There are many different types of support offered at Deakin College. Learn more about them so you can get help whenever you need it.
It helps you maintain a healthy weight, improve immunity, reduce the risk of disease, and keep energy levels up all day. But what does ‘good’ look like?
Plan meals and snacks around colourful vegetables, fruits and wholegrains. Add protein and iron rich foods like lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Some dairy can also contribute to your protein intake. Focus on heart healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
As a general rule, everything is ok ‘in moderation’. However, too much sugar, caffeine, saturated fat or salt can have a negative impact on your health, sleep, energy and overall wellbeing. Limit foods with low nutritional value, such as chocolate, lollies, potato chips and energy drinks.
As a student, it’s inevitable that you’ll spend large parts of your day sitting down – either in lectures or at a computer doing assignments – and that can have a negative impact on how your body feels.
Taking the time to move your body outside of your study time can have great benefits to both your physical and mental health. Whether it’s visiting one of the DeakinACTIVE gyms or joining a sporting club, find out more about sport & exercise at Deakin here.
A healthy body also means safe sex and healthy relationships. Sexual health involves every aspect of sexual relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you need any sexual health support or simply have questions, visit one of our Medical Centres.
Alcohol is a socially acceptable and widely used recreational drug in Australia. Many students choose to use alcohol when celebrating, socialising or just relaxing. Moderate consumption of alcohol is fine; however, overuse or abuse of alcohol can have many negative effects on your health, wellbeing, and your academic performance at Deakin.
Here are Australian guidelines on managing your alcohol intake.
You can prepare yourself to make healthy choices and informed decisions about alcohol by understanding alcohol-related harm and ways to reduce it. No level of alcohol consumption can be considered safe for everyone, and regular consumption can have long term health effects. Learn more about the effects here.
If you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, seek Counselling advice here.
As a student, you may have many competing demands in your day-to-day. You’ll be balancing study, work, financial, family and social commitments, all while adjusting to a new environment.
Learn to manage stress: Take regular breaks from study sessions, stay physically active, eat well and stay hydrated. Ask our Support team for help finding study methods that work best for you. You can also manage stress by managing your time well - be prepared and organised, attend all your classes, and start assignments early so they don’t become a source of anxiety.
Balance your commitments: It’s important that you have a life outside of study, including social, family and cultural connections. It can also involve spiritual fulfilment or part-time employment. Each of these areas of your life can provide a sense of belonging and purpose, which can go a long way toward reducing stress and improving your sense of confidence and self-worth.
Making connections: Deakin College can give you plenty of opportunities to make connections. Our ‘A day in the life ’ page is a great place to start. For a spiritual connection, you can always visit our Multifaith Chaplaincy. If you’re considering a part-time role while you study, check out our Working & Studying page for some valuable advice.
Get an early night: You won’t do your best work if you are too tired. Getting enough good quality sleep is vital to feeling and performing your best.
Some tips include:
To succeed in your studies, it’s important to think carefully about your study space.
A few small changes to your environment can support your happiness and wellbeing. This includes your living space. A health living space is one that is:
Plants and fresh flowers can bring a lot of life into a space. Some varieties can even help keep the air cleaner!