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Keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy

Here are some ways to replenish your mind and body – no matter how little free time you have.

Your physical wellbeing:

Walk it off

With lots of green space, parks and gardens near Canberra’s campuses, why not check out one of these great Canberra walks? From short, flat walks to challenging mountain hikes, walking is a perfect way to clear your mind, get some fresh air and get to know your new home.

Getting out in the fresh air with your peers is one of the best study breaks – and it’s a great way to discover Canberra.

Social sport

A great way to meet people and make friends, many institutions offer social sport programs like soccer, rugby, cricket, badminton, table tennis, rowing and even Quidditch! New mates? Tick. A great way to shake off tension and nourish your body? Tick.

Yoga and Pilates

Many universities and sports unions offer low-cost yoga and Pilates classes for students. Check out your university’s sport and recreation facilities to find out more and get down, dog. Stretching out on a yoga mat post-lecture? Bliss.

Running groups

Always wanted to get into running? Many universities have a variety of running clubs that will suit both beginner and experienced runners. You won’t be able to run away from that essay, but the endorphin high will make it much easier to stay motivated.

University gym and recreation

Most universities have a gym or sports club where students can buy cheap memberships to access cardio and weights equipment as well as classes like Zumba, Les Mills fitness classes and even dance. A great all-weather alternative to letting off steam after a long day.

Your mental wellbeing:

There’s an app for that

Apps can be helpful tools to combat stress through mindfulness, guided meditation and breathing exercises. Some popular choices include Calm, Headspace and Smiling Mind.

Keeping an eye on your mental wellbeing throughout your studies is just as important as keeping an eye on your workload.

University counselling services

If you’re struggling or feeling down, anxious or stressed and want to talk to someone, all universities offer free or low-cost counselling services for students.

Speak to someone

There is always someone willing to listen if you’re feeling sad, stressed or anxious.

Don’t be worried about seeking help – it’s available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week should you need it.

Seeing a psychologist

If you’d like to make an appointment with a psychologist outside of your university’s counselling service and are a domestic student, you can make an appointment with your doctor and ask for a Mental Health Care Plan.

A Mental Health Care Plan allows you to access Medicare rebates for a capped number of psychology appointments, which can cut the cost significantly. Your doctor will also refer you to a psychologist they feel most qualified to help you.

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