Healthy amounts of stress can be of great benefit in helping us rise to challenges, stay focused and even enhance our abilities in emergency situations. However, it is important to recognise when stress becomes unhealthy.

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Whether you need a break from the books or some advice, Arc Wellness is here with fun events and helpful resources. Look out for our Wellness Warriors on campus doing random acts of kindness and pop up activities to remind you to take care of yourself and each other.

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Self Care

Self-Care: What activities make you feel the best and help you to relax?

  • Fix yourself a warm cup of tea
  • Unplug for an hour
  • Colour-in
  • Scratch a lurker off your to-do list e.g. book that dentist appointment 
  • Try meditating
  • Pick up that book you never finished
  • Make one small diet change for the week
  • Get outside
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Express gratitude
  • Get your body moving
  • Pamper yourself
  • Make a time with a friend
  • Do something you loved doing as a child
  • Listen to music
  • Watch the clouds or spot the stars
  • Buy some flowers for your table/room 
  • Create a ‘no’ list of things you no longer want to do or have time for e.g. not checking social media as soon as you wake up or not over committing yourself. 

She can is by women, for women.

Whether you want to try out something new, are looking to get motivated to move or simply looking for support getting back into sport, She Can is for you.

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beyond blue

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

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Information and services for young people, their families and friends about mental health, physical health, work / study support and alcohol and other drug services.

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Smiling Mind App

Developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. Mindfulness meditation programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life.

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Breathe (Reachout) App

ReachOut Breathe helps you reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your breathing and your heart rate with your iPhone or Apple Watch. Research shows that slowing your heart rate can increase feelings of calmness in your body.

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R U OK? Day

On Thursday Week 8, Arc and UNSW stood as one to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to destigmatise mental health as part of R U OK? Day. The day aims to “inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.”

Throughout the day, the Wellness Warriors asked students to anonymous write on postcards to get something off their chest. 

If you ever need to talk to someone, call Lifeline: 13 11 14.