Think for Wellbeing
Mental wellbeing improves the quality of our lives in many ways including better physical health, faster recovery from illness, fewer limitations in daily life, higher educational attainment, greater likelihood of employment and earnings, and better relationships.
We all get stressed at times; positive stress can help us achieve a goal, but can’t be sustained. Negative, self-defeating stress has a negative impact on our psychological and mental wellbeing.
If you do find yourself getting stressed, try to chill out and take some ‘me' time. Deep breathing can make you feel calmer and linking with friends can be invaluable too. Talking about your concerns can help to keep them in check. Exercise, meanwhile, helps to release natural chemicals that make you feel better. Keeping a diary, planning your time and adhering to a budget can help you feel organised.
If you are worrying about your studies try talking to your Academic Tutor, or, for non-academic queries visit Firstpoint and they will guide you to the right person, or book an appointment with the counselling and Mental Health Service. As a member of staff, try talking to your line manager if you have concerns or contact Human Resources if you would like to access external counselling support.
Research has demonstrated that happiness is a key factor to wellbeing and feeling good. As your happiness increases you become more compassionate, creative, energetic and emotionally and physically healthy.
Why not tell a close friend/family member how pleased you are to have them in your life or check in with someone who needs some support. Concentrate on the positives in your life as opposed to focusing on the negatives and remember that experiences make you happier in the long run, rather than material goods. Finally, make a conscious effort to smile at people you see.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques such as meditation, breathing and yoga. Mindfulness exercises help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environments, so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, you are able to manage them.
Research has found that Mindfulness can also help with anxiety, depression, sleeping issues, addictive behaviours, working productively and in reducing sickness levels. The University provides regular mindfulness sessions for both staff and students. For further information please contact Rod London on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A quiet place
Sometimes you need a quiet place where it is easier to think. At St Johns Campus there is the small garden beside Woodbury and also the labyrinth, which provides a meditation area. On City Campus, walk down the hill and rest on the grassy banks overlooking the racecourse and river.
Remember, you are not alone and don’t forget to talk to family and friends. If you would like help or advice on dealing with stress or improving your mind-body wellbeing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org students) or email@example.com
Alternatively you could contact Samaritans on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health matters....be mindful of yours