March Feel Good Focus

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By the Feel Good Team

Thank you for Feel Good February

We wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that attended and helped out with Feel Good February.

We loved hosting these events and we hope that you enjoyed attending and entering our competitions. Stay in touch with us on social media and we’ll see you for other Feel Good events later in the year!

Did you know March is Women’s History Month?

There’s lots going on for Women’s History Month including a wellbeing Yoga Nidra session, a talk by the Clifton Suspension Bridge Master, weekly film reviews, and much more! All the events can be found on the events diary. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

#Find15

As the weather is getting a nicer, and the days are getting longer, exercising outside might become less daunting. Going for a short walk outside increases our oxygen levels which boots serotonin levels and improves our moods.

And with it being spring, it’s a great time to get outside and see all the wildlife and the flowers blooming. Perhaps when you’re on a short walk, tags us using #find15 to show us how you find 15 in your day to help improve your wellbeing.

It’s important to make sure you find time throughout your day to take a step back and be mindful. Whether this is by walking, having a bath, watching a show, cooking your favourite meal or meditating. Whatever works best for you, it will help you feel good.

Additional support

The conflict in Ukraine has created great anxiety for many, particularly those in our community from Ukraine but also those from Russia and other neighbouring countries, and those whose families and friends may be affected.

We would like to remind our students that we are here to support you and that our wellbeing services are on offer for anyone who has been affected by the events unfolding in Ukraine.

Our fantastic Advice Centre team are on hand to provide you with friendly, non-judgemental, and confidential support. We also have a range of wellbeing services available to all students and the Global centre for international student support.

Equity blog post

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by Equity

We hope your assessments have gone well and that you’re back in the swing of your studies.

Things you might have missed…

We started the year with the good news that the University has dropped the use of the BAME acronym and will use more specific terms to describe someone’s ethnicity. You can read the full article on the UWE Bristol website.

On the 9th March, we hosted a watch party of Bobbi O’Gilvie’s original Networking to Succeed webinar. Speaking to students after the event, they said they liked how Bobbi linked to anecdotes making the points relatable especially when talking about the anxiety of networking. They also appreciated how she encouraged networking when you feel it’s necessary rather than pushing it as something to be doing all the time. And they also liked her suggestion of reducing networking anxiety by giving yourself a script to follow.

You can catch up with Bobbi’s webinar and others on our Equity webpage.

Things to get involved in…

Become a PAL leader

PAL leaders play an important role in supporting their fellow students during their time at University. There are a variety of roles on offer and it’s a great opportunity for you to learn soft skills such as planning and organisation as well as learning mentoring and communication skills.

There’s also the option to undertake the ILM Level 3 Award in Mentoring which will help you stand out to employers when you graduate.

Things to look out for…

Ashford Essay Competition 2022

Last year saw a good calibre of essays from UWE students and Ashford’s said they were grateful to all who entered and found it hard to pick winners. Ashford’s picked their top four essays from students across faculties with each winner receiving prize money of £1,500.

The competition is open to Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students and we’ll be announcing the details of the 2022 competition very soon!

Celebrating Culture Conference

Soon we’ll also be sharing the details of our end of year Equity event in collaboration with the Students’ Union taking place in May 2022.

For any further information visit our Equity webpage and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And feel free to share this post with friends and help build the Equity network!

University Mental Health day

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by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team

Following the events of Feel Good February, we’re continuing the promote the importance of practising self-care and managing your mental wellbeing with University Mental Health Day on Thursday 3 March, founded by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisors Network.

Learning more about mental health

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England , with 1 in 6 people reporting a common mental health problem in any given week .

These include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While they are not mental health diagnoses, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm are also related to mental health.

Supporting your mental health

Professional services

Whether you’re living with a condition, know, or are supporting someone who is, it’s important that you seek out daily and long-term support. UWE Bristol are proud to feature a range of professional health and wellbeing services to support you, that include out of hours support and are also partnered with local organisations such as Off the Record and Bristol Mental Health, endeavouring to provide you with an extensive range of care.

Exercise

Exercise is also a great way to raise endorphins and the free MOVE programme at the Centre for Sport, offers over 40 activities for you to engage in, including: dance, hiking, mediation, Tai Chi, and yoga. If you require quiet and self-reflection, there are sanctuary spaces across all campuses and the Student Centre based on Frenchay Campus, is also home to the out of-hours team on the first floor. If you require pastoral support, 2OCT003 based in The Octagon is a 5-minute walk from there.

Diet

Diet can also impact mental wellbeing and the University strives to offer a range of nutritious food and drink outlets on all campuses that accommodate dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free and are open to any recommendations to diversify their options.

There are also Hydration stations located throughout each of the campuses to encourage you to work towards drinking 1.5 to 2.3 litres of water a day, as recommended by the NHS. Water has many benefits, including improved focus, boosting your immune system, and mood maintenance, so you could also combine a short walk to a station in another building and get some fresh air to maintain those endorphins.

How to get involved in University Mental Health day

Get involved by inspiring conversations, taking action, and creating change through hosting an event, signposting a friend to the available resources or sharing your experience on social media using #UniMentalHealthDay.

No one should ever feel alone with their mental health, so we encourage you to engage with the links embedded within this post or to speak with your personal tutor for further support.

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