Doing good for me
Doing good for me
In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, the need to look after yourself is greater than ever. Yet it’s easy to overlook our own needs, including sustaining our own wellbeing. Perhaps you think you’re being self-indulgent, or maybe you feel overwhelmed by life’s demands and it’s just easier to neglect yourself.
The reality is, to be able to contribute fully to society, the economy and the environment, we need to ensure we take care of ourselves. Part of living sustainably is personal sustainability – nurturing your own health and wellbeing, so you can thrive and realise your full potential, now and into the future.
Be good to yourself by personally pledging to practice any of these suggestions:
Active transport includes walking, cycling or any kind of transport that burns fat instead of fuel...
Active transport provides tangible health benefits by increasing daily physical activity. Not possible to do active transport for the whole commute? No worries! Simply switch up your regular commute by integrating a leg of active transport. For example, you could ride or walk to the station, or jump off the bus a stop early and walk. Plan your trip (and even find a buddy to show you the way) via Co-Hop.
Meditation is a personal practice that has a calming effect on the mind and body...
- something that is particularly important in a world full of daily stressors. Benefits include better focus, less anxiety, more creativity, better memory and more positive emotions.
There are a number of different techniques to help you access the benefits of meditation. Mindfulness meditation is where you focus on one specific thing, such as your breathing. Open-monitoring meditation is where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you — you simply notice
everything without reacting. Moving meditation such as yoga or tai-chi connect your breath and mindfulness to movement. Yoga, tai-chi, and body balance classes are available at the Sport and Aquatic Centre.
Just starting out? Start with just two minutes of meditation per day. Starting with a small habit sets you up for long term success. Or try a free app such as Headspace.
5 min journal (daily quotes, 3 things you’re grateful for, 3 things I’ll do to make today great, affirmations, 3 things that made today great, what could I do to make it better), happy app, 100 happy days – post something you’re grateful for every day.
We’ve all heard the latests - excessive sitting during the day is not good for us. The good news is...
that there are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of moving more by incorporating a few little tips and hacks into our daily lives.
- Why not try standing on train or bus?
- Challenge yourself to take the stairs and walk up escalators.
- Incorporate apps or plugins that remind you to get up every half hour - we love Stand Up! The Work Break Timer.
- Try a standing desk, or make one by placing your laptop on a box or similar so you can work standing up.
- Every time you take a phone call, use that as a reminder to stand up. Walk around whilst taking the call if you are on a cordless phone or mobile.
- Schedule walking meetings when you can walk and talk, rather than be desk bound.
- Hit the gym or go for a walk during break times.
Physical exercise is important for every system of the human body...
- from improving bone density to improving blood circulation. You can access these benefits by exercising four times a week for at least 30 minutes. It’s important to reaching the stage of exertion where you can still hold a conversation
but not sing.
You can join the Sport and Aquatic Centre to access the gym, learn a sport or
join a club sport, drop in on a non-competitive social sessions,
or try personal training (3 free sessions are given for new members of the campus Sport and Aquatic Centre).
There are many benefits to reducing the amount of processed foods...
trans fats and high sugar foods in our diets. The personal health benefits you might experience from limiting your intake of processed foods include having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier
overall… not to mention all that packaging and waste you’ve saved in the process!
Start by getting to know your ingredients. Opt for whole foods (or single ingredient foods) to make a meal with. When buying processed foods, be sure to check the ingredients list. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t know what something is, or can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it!
At Macquarie, we're committed to creating a happy and healthy campus that values inclusivity and life balance...
We want to support you in maximising your physical and mental wellbeing while ensuring an environment that allows you to achieve your full potential.
Wellbeing offers a range of support services for staff and students around issues such as physical/mental/emotional and spiritual health, diversity and inclusion. Some of the services the offer include: counselling; disability; welfare; and religious services.
The University also has an on campus medical service, including a general practice clinic, pharmacy, pathology and physiotherapy.
Most of us are tired at some point during the day due to poor quality sleep the night before...
The good news is there is plenty of tips and tricks you can incorporate into your evening routine to ensure you have more energy and are more efficient during the day time. Try turning off your TV, computer and phone and don’t check emails or social media at least 30 minutes before bed. By avoiding the mental stimulation created by electronic media, you can quiet the mind and calm the body for a restful night's sleep.
Nature is an excellent medicine for stress and depression...
There are many ways to incorporate outdoor activities in your daily life and whilst on campus. Take a walk in our Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest just north of the lake, or get a more in depth understanding of our natural environment with a self-guided Arboretum tour.
Get active in nature whilst lending a hand by joining Bushcare@MQ or come along to a working bee in Permaculture Demonstration Garden. Hire out one of the outdoor kompan courts with some friends, grab a ball and get out there and play. Or get out on the Lane Cove River by join the rowing club.