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Staying well

There are many things that cause stress in our daily lives, such as study, finances, work, and family. When you're feeling overwhelmed, it's important to focus on your wellbeing. Finding resources to help you is a great first step.

There are many apps available for Apple and Android users. Use the ReachOut quiz to help you find suitable tools.

We have put together some information below that includes ideas and resources so that you can look after your wellbeing.

Have you noticed that one of your mates is feeling a bit down or not their usual self? Head over to R U OK to find out how you can help them.

 

Healthy mind and body

Looking after our mind and our thoughts are just as important as looking after our bodies to stay well. Becoming a university student is a whole new life experience and there may be times when you feel stressed or anxious.

Good nutrition and an active lifestyle boost your immune system and makes you feel good. This helps your mental health by reducing stress and improving your mood and sleep.

See below ideas and resources to keep your mind and body healthy:

Meditation

There's no one size fits all with meditation. It’s helpful to have someone guide you through your meditation, especially if you haven’t done it much before. Headspace has some great articles, walk throughs and tips on how to meditate.

There are also a range of free apps that can help you learn - all you need is your phone.

Books

If you're feeling overwhelmed, hit the pause button on studying and find a good book to read. To truly disconnect, sometimes there's nothing better than unwinding and getting lost in a book. There are many self help; health and wellbeing books to read if you want to learn how to manage stress.

Music/podcasts/TedTalks

Not a huge fan of reading? Why not tune into these amazing resources. Grab your headphones and get comfy.

  • Spotify have created some relaxing playlists, perfect for when you're feeling a little overwhelmed. 
  • We've found some of the best Aussie podcasts to reboot your health and happiness this year.
  • The Top 3 TED Talks to improve your health & wellbeing might be more your thing.
Kindess

Being kind to ourselves can be hard. Self-compassion is about accepting that you are human, you are valuable, and you are worthy.

Being self-compassionate can help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve your sense of self and your ability to think positively about a range of situations.

Here are 15 ways to be kinder to yourself today.

Gratitude

Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life and taking the time to express appreciation and return kindness. A gratitude journal can help you keep track of the good things in life. No matter how difficult life can be, it can help to focus on what you're grateful for.

Learn about the benefits and how to start your gratitude journal today.

Nutrition

When you think of improving your mental health, you may not think about changing the food you eat. There is a strong link between what we eat and how we feel. That's why eating a well-balanced diet as per the Australia Dietary Guidelines, is a great way to start.

To save and help you stick to your budget, you could try meal prepping. Check out Eat This Much for all your meal prepping needs.

Exercise

We get it – when you’re feeling stressed or low you probably feel more like watching TV than being active. But it’s often when you least feel like it that you most need it. Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to be an extreme workout; it can be as simple as going for a walk or doing some Yoga.

The Australian physical activity and exercise guidelinesprovides information and resources on staying regularly active.

Sleep

Good sleep is like a mental health superpower. When you get enough sleep it's easier to manage your emotions: you have more patience, and you deal with stressful situations better. Also, you reduce your risk of mental health challenges in the future.

The Sleep Foundationhave made it their mission to improve people’s lives through getting a better nights sleep. Check out their page on Good Sleep Habits to start implementing these into your routine.

If you’re struggling with sleep, it might help to practice these mindfulness tips.

Safer Communities 

Steps to a safer community

The University uses the CDU Safer Communities framework (PDF, 1.27 MB) for improving community safety, pulling together a range of student-focused work under four pillars:

  • Behaviour Management: early identification of students with concerning or threatening behaviour and interventions to ensure their safety and the safety of other staff and students. 
  • Respect Now Always: prevention of and response to gender-based violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault and exploitation. 
  • Diversity and Inclusion: creating a welcoming environment free from discrimination where a diverse range of students can participate and succeed, and 
  • Mental Health: building resilience and wellbeing amongst the student population.

The Behaviour Management pillar focuses on identifying students at risk and managing the impact of concerning or threatening behaviour, and includes:

  • Training for academics and front line staff in managing student behaviour
  • Code Black training for key staff
  • Processes for escalation of concerning or threatening behaviour
  • Establishment of a cross-university threat management group
  • Identification of external expertise
  • New Code of Conduct
  • Case management/ records system

The Respect.Now.Always pillar focuses on preventing gender-based violence and improving the CDU response to sexual assault or harassment. Our immediate priorities include:

The Diversity and Inclusion pillar will ensure all students can participate and succeed in a welcoming environment free from discrimination.  The plan includes: 

The Mental Health pillar aims to reduce social isolation, connecting students with each other, with the University and with relevant community organisations. Understanding the importance of physical, emotional, financial and spiritual wellbeing, the plan includes:

  • an improved range of student services online and on campus, including chaplaincy, sexual health and budgeting/finance,
  • campus activation at all sites, building a strong community,
  • development of an international student support plan,
  • rollout of the suicide prevention toolkit, and
  • strategic partnerships with key community/ health partners.

Internal contacts

CDU Counselling Service

To make an appointment with a CDU counsellor, please book an appointment online.

CDU After hours crisis line (currently operating 24/7)

1300 933 393

CDU COVID helpline

1800 945 010 

External contacts

Lifeline 

13 11 14  

Kids Helpline 

1800 551 800

Headspace 

1800 650 890

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