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 means that ‘deeper’ kind of wellbeing you feel when you’re living in a way that’s good for you and for those around you. Anyone can benefit from looking after their Wellbeing. Even someone who feels they have a good sense of wellbeing can keep topping it up!
Try the 5 ways to Wellbeing
Research shows that there are 5 Ways to Wellbeing. As a starting point to improve your wellbeing, gradually incorporating the following 5 ways into your life will improve your health and happiness over time:
Wannabe Well: Wake up Your Wellbeing Workshop
We hope to give you a few ideas on how to boost your wellbeing and where to get support if you are finding university life challenging – come to our Wellbeing Workshop!
Research shows that 70% of students would initially prefer to speak with one of their peers rather than a professional when they are finding things difficult.
We have taken this research on board and are now introducing our ‘Wellbeing’ Workshop delivered by two of our trained Wellbeing Champions.
Wellbeing Champions are student volunteers who receive comprehensive training around issues relating to Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Their Workshop, entitled ‘Wannabe Well: Wake up Your Wellbeing’, will explore what Wellbeing is and the importance of improving emotional, mental and physical Wellbeing. They will then focus on strategies you can use to strike a balance, look after yourself and improve your own Wellbeing.
The next workshop will be delivered on:
Tuesday 28 November from 16:30-17:30 (51a Park Place)
*Please know that attendance at this Workshop can also count towards the Skills Development Service’s Certificate of Professional Development.
Find out what the Wellbeing Champions are all about
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Contacting Counselling Health and Wellbeing
If you are struggling to improve your Wellbeing and would like some support, please know Cardiff University Support Services are here for you – there is no problem too big or too small and we would be happy to help. We offer a range of flexible support options including:
- Self-help resources
- Peer Support
- Wellbeing Workshops
- Therapeutic Courses and Groups
- Wellbeing Walk-in: Drop-in Service running Monday to Friday 3-3:45pm
- Counselling and Wellbeing Appointments
- Face to Face, Online or Telephone
- Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire.
Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.
If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a peer ear and give you basic health and wellbeing advice. If you would like to see our Champions in action, check out their video and say hello to them at Hotspots and Events around Campus.
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options.
Rachel , Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team.
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