Onus is on you: New Year Goals

With the year quickly coming to an end and uni break is just around the corner, I’m sure you’re already starting to brainstorm all the things you want to get up to over the holidays. In our last release for 2018 the Student Wellbeing Committee wanted to create a holiday guide which will ensure a happy and healthy break guaranteed to enhance your wellbeing. You can expect; a holiday playlist, new years resolution solutions, holiday skills to learn and more! Check it out below:

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Vicarious Onlineability: Wellbeing and Social Media

How does social media affect your mental health? Is scrolling through Instagram harmful or helpful? What apps can help improve your wellbeing? The SWC will answer all these questions in our next e-magazine. You can expect: a true life social media cleanse experiment, a look into the millennial mind and a comparison of the positives and negatives of social media.

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Contributors: James Blackburn, Gen Coffey, Katie Ball, Marco Loprevite, Rachel Turk, Sheenae Le Cornu, Tristan Salanitro

 

Semester 2: Back to Uni

Okay so we are officially well into Semester 2. Whether you have just returned from Europe or a Netflix filled break, getting back into the university grind can be difficult. Whether it be choosing the perfect vinegar to soy sauce ratio or working out how to use your calculator, the Student Wellbeing Committee have compiled the best tips and tricks for starting your Semester 2 the right way! Make your life easier! Click below to see our first e-magazine for this semester:

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Turnitin: Then Turn It Up

So, you have completed 12 weeks of lectures, tutorials and seminars and now Netflix is calling you, telling you to just relax. Unfortunately, exams are here and it’s time to put your foot on the gas.

Exam time can be a period of high stress, that sometimes seems overwhelming. So, you pack up your textbooks, laptop and head into Haymarket to get to it. You grab your large, extra shot coffee from Chambers, settle into a seat on level five, only to find yourself lost. You have an entire semesters worth of notes, readings, lecture slides to go through with a fine tooth comb, what do you do? You download the latest release from the Student Wellbeing Committee of course!

The third release from the SWC comprises of various articles on goal setting, exam techniques and suggestions for study music. When you feel like you are not sure where to start, try turning to our page on ‘How to be a goal digger’ or you may just want to read up on ‘how to ace your law exams’. They are riddled with tips and tricks for when you encounter a road block. However, it is not only about how to smash your exams but also how to celebrate and what to watch when it is time to pull out the duvet, stay in bed and binge watch Gossip Girl or Stranger Things. Alternatively, when you wake up on June 30th with a pounding headache you may want to take a look at our top 5 hangover tips to expel that ringing inside your head.

We wish you the best of luck with your exams, study hard and celebrate, you deserve it!

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By James Blackburn, Katie Ball, Gen Coffey, Sheenae Le Cornu,
Lucy Goodlad and Julia Wyatt

Breaking the chain of silence around mental health in law

Let’s talk about wellbeing. There are many different definitions of the word, but the most generic definition is that wellbeing is a state of being comfortable, happy and healthy. Now to most of us this sounds like a pretty good way to live, raising the question, how do we attain a state of wellbeing and what do we do to maintain it?  But the truth of the matter is that it is a very personal question, because it depends on a range of factors that apply differently to everyone’s personal context.

However, it is undeniable that mental health plays an important role in your overall sense of wellbeing. Yes, there’s that phrase. Mental Health. The taboo. The hush hush, push it to the side topic that a lot of people avoid talking about. But we’re here to talk about it.

Everyone has their own mental and emotional health issues, including stress, anxiety and relationship problems. As a law student, you may suffer a surfeit of these. Assignments left to the last minute, all those missed lectures coming back to haunt you as finals loom ahead, maintaining a work/study/life balance whilst worrying about the future. It can all get overwhelming and sometimes that can take us to not so great places.

We all have our issues, and no one’s issues are more or less important than another person’s issues, because your issues are your own and they impact your overall state of wellbeing.

This publication has been put together to talk about a range of topics that serve both to educate and promote open discussion about mental health, as well as offering different strategies that may help contribute to your overall state of wellbeing.

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By the Student Wellbeing Committee

Katie Ball, James Blackburn, Gen Coffey, Lucy Goodlad, Sheenae LeCornu and Julia Wyatt

Law Student Cookbook: (Just) Healthy, Quick and Cheap

Let’s be real, we’ve all been here before: it’s late, you’ve been settling down with some work and you realise you haven’t eaten for hours. So, you grab a packet of Salt & Vinegar chips. Ten minutes of mediocre study go by when you realise you need something to drink and you pick up a V (because seriously, who even needs sleep?). While you’re there, you see a packet of biscuits and you know you really shouldn’t, but you do it anyway, and this turns into your dinner because you are a poor uni student. Twenty minutes later, you feel guilty, unproductive, and unhealthy.

My friend, what if I told you that you could have quick, cheap, healthy and really delicious food that is proven to help concentration? Now hold your collective scoffing at reading the words delicious and healthy in the same sentence, and let your eyes do the judging. You are about to bear witness to gram-worthy, affordable food that you will love to eat as much as your mother will love a change in your diet of ramen for 4 months straight. We cater for all dietary preferences, and the ingredients are anything you would already have in your pantry. Here, you’ll find meals and snacks with varying levels of preparation time, so no matter if you’re late for the bus or you need a legitimate excuse to procrastinate, we’ve got you covered.

Welcome to the UTS LSS Student Wellbeing Committee’s Cookbook. Please enjoy your stay, and bon appétit.

Download (Just) Healthy Quick and Cheap by clicking HERE

By the Student Wellbeing Committee

Julia Wyatt, Katie Ball, James Blackburn, Gen Coffey, Lucy Goodlad and Sheenae LeCornu

 

My experience of competing in the spartan race.

Towards the end of 2016 I decided I wanted to push myself to its psychical limits but I wasn’t sure how I would go about doing this. So I decided that I would do an obstacle race, one of the most challenging ones as well. The spartan race was the pick, I didn’t quite understand the culture around obstacle racing, it was long distance running whilst completely various obstacles along the course.

I decided that to not die on the course I would actually have to train appropriately for the course. What entails being a spartan? All I knew about Spartans was what Gerald Butler and Brad Pitt had shown me in the movies. Ok, to be fair, I knew that they were the best warriors of their time. So was my training to now look like a warrior’s ?

Nervously, I signed up for the race and joined the forum with other fellow racers. Once a week, some of the elites of the competition would upload training videos, hints and tips of how to ensure we were preparing for certain obstacles (racers don’t know for exact what they will face in terms of obstacles, so previous obstacles are an indication).

My training was well underway, a 10-week intense program of vigorous things that pushed my body to its limits. I didn’t even think I would be ready, how does one even prepare for something like this, it’s difficult to actually prepare for the unknown. Yet I was giving it a go, I watched footage of former races, followed the elites through their training and watched and read the forum.

On the morning of Saturday the 6th of May, I was ready to face the course in the Picton Valleys, the nerves was high, it would either make me or break me (trust me when I say this, by break I mean both physical and mental).

My heat was announced over the PA, there I was standing shoulder to shoulder with my fellow Spartans, the announcer stated that we were Spartan and that we stick together and help each other. We cried our war cry “AAROO” and the sirens went off and so it began.

The first kilometre down I was already covered in mud, soaked in freezing cold water, climbed a fair few hills and gone through a few obstacles, surprisingly enough my fellow competitors were cheering me on. Half way through the course, I have to admit I was dying, it seemed as though this course wasn’t coming to an end. Would I need a stretcher to get home? The sandbag hill came, I had to carry 40kgs sandbag on my back up a 40% incline hill for just over ½ a kilometres and then back down. I was ready to give up, my had cuts from thorn bushes, I was exhausted my body couldn’t push anymore. My brain at this stage could be my best friend or my worst enemy. I told myself I could do it, the weight went on my back and it literally could have pushed me into the ground but it didn’t so I started my climb.

Jess Prakash