Lets get moving

It’s that time of the year when pressure starts to build. The end of the year is fast approaching and you have so much to do to prepare for it and I’m not even mentioning christmas. I have found when I am stressed exercise helps. You don’t have to spend loads joining the gym, just start walking and incorporate that into your week.

After going for a walk with my daughter yesterday in the neighbourhood (to get some bread) I felt so much lighter in my mood. During the walk we said hello to various people, patted a couple of dogs and even spied a bush with a smiley face manicured into it (no really its true!). Get moving, I promise it will make you feel better.

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Stress and mindfulness – taking charge

It’s that time of year, when assignment deadlines are looming, exams are uppermost in our minds, and to top it all off winter has arrived and it is sometimes hard to appreciate the beauty of the days when they seem so cold and short.

In the Library we have a variety of resources to help you cope with stress, time management and practice mindfulness. How to deal with StressStress Management and Prevention : Applications to Daily Life Mindfulness,Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer LifeOverworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. If you prefer to watch a video, Lynda.com has several on managing stress: Managing Stress, Managing Your Time, Overcoming Procrastination, and Improving Your Memory may be good places to start.

You may have noticed the All Right? Wellbeing Campaign – Healthy Christchurch which has been promoted in Christchurch since the earthquake, it’s a social marketing campaign designed to help us think about our mental health and wellbeing. The All Right team have recently launched an app created to give you daily wellbeing mini-missions that will help you feel good – get Appy.

Wanting some time out? How about sitting down and doing some colouring in, here in the Library. Colouring books for adults are a growing trend, and CPIT Student Services have made available an array of colouring in designs and pencils for you to use.  There is a crossover with mindfulness activities where the brain is engaged just enough to stop it whirring, but not so much that the concentration is tiring. So take a break, be mindful, and know that colouring in is good in assisting with relaxation as well as being jolly good fun!

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