing cups, glasses and drink bottles. Young adults living closely with others are at high risk.

Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated. 

There are two vaccines available and Te Whare Hauora
 Health Centre strongly recommends students have both vaccines for optimal protection.

  • Menactra or Nimenrix, protects against strains A, C, W and Y meningococcal disease (one dose) and is free for all domestic students up to 25 years who live in halls of residence
  • Bexsero protects against strain B meningococcal disease (two doses required).

Contact your GP for more information or Te Whare Hauora | Health Centre. More information about vaccinations here and meningococcal disease is available here.

Please wear a face mask when you visit the Health Centre.