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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.
Here are some ways to replenish your mind and body – no matter how little free time you have.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apps can be helpful tools to combat stress through mindfulness, guided meditation and breathing exercises. Some popular choices include Calm, Headspace and Smiling Mind.
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.
There is always someone willing to listen if you’re feeling sad, stressed or anxious.
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.