Ep005 - Self-care
Rebecca: Hi everyone welcome back to episode 5 of UTS Student Hacks with Rebecca and Kelly. This week we will be talking about the buzz word “self-care”.
Kelly: So self-care, this word does get thrown around quite often. Self-care means deliberately taking care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Good self-care improves mood and reduces anxiety. It’s not only about considering our needs but rather knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, being subsequently, taking care of others.
Rebecca: Whatever it might be, it basically means taking time from your schedule to do something fun, relaxing, anything you want to do. But what happens if you are clueless as to what you want to do?
Kelly: It’s ok to not have something in mind that you want to do. It can be as simple as chatting with someone casually or professionally, UTS has your back.
Kelly: For those of you who just need someone to talk to, the UTS Buddy Program might just be for you. The best person to talk about this is Bupe Mwanba who is a current volunteer at the Buddy Program. Hi Bupe!
Bupe: Hi everyone my name is Bupe Mwaba, a PHD candidate in the faculty of Health and the University of Technology Sydney. I started the Buddy Program because I wanted to give support to someone who is just beginning the academic journey'. This is because everyone needs someone who will hold them by the hand and say “keep going, you will get there, we all started from there” and for sure you will also get there”. 'What I like most is being present in someone’s academic journey'. 'As a volunteer, my benefit is seeing someone walk tall with the needed courage to get through the program'. 'Now that we're all studying from home, we have been having our meetings using GRID and just having someone to talk with is very uplifting.' Thank you very much.
Kelly: Thank you Bupe for introducing the UTS Buddy Program with us. Students, definitely check out the Buddy Program at the link down in the Resources section below to connect to like-minded students.
Rebecca: Remember, we also have the TalkCampus App that is free to access for all UTS students. TalkCampus is an online wellbeing and mental health peer support network for students who want to talk to someone besides a counsellor about a problem you’re going through. | Share your feelings with students across the world anonymously, support others and access peer support instantly.
Kelly: If you are more comfortable talking in a | confidential setting, UTS Counselling can provide that. These sessions range from various topics from working on personal skills to discussing whether the degree you are in is right for you. UTS Counselling is open to both international and domestic students. To book an appointment, you can contact them via phone on 9514 1177, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe reading some informative information is more your style. The mental health awareness organisation, Beyond Blue, has over 50 articles dedicated to everything and anything about self-care. One article I would recommend is “How mindfulness can help during the coronavirus outbreak” as it points out common signs of when we are stressed and not feeling 100%.
Don’t worry if you forget any of these details, all the links and resources will be listed down below.
Rebecca: For my fellow Potterheads
Rebecca: Yes! Kelly, I’ve just discovered an audiobook on Spotify called Harry Potter at home: Readings - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s / Sorcerer’s Stone. The name is a handful but you will certainly love it as each chapter is read by an actor or actress in the movie or musical. Chapter 1 features Daniel Radcliffe while chapter 2 is read by Noma Dumezweni. What more can we ask for right? We will also include more of our favourite shows down below for interested students.
Kelly: My life saviour at the moment is the pomodoro method. You might be thinking, what can a tomato do to help me stay on track? The pomodoro method is derived from the tomato shaped timer. It is setting a timer for either 25 or 50 minutes, once that timer is up you take a 5 to 10 minute break. You rinse and repeat this 5 times.
On your fifth time, instead of taking a short break of 5 to 10 minutes, it is a 15 to 30 minute break. Once that is up, you repeat the entire process again. I would recommend this method to help keep yourself concentrated on a task.
Rebecca: You can also try sleeping at regular times, make a gratitude list, get a new hobby or declutter your personal space as self-care methods. Just because one method doesn’t work doesn’t mean you can’t practice self-care.
Kelly: And that concludes our podcast for the week. As always, check out our suggestions in the Resources section below.
Rebecca: Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of UTS Student Hacks on “Self-care”. Remember to check out next week’s episode 6 with Rachel and Kelly.
Kelly: See you next week!
Resources from this episode
UTS Counselling resources:
UTS Buddy Program – UTS HELPS
Harry Potter at Home Readings – Spotify
Mindfulness – Beyond Blue
The Pomodoro Technique – LinkedIn Learning video
Online Tool Kit for mental health during Covid-19 – This Way Up
Writing: Rebecca Duong & Kelly Ding
Editing: Rebecca Duong & Kelly Ding
Voices: Rebecca Duong & Kelly Ding
Producer: Liv Day
Higher Up by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com/
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