My wellbeing

Wellbeing is more than the absence of disease or illness. It includes physical, mental, emotional and social health factors.

For details regarding wellbeing support and services for students, please visit the student wellbeing webpage

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  • Influenza Vaccination Program

    All staff and students are able to access the seasonal influenza vaccination at a reduced price at local providers.

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  • 15 Minute Exercise Challenge

    Boost Your Health & Wellbeing

    Joining the 15 Minute Challenge is an easy way to boost your health and wellbeing and get back into a habit of exercise.

    The challenge is a 6-week online team competition for busy people that makes exercise an enjoyable part of your every day and helps you form a new long-term habit of daily exercise in the most easy, enjoyable and sustainable way.

    After the success of the last program, we are kicking off a 6-week 15 Minute Challenge this year to promote health and wellbeing within Charles Sturt University.

    The challenge starts Monday, 14th of March and registrations to join are now open!

    In last years challenge:

    • 80% of Charles Sturt participants saw an increase in their overall health
    • 72% of Charles Sturt participants improved team morale
    • 50% of Charles Sturt participants improved their productivity
    • 82% of Charles Sturt participants said that they would love to do it again

    Benefits

    By taking part in 15 Minute Challenge you will develop and maintain a habit of exercise which will lead to:

    • Stronger immune system
    • Feeling more energetic throughout the day
    • More upbeat mood
    • Sleeping well
    • Building better relationships with workmates and improved social interaction

    The challenge is perfect for any fitness level from beginner to advanced, and will help you to build a habit of exercise, get back into a habit of daily exercise, or improve your current level of fitness.

    How does it work?

    • Form a team of 4 to 6 with your workmates on the online platform. The challenge is free to staff and spaces are limited. 
    • Compete against fellow staff teams at Charles Sturt University.
    • Simply find 15 minutes a day to do an exercise of your choice for as many days as possible throughout the 6-week challenge.
    • There are great team and individual prizes to be won.

    In last years challenge, 80% of participants saw an increase an overall health - let's match or better that result this year!

    Learn more and register

    For more information and to register go to 15minchallenge.com.au/CSU

    For everything you may like to know about the program please see Frequently Asked Questions that can be found here: 15minchallenge.com.au/FAQ.

    Please direct any enquiries to kyallen@csu.edu.au.

  • Working from home self-care

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen people suddenly working remotely, trying to juggle their workload with their home life. But while working from home might be new to you, some have been doing it for years. Below are some tips on making remote work easier.

    Go easy on yourself

    While transitioning from office life can be difficult under regular circumstances, it’s important to remember this is not a normal situation. For the first week or so… listen to what you need for yourself.

    Managers should be understanding during this time as staff adjust to the situation.

    Don’t try to replicate your office schedule at home

    It’s not sustainable to try to keep your 9-to-5 office schedule at home. For one, you might be dealing with children who are also stuck at home. Take the opportunity to figure out a schedule that works for you.

    Set the mood

    You may have a home office, or a room that can be transformed into one, or you might find yourself setting up your laptop at the kitchen table, or struggling to find space in a small apartment that feels like a work environment.

    Do a few small things to make the space feel motivating, such as putting your degrees on the wall, go for a morning walk, light a candle, put on some music. If there’s anything that’s motivational, that inspires you, create that space, if you can.

    It’s also important to keep things tidy, especially at the end of the day, so that you’re not waking up to a messy office.

    Make a daily routine

    Create a sense of regularity to help orient yourself to her your working situation.

    It involves simple things such as getting up at the same time every day, working out regularly, showering, brushing your hair — all things that can contribute to feeling like you have a routine to transition you from “home” to “work.”

    Get dressed

    One key part of the routine we recommend is getting dressed. Dress comfortably, you don’t have to put on a blazer or walk around your house in your work shoes, but just changing out of your pyjamas sends a signal to yourself that it’s time to be productive.

    This is key for most people when first starting to work from home.

    Stay connected

    It’s important to check in on your colleagues, whether it’s a text message or a Skype message, and try to have meetings over phone or video when possible.

    It’s also important to make time for your (virtual) social life. Whether it’s a weekly happy hour over Skype or long phone calls with your closest friends, social connection has never been more important.

    Make and keep boundaries.

    It can be tempting to be connected to work all the time when your office is your home, setting boundaries is extra important so you don’t burn yourself out.

    Take care of yourself

    Take time to exercise regularly or just to get fresh air. Take a break from the news also, especially when it’s full of information that can cause anxiety.

    Ensure your routine includes some element of self-care.

    Create your own self-care plan

    Determine at least one strategy or activity from each of the self-care categories, that you can undertake. Ensure that the activity you choose is enjoyable and individual to you.

    Keep your self-care plan visible to help you commit to your activities.  Sharing self-care plans in your work teams is a great way to support each other remotely and keep in contact.

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  • LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning is an online subscription library that teaches the latest business, creative and software skills through high-quality instructional videos. The Charles Sturt LinkedIn Learning portal offers a customised learning environment that is mapped to the University's Capability Framework and contains a large number of resources available for staff to access for free. 

    We have developed three new collections that can benefit you during this time.

    CollectionContents
    Resilience
    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Video)
    • Performing under Pressure (Course)
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • De-stress: Meditation and Movement for Stress Management (Course)
    • Managing Stress (Course)
    • Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity (Course)
    • Happiness Tips (Course)
    • Building Resilience (Course)
    • Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Option B: Building Resilience (Course)
    • Enhancing Resilience (Course)
    Continuous Improvement - Growth Mindset
    • Creativity Bootcamp (Course)
    • Cultivating a Growth Mindset (Course)
    • The power of a growth mindset (Video)
    • Adopting a growth mindset (Video) Creating a Culture of Learning (Course)
    • Lifelong learning is the new norm (Video)
    • The New Rules of Work (Course)
    • #1: Become a lifelong learner (Video)
    • Why there are new rules of work, learning and life (Video)
    Manage Stress and Build Mindfulness into your "New Normal"
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • The Mindful Workday (Course)
    • Mindful Meditations for Work and Life (Course)
    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed (Course)
    • Balancing Work and Life (Course)

    To sign up to LinkedIn learning, refer to the LinkedIn Learning Webpage.

    For all enquiries, please contact PDPrograms@csu.edu.au.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Charles Sturt have partnered with Converge International to provide EAP services to employees and their immediate families. To access the service, call

1300 687 327

Self-care

Self-care relates to activities that add value to all aspects of your life that cater to your holistic well being.

Mental health support and wellbeing

Resources to support your mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Physical wellbeing

Resources are available to promote and enhance your physical wellbeing.

Relationships and family support

Find out how you can create and maintain strong relationships.

Financial wellbeing

Improve your financial wellbeing with a range of resources.

Corporate Partnering

Charles Sturt has partnered with various service providers to offer you discounts on financial and health products.

Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

Resources are available to promote and enhance your health and wellbeing.

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