Whilst you are studying with us, your wellbeing is our priority. We want to help make sure that you are feeling happy, content and fulfilled so that you are successful in your course. There’s so many things you can do to give yourself a well-deserved boost but how about trying these 5 steps to a happier, more positive life.
Connect with the people around you. Your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Spend time developing these relationships.
You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Check out our Benefits of Nature campaign below for more information!
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
Give to others
Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Self-care can sound self-indulgent but taking some time for yourself is an important part of maintaining good mental health. This can be anything from having a hot bath, reading a book, eating your favourite foodie treat, turning off your phone or taking 10 mins to sit quietly and focus only on your breathing. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you can also be called "mindfulness". Practising mindfulness aims to help you:
become more self-aware
feel calmer and less stressed
feel more comfortable to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
be kinder towards yourself.
BENEFITS OF NATURE
how to be more mindful
Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness.
Notice the everyday
Make an effort to avoid ‘autopilot’. Focus on the details of what you’re doing, eating, seeing and spend time enjoying those things.
Keep it regular
It can be helpful to pick a regular time during which you decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you – your morning walk to Uni for example.
Watch your thoughts
It can be very easy to let thoughts and worries crowd your mind as soon as you try to relax, mindfulness isn't about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events that you can think on for a moment and then allow them to leave your mind.
As well as practising more everyday mindfulness, you may find it really helpful to dedicate time for some meditation, yoga or more formal mindfulness practise. Setting aside just a little time everyday can have some real benefits. Why not try our MOVE Yoga classes?
Free yourself from
the past and future
You can practise mindfulness anywhere, but it can be especially helpful to take a mindful approach if you realise that, for several minutes, you have been trapped in reliving past problems or pre-living future worries.
Name thoughts and feelings
To develop an awareness of thoughts and feelings, some people find it helpful to silently name them so instead of "I might fail that exam" think: "this is anxiety".