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Walking to Wellbeing – My story

Sophie, Student Intern, shares her experience of joining the Walking to Wellbeing group for their first walk of the year…

Do you enjoy meeting new people and visiting the beautiful sights of Cardiff for free?

Does the idea of fresh air and a healthier mind interest you?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, have you considered joining other students in walking to wellbeing?

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 Exercise is crucial for your health and wellbeing

All too often exercise is pushed to the backburner when that essay deadline approaches. But did you know that even a brisk walk can be beneficial in improving your focus and  mood? Studies have shown that the more exercise you partake in, the better your mental wellbeing. Cardiff University offers a free ‘Walking to Wellbeing’ activity, taking place every Wednesday at 2pm outside the front of the Student’s Union. The programme, set up by Student Counselling, Health and Wellbeing and Cardiff University Sport, is a great way to enhance your wellbeing and improve your health.

 

Walking to Wellbeing – what is all the fuss about?

The sun was shining and it was actually warm, in Cardiff (yes I know). I met some great new friends and had the opportunity to de-stress as we walked across the beautiful parks in the heart of the city. For someone like me, exercise always seemed unattainable without suffering in the gym, but I found this hour long walk a breeze! While I loved the walking group (and will definitely be returning), I wanted to know if any of these claims to simply walking were true.

When I got home, I found my mind seemed more clear and that my productivity had risen noticeably. That night, I had a very good night’s sleep and woke up feeling refreshed!

 

But don’t just take it from me – walking has been proven to:

  • Increase Vitamin D intake to help boost the immune system
  • Release endorphins to improve mood and reduce stress
  • Develop fitness for a healthier body which can lead to a healthier mind
  • Improve the quality of sleep and cognitive functioning
  • Boost circulation and oxygen supply in the blood, increasing energy levels

And best of all, it didn’t even feel like exercise! Instead, the activity was fun and friendly. I met new people and made new friends!

Walking groups have been taking universities across the country by storm and if you think that you could benefit from walking to wellbeing, come along, bring your friends and join me next week to see for yourself what all the fuss is about. We’ll be outside the Student’s Union at 2pm on Wednesday.

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Contacting Counselling Health and Wellbeing

If you are struggling to improve your wellbeing, 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 provide you with some support. We offer a range of flexible support options including:

Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire. We also offer a Wellbeing Walk-In Service, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 3.45pm and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.15am, at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.  We also hold a walk-in service at our Student Support Centre in Cardigan House at the Heath, on Wednesday afternoons 3pm to 3.45pm.

 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.

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. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.

 

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Best wishes,

Sophie, Student Intern.

Sophie

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The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and Money, Careers and Employability, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

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