wellbeing

Winter survival guide: Information, advice and guidance for students

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

With the holidays fast approaching, our winter survival guide is here to provide information, advice and guidance for Cardiff University students. Whatever your plans over the winter recess, we have created a series of blogs to help give you some fun ideas on what to do and offer practical advice on your wellbeing during the holidays.
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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Nichola, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her recommendations on the best apps to support your wellbeing, study and finances… December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when many student houses empty for a couple
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Why Christmas time can escalate relationship abuse and how to get support if you are affected

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

If you’ve experienced violence and abuse of any kind, please know that you are not alone and our Disclosure Response Team are here to offer practical support and advice. Money tensions, unrealistic expectations and increased alcohol consumption make the Christmas period a peak time for relationship abuse/domestic violence. If your partner is controlling, coercive or threatening towards
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Estranged from your family this winter?

Posted on 7 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students shares some advice for students estranged from their families this winter. The festive period can be challenging if you are estranged from your family. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the never-ending advertisements featuring happy families around the Christmas tree may make you feel angry,
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Stay drink aware this festive season

Posted on 7 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, discusses festive drinking and warns not to get too jolly… For some, ‘tis the season for festive drinks. However, don’t feel like you need to chug mulled wine just to get in the festive spirit. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental and physical health. The festive season often comes
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Winter study tips

Posted on 6 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to stay on track with your studies whilst also enjoying the winter break. There are always a million and one things to be done over the festive period – whether it’s making sure you’ve bought gifts for everyone, arranging to meet up with friends or catching
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Why you should Chat to a Champion

Posted on 5 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah, one of our Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Online Peer Support and the new Chat to a Champion service. The Chat to a Champion online drop-in launched last week! It’s a great way for us Wellbeing Champions to offer peer support to students over the internet. What I think is so great about it
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Tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, shares tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams. It is natural to feel anxious prior to an exam. In fact, a little anxiety can actually help performance. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging
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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Wellbeing Team shares some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress. It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), but too much of it can lead you to feel out of control and can make it harder for you to take
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to manage your revision time effectively. It can be really hard to find self-motivation as the exam period gets closer. It requires a great deal of discipline and organisation to revise, especially when the joint demands of different courses or modules become overwhelming. Good planning skills
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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager, shares organisation, revision and exam strategies for success… Prior planning and preparation are the keys to exam success. So let me introduce my exams guide, with organisation, revision and in-exam strategies to help you set a course and stay on track. From planning to procrastination and revision notes to
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Most students experience a bit of presentation panic at some point. Your stomach drops, your mouth goes dry, your knees wobble beneath you and a lump forms in your throat. It can be especially terrifying if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand
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Put off Procrastination!

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion, gives her 5 Top Tips for beating procrastination and boosting productivity! Procrastinating is one of the major student vices and we all fall victim. Right now, I’m writing this blog while putting off my primary source analysis… Here are my top tips to help manage and overcome procrastination! 5 Top Tips to
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Chat to a Champion: Online Peer Support

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners, talk about the new online peer support available from Student Wellbeing Champions… ‘Chat to a Champion’ is an opportunity for you to chat online with a fellow student, who has received training in the areas of health and wellbeing, for support and advice about anything you might be struggling with
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Be Suicide-Alert

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, one of the Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Suicide Safety and how to become a Suicide-Alert Helper. Suicide – it’s a difficult topic but we need to drop the stigma and say the word. Suicide can affect anyone. There is no template for who can be suicidal. Be Suicide-Alert I recently attended a four-hour
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Wake up your Wellbeing!

Posted on 20 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about wellbeing and how you can attend a new peer-delivered workshop to enhance your own wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is more than just ‘feeling happy’ – it involves both the mind and the body. Happiness is a part of this, but in a wider sense it
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 16 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, talks about Transgender Awareness Week, 13 – 17 November, and Transgender Day of Remembrance, on 20 November… Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise the  awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues the trans community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place just after Transgender Awareness Week, and is
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Support for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor Brown, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent. This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Find out how our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service could help if you grew up with an alcoholic parent. Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week and the support available here
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Alcohol Awareness Week

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor, Counsellor and Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about alcohol at uni… This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Take some time to find out about drinking safely and the support available at Cardiff University. Find out more about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian here 3 Tips for drinking
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Rethink remembrance

Posted on 6 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about Remembrance. Join us in a two-minute silence to remember our Armed Forces’ Veterans on Saturday 11 November. On Saturday 11th November at 11am, we ask you to take a moment show your support for the veterans of our country. Please take a moment to put
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Benjamin’s Bright SPARK

Posted on 30 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

How Benjamin Land is using Enterprise and SPARK to help young people suffering with mental health issues ‘Prior to university, I had a vision about setting up a retreat centre for mental wellbeing offering a wide variety of activities. I decided to turn thought into action by drawing together a variety of nourishing and supportive activities
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Support for male survivors of sexual violence and rape…

Posted on 29 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Anyone can be affected by sexual violence. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, no matter your age, your sexual orientation, or your gender identity. Men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, experience the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social
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Would you like to help us create a safe campus culture – become an Empowered Bystander…

Posted on 26 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

As a student of Cardiff University, we hope that you’ll play your part in creating a safe campus culture. Acting as an Empowered Bystander is easy and can have a huge impact.  What is the Bystander Effect? The Bystander Effect is a psychological phenomenon where you are less likely to receive or give aid when
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Managing anxiety

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sari, Student Counsellor, talks about the Managing Anxiety course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Sometimes anxiety is a massive nuisance – it stops us from trying new things, undermines our confidence, clutters up our minds so that we can’t think straight.  You might have noticed the anxious ‘voice’ inside you, telling you stories
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USAFE’s Cuppa with a Copper

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Your local community policy officer is holding a drop-in session to provide students with advice, support and information! Our student intern Sophie finds out more… Fancy a cuppa with a copper? Beginning the 24th October, we’re inviting students to drop in and meet their officers! USAFE sessions will run on a drop in basis from
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Learn to overcome negative thinking

Posted on 18 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Living Life to the Full course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… When you are experiencing stress or going through a difficult time, you may also notice how your thoughts and cognitions are also negatively affected. Imagine walking down the street and seeing a close friend walking past.
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Living with OCD: A poetic insight

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In line with OCD Awareness Week in October, Wellbeing Champion, Emma, shares a personal poem called ‘Quirks’ about her experience with Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Quirks Sitting in a coffee shop talking to your friend You laugh, The big proclamation: ‘I’m so OCD!’ You proceed to explain Your charming oddity, The funniest joke in the
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3 Tips for Looking after your Mental Health

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion for the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about why mental health matters… Why do we prioritise physical ailments over mental illness? Just because you can’t see an illness doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mental health and self-care is so important within today’s modern stressful society. When it all gets too much and
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about National Coming Out Day on 11th October… From birth, most of us are raised to think of ourselves as fitting into a certain mould. Our culture and our families teach us that we are ‘supposed to’ be attracted to people of a different sex, and
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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula Barker from our Advice and Money Team explains what it means to be estranged and the support available to students… Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try to address this issue. But
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Walking to Wellbeing

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University Placement Students, Daisy and Nichola, have teamed up to tell us all about Walking to Wellbeing and why YOU should get involved… Hi, we are Daisy and Nichola, and we are running a programme called Walking to Wellbeing with the Counselling Health and Wellbeing service.   Sometimes we can struggle to get out
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Mind your Head

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Health and Wellbeing Team talks about World Mental Health Day and gives advice on maintaining your mental health whilst at university. World Mental Health Day is on Tuesday 10 October and all week at Cardiff University we are promoting awareness of mental health through ‘Mind Your Head Week’ organised by your VP
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Feeling homesick? Here are some tips to help

Posted on 6 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, from our Counselling, Health & Team, talks about dealing with homesickness. The transition for students when starting university can be smooth for some and really tough for others. It’s not surprising that some students find the change difficult. Some will also have the added challenge of missing home or struggling with adapting to a new
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Meet Paula, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 4 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available… My name is Paula Barker and I’m the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Graduate Centre (3rd floor)
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Student Veterans’ Meet Up

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the first Student Veterans’ Meet Up of the term. Have you served or are you serving in the British Armed Forces? We would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veteran’s Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other and talk
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Tips for settling in

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Term time has officially begun! Student Intern, Sophie, has some top tips for managing the pressures of a new academic year. Some students have been counting down the minutes until uni starts back, but others might be a little nervous.  It can be difficult to leave home after a summer spent with family and old
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Drink safe

Posted on 27 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares her rules to live by this Freshers’ Week. So! The Freshers’ Week madness begins and alongside it students everywhere are thrashed by the media for being grossly irresponsible hedonists (my new favourite word). It means ‘obsessed with self-indulgence’, and I’m sure they wouldn’t call us that if they saw the number
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Top tips to thrive at uni!

Posted on 22 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion for the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service, talks about getting the most out of your experience when starting uni for the first time… Well it’s here! You’ve aced your A-levels and now the day is upon you – you’re starting uni! Starting university can be very daunting – you may be moving to
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The essential guide to getting around Cardiff

Posted on 20 September 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Our student intern, Kate, explains how to get around Cardiff easily… Moving to a new city can be quite daunting. However, this guide should help you learn your way around Cardiff and the public transport available to you. Not only this, but it will highlight key services the university provide, like the Safe Taxi Scheme.
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Time to talk about sex!

Posted on 18 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Evie, Wellbeing Champion for the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about looking after your sexual health… Sexual health is a topic which isn’t talked about in detail. It seems awkward to talk about and nothing seems sexy about discussing your sexual health with a potential partner. It is currently “SEXtember” which is a monthly campaign
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How to Support a Friend Experiencing Relationship Abuse..

Posted on 12 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Watching a friend experience relationship abuse can be scary and frustrating. You may feel like you have no control of the situation and are unsure how to help… You may want to consider the following advice on how to offer support: It is important that the person feels that they are believed. Make sure that
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Living a healthy University life

Posted on 1 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Two of our students have teamed up to share advice for freshers and current students on leading a healthy life whilst making the most of your time here at Cardiff University! Well done! You’ve made it to university and you’re probably enthusiastic to explore and try new things, whilst also a bit anxious about how
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WhatsUp? App – A blog by Vincent Pericard…

Posted on 17 August 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

The WhatsUp? App is a wellbeing phone app offering 24/7 safeguarding, wellbeing and emotional health support. Features include: Rate your mood Ask a question Personal journal Inspirational notifications Raise a concern for someone SOS button links to urgent support, and during out of hours links to the Samaritans Bilingual: some of the app has been
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Would you like to become a Student Wellbeing Champion? We are now recruiting volunteers!

Posted on 7 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about how you can become a Student Wellbeing Champion… Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A caring person? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? If you answered yes to any of
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Re-sitting an exam? Top tips to keep you on track

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern Victoria shares some advice for students re-sitting exams this summer. After months of lectures, work and revision, it can be really disheartening to get your results only to realise that you have failed an exam. As a previous student shared, ‘nothing can prepare you for that sinking feeling’, and whether the news
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Meet Paula, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 26 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students will be going on maternity leave from the end of June 2017 and would like to introduce you to Paula who will be the dedicated contact in her absence. Some of you have seen me over the past few months and will know that I will
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Transitioning from University: Coping with change

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Wellbeing Champion, Tsvetina, shares some guidance for those moving back home for the summer and those leaving University altogether… It’s that time of the year again and everyone is packing away to go home. Going back to see your family can be an exciting and heartwarming experience, but it involves a transition which may not
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Gwasanaeth Cwnsela a Lles yn yr iaith Gymraeg / Counselling and Wellbeing service through the Welsh language

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Mae Gwenan, Ymarferydd Cwnsela a Lles dwyieithog, yn rhannu gwybodaeth am y gwasanaethau Cwnsela a Lles sydd ar gael yn yr iaith Gymraeg. Mae dros hanner poblogaeth y byd yn siarad mwy nag un iaith*. Felly mae’n hollol naturiol i lawer o bobl allu cyfathrebu mewn mwy na un iaith. Rydym yn byw ym mhrifddinas
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Wellness beyond University

Posted on 20 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about support outside of University and how to look after your wellbeing when you have finished. The dreaded dissertation is done, exams are but a distant memory and suddenly you’re thrown out into the ‘real world.’ Whether you’re remaining in Cardiff, moving back home or
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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