We know that the last year has been more of a challenge for many of you and that looking after our collective health and wellbeing has never been more important. To help support you, we have created a specific wellbeing area on our website at cardiffstudents.com/wellbeing. These pages are filled with new activities to help you build your community and stay in touch, signposting resources in case you need a helping hand, and lots of other useful info should you need it.
Visit the site here
Georgie East - Vice President Welfare says:
“I’m delighted to launch this wellbeing hub to support students throughout this time and bring together some of the new initiatives we have developed. “
On the site you will find:
50k grant spend
We are providing information about how we are spending our £50k HEFCW student wellbeing grant money. I’ve committed to ensuring we are explicitly clear with the wider student community on how we are spending this money. Because of this, we have provided a breakdown of our projects so you can see how proactive we have been. If you see any gaps or have any other ideas as to how you’d like this money spent, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Cardiff University grant money overview
Alongside this, I listened to your feedback, and have been in touch with the Student Support and Wellbeing department, to make sure you also have transparent insight into how they are spending their HEFCW allowance. This will be updated on a rolling basis as the money is received!
The fun bit...all of the events! We’ve developed a calendar of events with the support of student groups and external partners. We will be populating more events to this page in the coming weeks, please feel free to have a browse and sign up to any of the events you are interested in!
We know for some of you, you may need additional support and access to professional help. We have therefore created a very detailed signposting section, that will guide you to specialised support services that will be able to help you with any ongoing mental health concerns.
If you need any guidance at all with accessing the support services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via VPWelfare@cardiff.ac.uk
What has helped me in lockdown
I think it is safe to say that we all know how hard this year has been! Some days are better than others, and I have definitely had some ‘COVID days’ where not being able to see friends/family and being stuck inside has really felt like it has got on top of me! However, there have also been some really good days, when the simple things really make your day so much better.
There have been a couple of things that have helped me throughout this year, that I wanted to share! With this, it’s so important to remember that you still have all the support around you, and if you need anything at all, reach out.
Listen to yourself
If you need that lie in, need to cancel a zoom, need that entire chocolate bar or you need that cry, let it happen! This is such a strange time and the last thing we need is to be beating ourselves up too. We have all done such an amazing job getting this far, so you know what...treat yourself!
Let your friends, family, housemates, or us know if you’re struggling. Even if it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, there will always be someone that will be there to chat and help you through a down day. If you ever need any help finding that service, or just need a chat, please email me at VPWelfare@cardiff.ac.uk
I don’t know about you but hearing ‘get some fresh air’ can really annoy me....when I’m having a low day it’s the last thing I want to hear. However, when you feel able to, getting out, having that ambient exercise, and clearing your head can really help. With current guidelines you can also do this with one other person, which I know has made SUCH a difference for me!
If you like dogs…
I am lucky enough that I spent a few weeks at home after Christmas, which meant I had my dogs to walk! It really cleared my head and gave me a reason to get out. If you don’t have access to animals at home or in Cardiff and you think it would help you, there are loads of services where you can walk dogs and even dog sit - My housemate has signed up to Rover, so fingers crossed we will have some furry friends in Cathays soon!
It can be so hard to relax at the moment, as when we aren’t studying/working our only outlet is another screen...be it Netflix, Instagram, or a Zoom call with friends. I have 100% suffered from Zoom fatigue sometimes, as even though all I want to do is chat to my friends, having spent all day on Zoom, the last thing I want to do again is open up my laptop - and that’s okay! If you need to say no some nights, say no. Self-care is one of the most important things we can practice at the moment. Read a book, bake, have an early night, pop a friend on speakerphone and chill in bed...do whatever suits you!
I have a couple of playlists with really ‘happy’ music that when I’m feeling low I just shove on. It can actually really make a difference to your mood! I’m 100% one of those people that when I need a good cry I’ll put sad music on, but swapping this for your favorite upbeat music can sometimes really help you feel that little bit better!
Spending so much time on our phone, scrolling mindlessly through Instagram, can actually be really disheartening. I’ve gone through and followed a load of accounts that make me happy and like I’m not alone...body positivity, art, activists, honest mental health awareness posts, feminist speakers, food, and a disgusting amount of meme pages for when I need a giggle. Get rid of any accounts that make you question how you’re feeling...whatever you are feeling right now is completely valid. As always, the support is there if you need it, but getting rid of any toxicity on our feed can only help!
These may not help everyone, but I really hope they can help some people! Please check out our Advice pages for even more tips and tricks.
As always, if you need any help at all, please get in touch with me at VPWelfare@cardiff.ac.uk.
We really hope you get all you can out of these events, and let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see!