Wellbeing tools and support
At Lincoln, we embrace Te Whare Tapa Whā and 5 Ways of Wellbeing as well as providing educational workshops and taking part in national campaigns that promote wellbeing
5 Ways of Wellbeing
This simple but powerful wellbeing tool was developed from a report in 2008 from the United Kingdom (Aked et al., 2008). They found that if these five actions are part of our everyday lives our wellbeing is significantly improved:
Connect – Be Active – Take Notice – Keep Learning – Give
Te Whare Tapa Whā
Te Whare Tapa Whā is a Māori Health Model (Durie MH,1985) with a holistic view of health and wellbeing. The model is depicted as a house, with each wall being equally and fundamentally important for our health, wellness and functioning. This also includes the land/whenua as the foundation for all wellbeing. A sense of our place is an important part of many cultures and brings in a feeling of belonging, connection and caring for the environment and the sustainability of our world now and for future generations. Nature is also the place where many of us play, relax and renew. Our times in nature often make wonderful memories that nourish and support us in more difficult times.
Educational workshops at Lincoln University
Lincoln University runs a compulsory two-hour workshop for all first-year students who are under 21 years old. The workshop is delivered by existing students who have received training in the area of sexual harm prevention. The workshop covers healthy sexual relationships, how pornography may influence students’ understanding of relationships and consent, what is consent, how does alcohol affect consent, what’s the law when it comes to harmful sexual behaviour and how students can be upstanders. The programme, run by the Wellbeing and International Support team, has recently been recognised by Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand as good practice and an exemplar for others to follow.
Exercise is medicine
This is a 12-session programme that is taken by a REPS registered Personal Trainer (PT). It’s a client centred approach to wellbeing that focuses on your activity aspirations whilst also embracing the social, mental, physical and emotional health aspects into the sessions. To be successful, you need to self-regulate and anchor yourself into your weekly routine. Exercise creates feelings of achievement and success that helps to balance your life and give a sense of progress.
There’s also a lot of evidence that exercise is a powerful healing agent according to the recent World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour (2020). Adults aged 18-64 have many improved health benefits from physical activity such as improved cardiovascular health, reduced type-2 diabetes incidence, reduced mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression, improved cognitive health and sleep, as well as possible improvements in lowered obesity. These physical benefits combined with social, pastoral and skill development provide an enjoyable way of engaging with activity. Joining this programme requires a referral from the Student Health Centre or the Wellbeing and International Support team. Follow up will then occur by the PT contacting you within 48 hours to arrange the initial appointment.
LTL Wellbeing series for postgraduate students
A variety of topics are provided in short, fun 45 minute sessions throughout the year. The list for these workshops is send to you via a weekly email from LTL. You can then register your interest in the various workshops. These include Thinking Traps, releasing pressure, coping and acceptance, integrating activity into your day, managing sleep, managing stress to name just a few.
Health promotion and national campaigns
Throughout the year the wellbeing team will be out on campus promoting important campaigns to support you in being healthy and happy. These include events like:
- February - Aotearoa Bike Month
- May - Pink Shirt Day and Gumboot Day
- June - Men’s Health Month
- September - AUHC – 10,000 steps health challenge
- October -Mental Health Awareness Week