Wellbeing workshops

A range of workshops are available to help you improve your health and wellbeing while studying at university.

Student Wellbeing runs a series of group workshops available throughout the year—from one-off workshops to weekly classes and workshop series.

Workshops are led by experienced facilitators experts who understand student life. Wellbeing workshops will help you develop skills and strategies for overall wellbeing that support you to study well.

On-campus workshops

Sleep tips and tricks

One 90-minute session, ideal for students experiencing sleep difficulties that are interfering with their study or those who want to help a friend by understanding more about sleeping well.

Learn about:

  • helpful behaviours that establish a good sleep routine
  • sleep patterns and their relevance to sleepiness, night time awakenings and dreaming
  • know when you are getting enough sleep
  • understand the relevance of shallow breathing and strategies to counter this
  • acceptance-based strategies including mindful breathing and self-compassion.

Facilitated by Student Counselling Services, Mauri Ora Group Room, L1 Student Union Building (accessed via the Mauri Ora waiting area).

DateTime Signup link
Tuesday 15 September 2.00 pm Register

Managing anxiety

One 90-minute session. Learn and use a range of skills to manage anxiety and reduce study worries. Ideal for students currently experiencing anxiety.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • comfortably talk about your feelings
  • learn and use a range of skills to manage anxiety
  • choose between thinking, doing, and physical strategies to suit your needs.

Facilitated by Student Counselling Services, Mauri Ora Group Room, L1 Student Union Building (accessed via the Mauri Ora waiting area).

DateTime Signup link
Monday 14 September 10.30 am Register
Monday 21 September 10.30 am Register
Monday 28 September 10.30 am Register

Meditation

In this class you'll practice simple meditations that can make a difference to your wellbeing and enjoyment of life. Meditation supports your study by helping you focus, concentrate, and be present with tasks you are engaged in. It also gives you tools to manage stress and tap into your own resilience, strength, compassion and confidence.

A weekly drop in class facilitated by George Packard, from noon to 12.15 pm on Wednesday. No booking needed—just turn up! Classes run on the following dates at the Recreation Centre, Dance Room RC301:

  • 5, 12 August
  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 September
  • 7, 14, 21, 28 October
  • 4 November

Register via the University Recreation Group Exercise page.

If you have any questions about the workshops, email student-wellbeing@vuw.ac.nz.