Health and wellbeing

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff at Federation University is an important priority.  In doing this, we are able to draw on our unique access to resources including academic research, staff and facilities that are each intrinsically linked with enhancing and promoting health and wellbeing.

Our health and wellbeing approach is guided through policy, increasing the skills and competencies of all managers and staff, increasing opportunities for participation and responsibility in health and wellbeing across the University and increasing the resilience of staff through personal and lifestyle focused support.

The following links provide simple access to our range of staff health and wellbeing related information and resources.

Mental health and mindfulness

Mental health and wellbeingMindfulnessHumourSleep
Social and community connectednessWork-life balanceReadingYoga

Mental health and wellbeing

Helpful tip sheets

Mindfulness

'Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement.'

Consider signing up for one of these free online courses:

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Sleep

Sleep is your superpower!  Just launched - a highly interactive resource called Sleepfit for you and your family. This resource includes:

  • tailored strategies and tools for managing sleep, stress and anxiety
  • personalised guidelines to optimise your schedule based on your natural biological rhythm – your circadian rhythm
  • interactive support and tools for optimal mental and physical health and wellbeing, videos, ted talks, easy to access sleep and stress strategies
  • guided meditations and soothing sounds
  • bite sized 7-day programs to embed learnings - 'Less stress more sleep', '7 golden rules of sleep' and 'The Great Sleep Guide'
  • chat functionality – 'ask Sleepfit a question'.

Visit the Sleepfit site to find out more.

Social and community connectedness

Connecting with others is important for our wellbeing and helps us feel safe, less stressed and anxious.

While working

  • Call or video conference with colleagues instead of emailing or messaging
  • Inject some fun into your day with ‘getting to know you’ competitions within your team
  • Plan virtual morning tea or coffee catch ups
  • Organise a virtual team lunch

Outside of work

  • Write emails and letters to share a favourite memory
  • Play online video games or board games with friends or family
  • Start or join a virtual book club
  • Engage in a group chat with friends, family or workmates
  • Video chat with someone you care about
  • Host a virtual dinner or drinks catch up
  • Check on neighbours and people in your community and provide support where you can.

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Yoga

Did you know that 30 minutes of yoga, reading or humour have similar effects in reducing stress?

Yoga with Adriene. How did we ever cope before?

Reading

What better time to search for a book to make you laugh out loud, intrigue or inspire.

If you want some other ideas, here are some good places to start.

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Humour

Laughter is a great form of stress relief and can be a good way to defuse tensions, especially as we are now spending more time at home.

Work-life balance

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Exercise and movement

Exercise and movement

There is no doubt that with working from home, we are spending a lot more time sitting down. Here are some ideas that might help you to sit less and move more.

  • Start the day with a walk around the block – it’s a great way to set your mind to starting the work day and gives you a 'third space'.
  • Make it a rule to stand up while you are have a conversation. Better yet, pace!
  • Walk more around your house.
  • Make a list of five-minute tasks/activities/exercises and do one every hour.
  • Walk after you eat lunch.
  • Dance when you can.
  • Finish your work day with another quick 'walk home' around the block – again, using that 'third space' to transition from work to home.

Home office ergonomics – setting up your workstation

To avoid injury, set up your work space so that it's ergonomic. Please view the guideline on setting up your workstation to avoid injury (pdf, 228kb) and ergonomic self-assessment checklist (pdf, 596kb).

Don’t work from the couch or you will regret it by day three.

Online exercise resources

Healthy eating

This is the perfect time to try new recipes.

Lunch and learn sessions

In the news

Resources for families

Finance

Having access to good financial information and being able to manage money, insurance and savings are important factors in achieving financial wellbeing. Now might be a good time to get some advice on financial arrangements and supports.

Counselling and other support

If you have any comments or suggestions to improve this resource, please contact j.fiorenza@federation.edu.au.