Well-being Workshops

If you are having issues with your well-being and/or would like some reassurance, these workshops have been specially designed for you.  Come along to as little or as many as you like.  All workshops are of between 1 and 2 hours duration and times will appear on the appropriate bookings pages. 

Breathe:  Managing Anxiety & Stress - "Take it easy and relax."

This online workshop is aimed at helping you manage anxiety and stress. We will explore what anxiety and stress look like and how they are maintained.  We will then focus on strategies you can use to manage anxiety and stress. These will include tools for managing anxious patterns of thinking, ways to deal with difficult emotions and also ideas for changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour that maintain anxiety and stress.

Dealing with Examinations’ Anxieties. "Feel the fear and do it anyway" (Jeffers S.)

This workshop will teach you effective strategies to gain control over your anxiety, so that you are able to concentrate and think clearly when studying for and sitting your exams.  

Dealing with Presentations' Anxieties. "Feel the fear and do it anyway" (Jeffers S.)

"Glossophobia," the fear of public speaking, is very common and lots of people face fears associated with standing in  front of an audience.  If this applies to you, why not come along and learn some effective strategies to gain control over your anxiety, so that you are able to concentrate and think clearly when preparing for and delivering a presentation?

Employment Rights & Advice.  "Don't be taken for granted."

Many students undertaking work have little or no understanding of their rights and thus risk being exploited. This workshop will take you through the essentials of how not to fall into such a trap as a student-employee and beyond University. Find out what a contract should entail, what constututes fairness, what benefits you may be entitled to and more so that you can not only earn that little bit of extra cash but have peace of mind too.

Financial Well-being -  "Look after your money, it's important; once it's gone it's gone." 

Everyone should be aware of financial risks and opportunities.  This session covers the concept of financial planning, understanding inflation and how it affects us personally, good savings habits, annual premium rates, savings and investments, equity risks and diversification and pensions and ISAs.  It will also provide some very interesting and enlightening ideas and is appropriate for you both now as a student and when you are in the real world.

Improve Your Self-Esteem - "The truth is, you're a good person."

The aim of this workshop is to help you to develop skills and techniques that will enhance your self-esteem and increase your confidence.  It will to teach you how to tackle self-criticism, and negative automatic thoughts. It will help you to develop a kinder attitude towards yourself and to think in a more balanced way. You will learn how to manage interpersonal relationships more effectively by developing self- awareness, and communicating more assertively.  This workshop will encourage you to think about your general health and well-being, and suggest simple tips that will enable you to look after yourself.  It can support you in developing good interpersonal skills, teamwork and self-awareness all of which are competencies highly valued in the workplace environment.

Improve Your Well-being  -  "Wannabe Well?"

This workshop will be delivered by our trained student Wellbeing Champions. We will explore what wellbeing is and the importance of improving emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

We will then focus on strategies you can use to strike a good balance, look after yourself and improve your wellbeing.

Introduction To Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - "Accept the things you can’t control, and: Make a commitment to do what you can to improve your life."

Are you doing your best to control things and to make life better for yourself, but sometimes feel that the more you struggle, the worse things seem to get?  Many people have found that their quality of life can be improved, and their suffering reduced, by using ideas and strategies taken from a Therapy called “ACT” – which stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

ACT is underpinned by two main principles: ACT utilises mindfulness and assists you in clarifying what you value most in life and setting goals based upon these.

Come along to this 90 Minute Intro to ACT session to learn more about it and leave with some thought provoking and useable strategies.

You will learn new ideas by listening, watching some short videos and taking part in simple activities during the session.

Laughter Therapy As Stress Relief - "An effective medicine."

Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle.  Laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects from the damaging effects of stress.  Laughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring our mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens one's burdens, inspires hope, connects us to others, and keeps us grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps to release anger and forgive sooner. You do not need to be happy or have a sense of humour to benefit from a good laugh.  Laughter provides a full-scale workout for our muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes us giggle will have a positive impact. 

Making Connections - Overcoming Loneliness

In this online workshop, you will learn about the causes of loneliness, how it affects you and the ways in which you can overcome loneliness for a happier and healthier life.  This workshop will be delivered online and you will be emailed a participation link when you book your place.

Managing Anxiety & Stress:  Self-help tips  – “Keep calm and carry on”

This workshop is aimed at helping you manage your stress levels.  You will look at what stress is and try to understand how this affects you in terms of thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviour.  You will cover strategies that will support you to recognise what triggers your stress and to manage stressful thoughts and feelings.  Finally, you will look at how to calm your stress levels through various relaxation methods, including mindfulness so that you can go forward with more peace and tranquillity in your busy routines.

Managing Anxiety & Stress:  Practical Therapy Solutions  – “A de-stress workout."

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This practical workshop will teach you how to apply Indian head massage and shoulder massaging techniques to help relieve the physical symptoms of stress.  There will be hands-on activities in this session as you will be practicing the taught therapies on each other. 

Managing Shyness & Social Anxiety

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Mindfulness For Exams

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Mood Booster - Managing Low Mood & Depression

This workshop is aimed at helping you cope with low mood and symptoms of depression.  You will explore the different types of depression people can experience, how depression can develop and the things that can maintain it.  You will explore strategies for improving low mood, including ways to manage negative patterns of thinking, ways to deal with difficult emotions and ways to change unhelpful behaviour.

Self-defence Techniques - "Forearmed is forewarned."

The safety of our students is the number one priority at University.  Being aware of good personal safety, together with simple yet effective and easy to remember physical self-defence techniques is essential.  Unless one has been trained in basic self-defence techniques, it is more than likely a victim will react to a situation instantaneously or freeze in fear or panic. This session will cover techniques that can help you in maintain control of your personal space and avoid conflict, as well some simple defence against the most common attacks.  These include de-escalation tips, practical training in grabs, holds, knife threats, the importance of awareness and travel safety tips.

The Confidence Factor – “Be yourself and don't worry what others think of you"

Are you ready for interacting with others in the workplace? Whilst work is something that can improve our confidence it can also knock one back at times. It is important that you build resilience and learn to deal with criticism in order to maintain your level of confidence in what you are doing. This workshop will look at ways you can boost and build confidence and show you how to focus on your positive qualities. It will also look at how to build resilience so that you are able to deal with criticism through using defusing techniques.