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Health & Sports Week: 20th-23rd March 2018

Theme: Break Smart: Better Breaks Mean Better Work

It's week 10 and you're busy, busy. Assignments, essays, revision, pressure! And yet.... to be as productive as possible, it's important you take breaks. By taking high quality breaks, you'll do higher quality work.Checking your phone or going for a cigarette doesn't count! We're here to help you break smart.



Launch: Ultimate Frisbee Demo on Fellows' Square

DU Ultimate Frisbee will show you how to have a really great break from your studies or work.  Come to Fellows’ Square and they’ll show you how much fun Ultimate Frisbee is.  You can even try it for yourself.  Smoke Free Trinity and TCD SU will hand out free Frisbees and free t-shirts at the launch. 

When: Tuesday, the 20th March 2018 at 1 pm
Where: Fellows' Square



Piñata Punch: Win a Trinity Ball Ticket

Take your week 10 stress out on our cigarette shaped Pinata. Who ever strikes the winning blow wins a Trinity Ball ticket. For everyone else there'll be condoms. Thanks to Smoke Free Trinity for providing the Piñata and ticket.

When: Tuesday, the 20th March 2018 at 1.30 pm (after the launch)
Where: Fellows' Square


Talk by Ian Robertson: The Stress Test. How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

Why is it that some people react to seemingly trivial emotional upset – like failing an unimportant exam – with distress, while others power through life-changing tragedies showing barely any emotional upset whatsoever? How do some people shine brilliantly at public speaking when others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack? Why do some people sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt them a poor hand, while in others it merely increases their resilience? The difference between too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or enduring demotivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people to flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Trinity's Ian Robertson, clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, will speak about how we can shape our brain’s response to pressure and answers the question: can stress ever be a good thing?

When: Wednesday, 21st March 1.00pm
Where: Regent House
How: Turn up on the day. Lunch will be provided.


Healthy Library

We’ve surrounded you with easy ways to take a good break from your studies.  DU Table Tennis Club will have a table and paddles on New Square, the library has laid out board games for all to use in the central area of the Berkeley, the Hamilton Library and the John Stearne Medical Library, there’ll be mindfulness and yoga in the library North training room, the Soccer Clubs will are organising a knockabout session on the cricket pitch, you can try Volleyball or Quidditch on the Cricket pitch, use your free Frisbees on New Square all week, there’ll be a Chill Village for de-stressing in the Global Room. Check out the programme for the week for full details.


Practical Skills for Mental Health: Lunchtime Workshop with Brian Pennie and Daniel Twomey

Come to our lunchtime workshop to learn how to manage your mental health. Sandwiches and water will be provided. All students and staff welcome.

Brian Pennie will present on mindfulness-based solutions for anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as the compulsive thinking that goes with it.

Daniel Twomey's talk will be titled "Give energy, get energy." If you use your downtime between study or lectures to exercise you will return to your studies invigorated and reenergised."

When: Thursday, 22nd March 1.05-150pm
Where: The Global Room, Watts Building
How: Turn up on the day. Sandwiches will be provided

About Brian

Brian Pennie was a chronic heroin addict for over 15 years. In August 2013, extreme psychological suffering and several near-death experiences forced him to take a completely new perspective on life. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the complexities of the human mind. He graduated with a degree in psychology in 2017 winning several awards, including a fully funded PhD scholarship in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Brian is a published academic writer, lecturer in University College Dublin, guest speaker for mental health awareness, and personal development coach in both commercial and private settings. With a relentless belief that we are what we think, his mission is to inspire people towards a remarkable life, demonstrating actionable steps through a lived experience. His talk will focus on the foundational steps he has taken that not only make him insanely positive, but have also provided a solution to the issues that were the source of his addiction, namely anxiety through compulsive thinking.

About Daniel

Daniel Twomey graduated from the University of Limerick with a B.Sc (Hons) in Physical Education, and from Waterford Institute of Technology with an M.A. (Hons) in Management Education. Daniel has worked as a post primary teacher of Physical Education as well as a University lecturer in PE and Sports studies. He is presently a PhD fellow in Trinity College Dublin in the area of youth mental health and physical activity. The title of Daniel’s PhD is "The relationship between physical activity and positive mental health amongst students”. Ultimately Daniel aspires to become an advocate and spokesperson for youth mental health.


Health Checks & Meningitis Information

On Tuesday, the College Health Centre will have nurses in the Dining Hall entrance where you can have your blood pressure checked. Meningitis Ireland will have a meningitis awareness stand on the Arts Building Concourse. More details here.




Try it Out Thursday

Have you always wanted to try the climbing wall? Does trampolining sound like fun to you? Or if you'd rather keep your feet on the ground, how about soccer or basketball? Bring your friends. All welcome. More details here.

When: Thursday, 22nd March 2-5pm
Where: Sports Centre


Free Sports Centre Classes

As usual Trinity Sport are being SUPER generous. There's lots and lots free classes. Check out the programme here.




Exercise Hour for StaffImage result for images fitness at work

As usual, during the Week, all Trinity staff are entitled to take Exercise Hour which is an hour out of work to exercise.  To show support for Exercise Hour, College Health will close for one hour during Health and Sports Week and the doctors, nurses and administrative staff will spend that hour exercising. 

We are aware that for many people finding an hour out of work is difficult but we encourage staff members to take Exercise Hour too.   As you know, regular exercise is beneficial to mental and physical health.  It is also an opportunity to spend time with your colleagues having fun.  More details here.

You can see the full programme of the weeks events.

Mindfulness Meditation Image result for images of spiritual wellness

Karita, the College Physio and Mindfulness Instructor will give early morning guided meditation sessions where you become aware of the thoughts, body and emotions which will help you to make the best choices for the rest of your day and life perhaps! Karita's advice includes

  • Take time to be quiet with yourself. Meditate, pray or go fishing!
  • Savour the moment. Enjoy what you are doing now, instead of re-living the past or anticipating the future.




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Last updated 16 March 2018 by College Health Week (Email).