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.

February Feel Good Focus

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Feel Good February is here!

If you haven’t got involved in Feel Good February before, it’s a great way to kick start the year in a healthy way! With a month-long series of free health and wellbeing events and activities it’s designed to help you improve your mental and physical wellbeing and just ‘feel good’.

Each week has a theme which will be reflected in the events you can get involved with. The themes this year in order are, relax, try something new, get active and eat well.

This year, our events will be a mixture in person and virtually as we felt that this way would be more accessible to people who are not yet able to attend on campus. We want everyone in the UWE community to feel involved!

Why are these themes important?

Relax

  • Managing your stress is very important for your mental and physical wellbeing.
  • It’s important to take a break from work or studying to help you re-energise ready for your next tasks.

Try something new

  • By trying something new, you may find a skill that you did not realise you had.
  • You can connect and meet new people who also share your interest.

Get active

  • By doing some exercise, it helps release endorphins to help your feel good.
  • Getting outside has been proven to benefit your mental health.
  • Getting involved in a team sport will help you meet other people.

Eat well

  • Staying hydrated is not only good for your body but also good for your mind.
  • Eating a balanced diet is good for your physical and mental health.
  • Try going veggie or vegan, or even try swapping just a few meals a week to veggie based.

We’re also empowering students to ‘Find 15’ this month. ‘Find 15’ is about finding 15 minutes to help your wellbeing and to help you relax and take a moment to pause.

This could be by going for a short walk, watching your favourite show, reading a book or by doing some exercise. Whatever it is, we hope that you can take a moment to ‘Find 15’.

Share your ‘Find 15’ by using the hashtag #Find15 and tagging us @feelgooduwe.

We hope that you can attend some of the events and see you there!

What else is on?

As well as all the Feel Good activities taking place, February is also LGBTQ+ history month . To celebrate we’re hosting a range of events for you to get involved in.

Third-year BA Film Studies students Aiofe and Lydia, will also be providing a series of weekly reviews that capture this year’s theme of ‘Politics in Art’ over on The Inclusive University blog. Their first review is of Derek Jarman’s film Caravaggio (1986).

All reviewed films are available to stream via Kanopy, where as a UWE Bristol student your membership is free.

Your January Feel Good Focus

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Happy New Year – we hope that you have a nice break over the holidays!

January can seem daunting with covid, the cold weather and the typical ‘blues’ after all the festivities. It can also seem stressful if you have any exams or deadlines upcoming this month.

Here at Feel Good, we want to help you get back to your studies in the healthiest and most positive way possible and help you manage with any stress that you may have.

Try to get a good amount of sleep

Having a good night’s sleep helps you focus throughout the day. Try to aim to have 7-8 hours of sleep. It can seem challenging when thinking of assessments, perhaps try having a bath or shower before bed, a hot drink, reading a book and putting the phone down earlier on in the evening. There are also some apps that help you relax such as Calm or Bloom.

Get organised

Having a planner and writing down tasks can help when it seems that you’re balancing a lot. By seeing what tasks you have can help you realise how to complete them more effectively. Having an organised revision schedule always helps manage stress, but also keeping a tidy and organised room will help too. A good tip to try and maintain this is to tidy your desk and room when you first get up and get ready for the day. By having a clean environment, it can help reduce stress and help you focus on the main task of studying.

Give yourself a break

As important as studying is, it’s important to take a break. Find 15 minutes (#Find 15) to go for a walk, watch your favourite programme, exercise or make a nice meal. You need to take regular breaks so that you don’t burnout. There are many walking routes around all the UWE Bristol campuses. But if you are studying from home, try and look up local routes for you to have a break and explore.

Keep talking

If you are feeling overwhelmed after the holidays, it’s ok to not feel ok. But it’s important to communicate to friends, family or our staff here at UWE Bristol so that they can support you through this time. Your lecturers are here to support you too if you’re feeling stressed about an assessment or anything else. Our health and wellbeing services are always here to help too.

Coming soon…Feel Good February!

Something to look forward to, Feel Good February is coming up!

If you’ve not engaged with Feel Good February before, it’s filled with exciting activities both online and in person (subject to change from advice from the government). The month will be split into weekly themes of relax, try something new, get active and eat well. Each week will be full of things for everyone to get involved in, so keep checking the Feel Good pages for updates! Plus, keep an eye out for the Feel Good February giveaway!

Your October Feel Good Focus

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What a welcome! We hope that you’re settling into university life here at UWE Bristol.

This month’s Feel Good Focus includes different recipes for you to try at home, more ways to get active, ways to relax and new things to try!

Eat well

Now we are fully into autumn, it seems to be that time of year where we fancy ‘cosy’ kind of meals. Especially foods packed with vitamins to help us now we will have less sunlight and to help build are immune systems. Here are a few of our favourite winter recipes!

Meat: Spiced Chicken, Spinach and Sweet Potato Stew

Vegetarian: Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

Vegan: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Get active

Even though the weather and cold can be off putting, it is important to try and stay active. UWE MOVE are kindly offering free MOVE passes for all UWE students normally costing £40 – how great is that!

The MOVE pass allows you to have access to a variety of weekly sessions such as meditation, badminton, touch rugby and more. It’s a great way to get active, clear your mind, improve your health and to make friends along the way.

You can view the timetable online or you can book through the Bristol Sport App. The sessions are flexible and all about having fun.

Relax

Starting a new course or a new year of studies can feel intense at times. Just remember to put some time aside each week for yourself. Your mental and physical health is the most important thing. You can watch that Netflix episode or you could check out what events The Students’ Union at UWE are running.

Your September Feel Good Focus

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Whether you’re just starting your journey at UWE or returning for another year, September is an exciting time for everyone!

But don’t worry if you’re also feeling a little bit daunted, we’ve been busy planning a variety of activities to help you eat well, get active, relax and try something new, to start the year in a healthy, fun way!

What is Feel Good and Feel Good Fortnight?

The Feel Good programme is based on healthy behaviours for your wellbeing. Feel Good Fortnight takes place in September and promotes a healthy way to kick off your time at university. We want to help you to plan your meals and learn to cook new things, meet new people, find a new sport or hobby and to learn how to relax yourself when you come under stressful times.

Eat well

Eating well helps you stay energised and helps your physical and mental health. Ways on doing this would be to try a veggie or vegan meal and to stay hydrated throughout the day. Vegan meals can seem a bit daunting to make if you have never done so before. Why not try one of these 15 easy vegan recipes once you’ve moved in? Trying new meals could be something to do as a flat or with a group of friends.

Get active

By getting active, it’ll not only keep us physically healthy, but it helps to manage stress and boost our mood. Getting active outdoors has been proven to boost your mental health. Ways to get active at UWE can range from our UWE Move programme to trying a variety of different activities, or by trying out a range of easy walking routes around our campuses.

Our favourite places to walk include Stoke Park which has lovely views and isn’t too far Frenchay Campus. You can also take a walk to Snuff Mills and Oldbury Court Estate if you’re based at Glenside. And for students studying at Bower Ashton, you’ve got the beautiful Ashton Court right on your doorstep. In this video Fashion Textiles student Imogen, takes us on a tour of Ashton Court, one of her favourite stress-relieving locations in Bristol!

Relax

Moving to university can be a stressful time and it’s vital to ensure you relax to focus on your wellbeing. Make sure that when studying you have small breaks to help re-energise and try some mindfulness or meditation. The Calm app is a great way to try some mindfulness or create a Spotify playlist full of relaxing calm music.

When studying, the Flipd app is great as it sets a certain amount of time for you to study so you can have short breaks. You can also work in groups on the app so you and friends can study together and motivating quotes come up before you start a new session, which is a lovely touch!

Try something new

Trying something new can be challenging and exciting! It can improve your sense of wellbeing and perhaps help you find a new hobby. At UWE, we have a range of activities you can try. At the welcome events, if you see a sport club or society you’ve considered doing in the past, sign up and give it a go! You will connect with new people and develop skills.

And don’t forget to check out our friends at Centre for Sport or Centre for Music.

Feel Good giveaway

We’re also doing a giveaway on our social media platforms, so make sure you are following us on Instagram and Twitter!

This giveaway will be spread across the Feel Good Fortnight events, with prizes related to the Feel Good themes, so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting goodies!

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