Being healthy and keeping well is about making sure we eat well, move more, sleep better and be aware of our limits when it comes to alcohol.
A healthy diet is essential if you want to feel good and stay well. Eating well can have positive benefits on your energy levels, concentration, memory and mood.
Tips for eating well:
Regular activity and exercise are essential for good health. Anything counts as exercise – as long as it gets you moving and your heart racing!
One of the easiest ways to move more is by cycling or walking to campus – it’s good for your wallet and for the health of the planet.
There are a number of apps you can download to help you keep track of your fitness and steps, including the Meet and Move app to help you find other students on campus and share walking routes.
You can also explore the sport and fitness facilities available on campus. Joining a University club or society can also be a great way to exercise your brain and body, learn new things, practise your leadership skills and make friends who share your interests.
Sleep can play an important role in our daily functioning and physical and mental health. Good sleep can improve mental performance, lead to less anxiety and improved mood and energy levels.
Read our sleep tips (pdf, 72KB) for strategies to help improve your sleep.
A number of evidence-based apps can also assist you improve your sleep, such as Recharge.
If you are feeling that your drinking or drug use is starting to affect your health, study, or relationships, or that you increasingly need a substance in order to function, cope, or have a good time, it might be time to act.
Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW: 02 9361 8000 – 24-hour referrals and counselling.
Family Drug Support (FDS): 1300 368 186 – 24-hour support to families in crisis due to drug and alcohol issues.
As humans we use our relationships with other people to create a life that is rich, meaningful and rewarding.
There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. We do much better when we can accept that there will be challenges in our relationships, handle the stress of these the best we can and take action to make our relationships healthier.
Effective communication (pdf, 126KB) can also help us build positive relationships.
It is also important to understand consent, and how to be sexually healthy and safe in your relationships. Find out more about sexual health and consent.
Domestic and family violence refers to any repeated behaviour or pattern of behaviours used by an intimate, current or previous, partner or a family member to exercise power and control. Such behaviours can be physically violent, emotionally abusive, controlling, intimidating or threatening and cause feelings of fear and unsafety.
There is help available within the University and in the wider community to provide support if you or someone you know has experienced domestic and family violence. There are also things you can do to support a friend or colleague who has disclosed their experience of domestic and family violence to you.
In case of an emergency or where yourself or someone that you know is not safe, we encourage you to contact emergency services on 000 immediately or attend to your local police station. If you are not feeling safe on campus, call Campus Security on 9351 3333 who are available 24 hours a day.
For many people, at some point in their lives, there will be times when they question their sexual orientation.
See the LGBTIQ - Pride Network page for support and resources available on campus as well as externally.