Connected Mind Model

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Developing a healthy mindset to be able to achieve goals and navigate challenges. 

Healthy mind means:

  • Making decisions with minimal stress or worry.
  • Managing your emotions well.
  • Bouncing back quickly from challenges and setbacks.

Ways to foster a healthy mind:

  • Take time to wind down - practice meditation, listen to music, read a book for enjoyment, or have a massage, anything where you give yourself permission to ‘just be’ for a moment.
  • Take time out in nature paying attention to your senses and taking in your surroundings.
  • Add movement into your daily routine – go for a walk if you start to procrastinate, get off the tram early, park further away or walk to a different area of campus to mix up your study spots.
  • Celebrate your wins and accomplishments whether big or small.

Feel good & function well.

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Maintaining physical health through moving well, eating well, and sleeping well.

Healthy body means:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Having a nutritious and balanced diet.
  • Getting around 8 hours of sleep most nights.
  • Cutting down or eliminating unhealthy habits such as alcohol, smoking and drugs.

Ways to foster a healthy body:

  • Set aside specific times in your week to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity, aim for 30 mins a day.
  • Grab some mates to form a team or join as an individual in the social sport program or hire a court for free when on campus.
  • Join the Uni Fitness gym where you can work out any time, join a class or get personal training.
  • Get involved in the free health and sport events on offer on campus, and the free or low-cost activities on the Gold Coast.
  • Set a regular bedtime and wake time and aim for 8 hours sleep each night.
  • Keep your bedroom as a restful space – aim to study elsewhere. 
  • Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bed. 
  • Lower the brightness of your screens at night. 
  • Have a relaxing night-time routine to signify to your body to wrap up for the Include soothing audio in your routine if you find your mind is racing or try writing down your worries if they are interfering with getting to sleep.
  • Expose your eyes to sunlight as soon as you can in the morning.
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Discovering a sense of purpose and meaning.

Healthy soul means:

  • Having a clear sense of purpose and direction
  • Feeling connected to something bigger than yourself
  • Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values.

Ways to foster a healthy soul:

  • Practice Mindfulness – g., look up free guided mindfulness meditations on YouTube, insight timer or meditation apps.
  • Ask for feedback from your friends and work colleagues on your strengths and limitations.
  • Keep a journal to track your feelings and
  • Track your goals and your progress towards them noticing any repeated barriers.
  • Purposely go outside of your comfort zone to challenge yourself.
  • Volunteer: create a deeper sense of connection at Uni whilst building your network and making a positive impact in your community.
  • Ask for feedback from your friends and work colleagues g., how you handled a situation, asking what you could have done differently.
  • Book an appointment with the Chaplain to explore where you’re at on your personal development journey.
  • Consider what gives you meaning, drive and fulfillment day to day and build these moments into your weekly schedule.
  • Decide what values (aspects of your life) are most important to you, (complete this worksheet to help you). Reflect each week if you are living in alignment with them.
  • Write down what you are working towards and why, reminding yourself often
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Building a sense of connection and belonging as well as a solid support system.

Healthy people means:

  • Being good at communicating.
  • Feeling comfortable interacting with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Being able to create and maintain important relationships.

Ways to foster healthy people:

  • Join Social Sport at the start of tri – a great way to meet people whilst focusing on a shared goal.
  • Join a club to explore your interests and hang out with like-minded There are many to choose from or you can start your own.
  • Volunteer for one of the programs at the Student Guild or become a mentor to meet some great people and make a positive impact on others.
  • Introduce yourself either in person or via email at the start of the
  • Attend all classes, ask questions, and contribute your
  • Attend consult hours or email your lecturer/tutor directly to seek clarification as soon as you need it.
  • Show interest in their life, be thoughtful and supportive in their times of stress and share with them about your own life.
  • Practise expressing yourself assertively but gently when discomfort or conflict
  • Reflect on how healthy your relationships are, namely how safe you feel to express yourself and how reciprocal it feels.
  • Seek help when you need it – look up the free resources at Relationships Australia and Reach Out or book an appointment with a Griffith Counsellor.
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Creating a sense of comfort and adaptability in all environments

Healthy place means:

  • Feeling comfortable in all environments (e.g. uni, home, work).
  •  Being able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and challenges.
  • Feeling a strong sense of connection to uni/work/home.

Ways to foster a healthy place:

  • Make an effort to get familiar with your surroundings: walk around campus, say hello to those around you. Look for places that help you focus or change locations if you feel your concentration waning.
  • Take notes of directions and names or other important things to decrease your mental load in a new environment.
  • Be persistent and patient with yourself when using new tools and doing unfamiliar tasks: practise having a growth mindset, acknowledge that with time you will become more sufficient and familiar.
  • Help yourself through experiences of discomfort in a new environment: know it will pass as you get more familiar, take time to support yourself, breathe deeply, take breaks and utilise encouraging self-talk to support yourself (and don’t forget to seek support when needed).
  • Look for instances of how you are accepted rather than examples of how you are not and challenge any automatic thoughts about your environment or experience that may be the worst case or a generalisation.
  • Fake it till you make it, be present and engaged with your surroundings to feel comfortable faster.
  • Set up your study space to make it work for you – read through the Master your Set-up class on the Learning Hub.
  • Explore different areas on campus to find where you like to go for breaks and where you like to study e.g. quiet versus ambient noise, large or smaller spaces, areas with natural light or views of trees.
  • When studying, make sure you have water, comfortable clothing, and enough food. 
  • Use your senses to stay engaged: have something to fidget with if that’s helpful, listen to sounds that help you concentrate, chew gum, utilise movement.
  • Stay organised and ready: book in with Schedule Assist and check out Griffith Time Management tips to decrease overwhelm and its resulting disengagement.
  • Volunteer – meet like-minded people and make a positive impact on others. 
  • Join a club – get involved in your interest area to meet likeminded friends and create a joint thriving community.


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