Staying connected and coping well during this time of change

This first half of 2020 has been a time of uncertainty and change with the Australian bushfires earlier this year followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. People across our country and the world have been significantly impacted. Dealing with uncertain times and lots of change is not easy and can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety and helplessness. Many of us have experienced study, employment, financial, relationship, physical and mental health challenges this year that we didn’t expect we’d have to face.

As humans we long for security. We need to feel safe and have a sense of control over our lives and well-being. Fear and uncertainty can leave us stressed, anxious, and powerless over what direction to take and how to help ourselves and others.

We are mindful that there have been lots of changes at CQUni. Students have transitioned to online study which has changed how we connect as a community and an organisation. For a lot of you it’s been a time of isolation. Keep reading for some expert advice…

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Advice for Online Quizzes

With the transition to online learning in Term 1 and 2 as a result of COVID-19, there may have been changes to your end of term assessments. We understand that these changes can be unsettling.

If your teaching team has tasked you with an online quiz, you may be feeling anxious. Being prepared and having a plan for how you will cope with your assessments will help manage those feelings. It will also give you a better chance of success with your studies.

Keep reading for advice from our Student Counselling team…

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Student Counselling Ask Us drop-ins, UMHD webinar and Stay Well workshops

At CQUniversity, we know that an exceptional online experience extends to life outside of lectures. As we all do our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve, free virtual drop-ins, catch-ups, and workshops are being held each day.

The Student Counselling team is hosting drop-in sessions, workshops, and a webinar for Uni Mental Health Day. Keep reading to find out more…

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Shifting your focus – Reframing your mindset

Reframing our mindset provides us with an opportunity to think differently about the people around us, our relationships and situations to discover a new perspective.  Reframing has been described as someone looking through a camera lens.  As we look at the picture through the lens we can move closer or further away from the picture. Depending on the operator of the camera when looking at a view, a picture can sometimes be blurred or clear. Essentially the idea behind reframing our mindset is that a person’s perspective depends on the frame it is viewed in.  When the frame is moved, the perspective changes and their thinking and behaviour often will change too.

We can not control what is happening around us, but we can control the way that we respond, react and relate to others. Keep reading to find out more…

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Being Mindful – What’s that all about?

While there is so much change and turmoil in the world it is important to take time to pause, breathe and stay in the present.

You may have heard people talk about being mindful or meditating – but what’s that all about? Keep reading to find out.

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Staying Socially Connected During Isolation

For most of us, this idea of social distancing feels strange. The adjustment to our “new normal” is challenging and pretty exhausting. Humans are hard-wired to connect with others – and usually, that’s exactly what we do. We eat together, play together, work together, socialise together, talk together… and now how we do that looks different.

Anyone else feeling lonely, bored, fatigued, stressed, frustrated or sad, that we can’t see people the way we usually do? Or maybe you feel some relief and contentment at having more time at home?

Staying connected whilst social distancing is our reality for the moment and I imagine is on most of our minds. There are some pretty clever ways we can do stay together despite the distance. Keep reading to find out…

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