Feel Good Focus May: Five ways to wellbeing

Date: 01 May - 31 May 2018
Time: Various


Connect

There is lots of research to suggest that feeling close to and valued by others is fundamental to our wellbeing and are protective factors against mental health problems such as depression.

It's important to look after our social relationships and there are many things we can do in the day to nurture them:

  • Speak to someone new, maybe someone on your course that you haven't had the opportunity to talk to.
  • Share your journey into university with a friend or housemate.
  • Arrange to meet up with an old friend you've not seen for a while.

Be active

Regular physical activity has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety as well as improve general wellbeing. Over exam period it can be difficult to keep up with your usual exercise schedule, but make sure you take the time out to reduce your stress as well as improving your concentration.

Exercise doesn't have to be intense or strenuous. Find something that you enjoy and look forward to doing and aim for 20 minutes per day.

  • Go for a walk. Put in your music or maybe just listen to the birds
  • Go to an exercise class. Whether it be Zumba or spin, take the opportunity to try something new. Take a friend with you so you can connect as well.
  • Take the stairs and not the lift.

Take notice

It's important to take notice of the world around you, this may help you feel more grounded and helps to keep you in the moment. This is particularly important during exams as it can be easy to get caught up in revision.

Take just five minutes out of your day to enjoy the moment and the environment around you:

  • Get a plant for your desk.
  • Organise your revision space.
  • Take a different route in to university.
  • Try a new place for lunch.

Learn

While it may seem like you spend all your time learning at university, take the opportunity to learn something outside of your course area. This helps build self-esteem and encourages social interaction.

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
Stephen Hawking

Take the time to learn something that you've always wanted to learn:

  • Cook a recipe you've not tried before.
  • Learn how to fix your bike.
  • Develop your arts and crafts skills.
  • Read a new book.

Give

Helping others is a great way to start feeling good about yourself. There are many ways you can give and they don't have to be big acts.

  • There are many volunteering opportunities you can be a part of and it is a great way of making friends. Take a look at UWE Bristol's volunteering opportunities.
  • Donate money to your favourite charity.
  • Organise a bake sale or coffee morning for charity.

Cost: Free
E-mail: feelgood@uwe.ac.uk

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