Posts Tagged With: Health

Walk Ways collaborative campus walk

Week four of the Walk Ways guided campus walks saw a group of our University staff take on a collaborative walk created by Sonia Overall.

The walk was planned to be playful and experimental, which it certainly lived up to as the team were tied together by the legs.

With trust in their team member’s hands, the group shared bundles of laughter as the interesting session took place.

See their journey below:

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The walk started with the group connecting by holding on to each others shoulders, as one individual led the group through campus.

They then picked directions from a bag which asked them to turn in circles, move in a figure of eight and walk on edges, all while linking arms.

As you can imagine a few passers-by wondered what was going on!

Some worried faces appeared from the group when Sonia informed them that the next activity would involve them being tied together at the legs.

However, they soon overcame their initial fear and found a technique which meant they stayed on their feet and avoided any unwanted falls.

The Walk Ways guided campus walks are a great way to take time out from your usual daily activities and to experience something new. This walk definitely gave the staff some time to escape from any day to day thoughts and to think about nothing else but the task in hand.

Sonia was also very pleased with how her walk went:

The Futures Initiative fund the Walk Ways guided campus walks, which have been designed to encourage people to see and experience their surroundings in an unusual way.

Both students and staff are welcome to attend the walks and we encourage more people to try something new!

The next walk is to be held on Wednesday 17th May, for more information click here.

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3 reasons why student wellbeing is important

University can be a scary place. You’re living on your own for the first time, the work can be stressful and sometimes it can become a bit much. As a third year student, there are countless occasions in which I have just wanted to be at home with my parents, or wanted to stop having so much work. It is completely normal.

The key to ensuring that you don’t sink under the stress, is to talk about it, and have your distractions. With so much to do in Canterbury, there is always something you can do to take your mind off things. The beautiful coffee shops, activity days at places like Escape Kent, the beaches nearby, places to go out drinking – the list goes on. Your wellbeing is the most important thing, here are five reasons why:

1. To keep on top of your university work

As hard as it can be, the biggest goal of coming to university is getting your degree. The incredible amount of support at CCCU for students that are struggling is incredible, so if you are struggling, talk to your personal tutor. They will be able to give you encouragement as well as any assistance you might need.

2. To make sure you get the most out of university

As well as achieving a degree, university has so many more functions. You shape life-long friendships, make incredible memories, amazing job experience and usually come out as a much different person than when you first came in. It is so important that university is an amazing experience for everyone who goes, so do your very best to get the most out of it.

3. So people can learn from you

Social media, being the massive influence that it is these days, if you’re at university, you could be showing prospective students who you have on your friends list what university is all about. If you’re happy and healthy, people will learn from you.

Health and wellbeing is becoming more and more important and recognised. At Canterbury Christ Church University, there is so much help on hand if you need it. You are never alone. The Student Wellbeing Fayre is on 21st April 2017.

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By Amanda Elliott, Communications Officer 

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Two super easy homemade face-masks you need to try!

Are you aware of the great opportunities that are available to you when it comes down to making your own face mask?  Not only is it organic, but your skin will love it!

You may be thinking this sounds like a Pinterest fail going to happen but I am telling you now it’s not.

This time of year, your skin needs a lot of TLC and what’s a better way of doing that than using freshly sourced ingredients!? This is better for the environment because you’re using products that are friendly to your skin and have not been tested on. Here are two different home-made face masks for you to try:

First up is my all-time favourite which is the organic banana face mask. Basically, this will give your skin a healthy glow. All you need is:

  • One mashed banana.
  • Mix the banana with a tablespoon of orange juice and table spoon of honey.
  • Apply to the face for 15 mins.
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water and do not forget to moisturize.

The second face mask does not sound amazing, but it’s brilliant for oily skin.  For this mask you’re going to need to:

  • Combine an egg yolk with a tablespoon of honey and then olive oil mixed with oatmeal.
  • Apply this mask for 20 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Use your moisturizer and toner like normal because your skin will love you for it!

There you have it, two beautiful organic face mask that will work wonders for your skin but is kinder to the environment.

By student blogger, Emily Jackson

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Remembrance Day for Lost Species

In staggering new information, it has been assessed that three animal species become extinct every hour. This phenomenon is investigated by scientists all over the world – everyday. On a cultural scale, it can be feared that we begin to forget the beauty of these now historic life forms.

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Tips to help you get through the end of term hurdle

With 2 weeks left to go until the Christmas holidays (yes!), these last couple of weeks of term seem to drag. As a third year, I’ve done this a few times now, and there is no worse time of year than the end of term. You have no money, motivation and you’re sinking in deadlines leaving you exhausted. Home, please.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Climate Change

Upon the release of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary film, Before The Flood, I have started to worry about climate change. Admittedly, it’s been an issue I am aware of, but I had never really thought about how huge the effects would be, the film made me realise this. In a nutshell, carbon dioxide is poisoning our air and seas, tropical forests are being cut down which causes mass death of different species, dying trees emit their stores of carbon dioxide adding to atmospheric greenhouse gasses, causing global warming.

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World Vegan Day – What Some of us Don’t Know

Annually on 1st November, we see World Vegan Day. A day that aims to raise awareness for an ethical, environmentally friendly diet and lifestyle. In modern day society, being a vegan is nothing to be sniffed at. With the masses of alternatives to non-vegan foods like cheese and even meat pies, making the switch and becoming a vegan is something any body can do.

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#WorldMentalHealthDay – How you can help

Today is World Mental Health Day (WMHD), an annual event proposed by the World Mental Health Foundation (WMHF). The day aims to raise awareness for those suffering with a mental health issue, so they can speak out and get the help they need. The theme for this year’s day is the access to psychological first aid and how you can help those in need – a theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

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SGO: Mental Health and Exam Stress

Exam time may be a very stressful time in every student’s life but it is important to learn how to handle it. One thing that will really help is good time management. Stay organised, make a list of everything you have to do, starting with your priorities and most urgent matters and finishing with tasks which don’t require immediate attention.

Even if you may believe this or not, a healthy diet is another aspect that will help you handle exam stress. You know the saying, healthy mind in a healthy body. Therefore, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat more fish, eat less saturated fat and sugar, avoid fizzy and sugary drinks and very important-don’t skip breakfast, the most important meal of the day. However, don’t feel guilty if you are craving and eating some sweets as long as you consume a decent amount.

And speaking of a healthy body…physical exercise is a great way of relieving stress. I can tell you this from my own experience, after a stressful day of school and study, after spending the whole day sitting on a chair, it feels great to go to the gym. That helps me exercise my muscles and relax my brain and I feel physically drained but relaxed after a good workout. It is definitely something worth trying

Make sure you also get enough sleep, to give your brain and body time to recover the loss of energy and to charge. It is ideal to study during the day and sleep at night. The time interval in which your brain gets the best rest is between 22:00 and 00:00 so try to go to bed early and wake up early rather than staying up at night.

Talking to someone about what you are going through may help as well. Talking to friends, tutors, family and anyone who makes you feel comfortable. You can also find support at the chapel on campus and the team there is more than happy to help and counsel people of all religions.

Don’t be shy to reach for help and remember to take good care of yourselves. Good luck!

By Irina Travel
Student Blogger

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