NZIE’s Wellbeing Support
- Provides over the phone/Zoom counselling to students who are struggling.
- Offers wellbeing tips and resources.
- Refers students to external counselling and wellbeing services if necessary.
- Trained as a 24/7 phone counsellor.
Tools and resources that can help improve your wellbeing:
- Health and fitness advice
- Diet and nutrition
- Improving sleep
- Stress reduction
- Arts and crafts
Top 5 Wellbeing Tips While Studying Online
1. Set boundaries
Shirley recommends setting boundaries, both personally and within relationships, to navigate a study schedule. “At 5 pm, close your computer, and go for a walk around the block to mark the end of your work or study day. Have a bit of detox with screen time.”
2. Find a study group
While you are studying online, there are many students studying with NZIE all over New Zealand. Shirley recently spoke to a student who formed a study group in Christchurch with fellow NZIE students. “It’s really cool to hear. Connecting in person – that’s encouraging.”
3. Don’t be afraid to reach out
“It’s fine not to be okay. Don’t feel afraid to reach out. It’s a sign of strength if you need some support. Don’t struggle on, don’t wait until you’re at breaking point. It’s better to come in earlier, then we can set you up with tools to help.
That’s the whole point, we’re in this together. We really want you to succeed. For you and for us as well.”
4. Set good routines
“Set up good self-care routines and make it a priority. When you are feeling the pressure with your studies…take a break. Get out for a walk and do something that you enjoy. Look into breathing exercises or simple yoga.”
Shirley is available to chat with if you are seeking support. Please contact Jana at [email protected]