An official University of Exeter (Cornwall) and Falmouth University App, that can help you improve your wellbeing and resilience. The App includes a Live Feed, Healthy Challenges, Wellbeing Tips, Podcasts and more. With the different features this app offers you can quickly track healthy habits you might want to work towards that can help you to thrive and succeed. You can learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as access practical finance advice and some student deals. Simply download the App below, follow the instructions and explore ways to a healthier and happier life.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
What can you do to take some simple but effective steps towards living well? Extensive reviews of research and expert opinion have identified the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. You can start your journey now by taking action to have a healthier and more satisfying life. You can make conscious and deliberate choices to look after your wellbeing. Try to consider what do the five ways below mean to you and how you could implement them in your life.
1. CONNECT – building connections with other people around you will support and enrich your everyday life. Invest time in developing positive relationships with family, friends, flat mates, the people on your course. You may want to get in touch and connect with nature, music, animals, spiritual needs or yourself. Establishing connections, that you feel are meaningful, will help increase your mental health and wellbeing.
2. KEEP LEARNING – learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Try something new, rediscover an old interest, set a challenge and enjoy achieving. This could be cooking a new recipe, playing a new sport or researching something you are curious about. When we learn for our interest and gain satisfaction out of it, it will enhance our wellbeing.
3. BE ACTIVE – discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. This could be a walk, spending time outside, cycling, playing a game, dancing. Whatever exercise makes you feel good. Implementing physical activity as part of your routine, even if it is for 10 minutes, can help you to overcome mental fatigue and improve performance.
4. TAKE NOTICE – to take notice is to be in the present, in the ‘here and now’. Be curious, savour the moment, try being aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. The gateway to the present moment is often through our senses. Pausing and reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
5. GIVE – do something nice for other people. This can be a smile, a compliment, words of encouragement, tolerance, or help. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to a wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. You can also give kindness to yourself and remember that it is okay to take and accept compassion from others.
There is substantial evidence to support the ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ in living well and small changes can often make a big difference, so why not give it a go?
Stress and Wellbeing Course
This course is designed to help you get a better understanding of what stress is, what causes stress and what keeps it going. Over the course of four sessions you can learn to manage your own stress better to enhance your wellbeing and overall health.
- Session one takes a closer look at what stress is, who gets it and what can help to break the stress cycle. This session also looks at the relationship between stress, depression and anxiety. After identifying your personal stress patterns, you can set achievable goals you may wish to work towards and learn helpful coping strategies.
- Session two explores the effect stress has on our body and vice versa. You can learn more about what happens in the body when we feel low or anxious. This session explains different relaxation techniques and skills that can help you calm body and mind.
- Session three is all about our thoughts and how stress affects the way we think. This session explores the power of thoughts, worry, and that thoughts aren’t facts! After looking closely at different commonly used unhelpful thinking styles, this session offers you alternative and more balanced ways of thinking.
- Session four is all about our behaviour, the things we do or don’t do. You can learn how to overcome procrastination, how to manage common human emotions such as anger, get active, solve problems and how to establish a good work life balance.
The course is designed as a whole package and to get the most out of it, it is recommended to attend all four sessions. Each session is part of a jigsaw and they build upon each other. You can sign up to a live version on the Study Hub or access pre-recorded videos on our Wellbeing Website.
There are also several bite-sized courses you may wish to explore.
Sleep: This course may be right for you if you are experiencing any form of sleep difficulties. You can learn more about sleep and how to improve your quality, and quantity, of sleep. This course will offer a range of practical tips to change your environment and behaviour, as well as relaxation techniques that have proven to help. These include breathing awareness, progressive muscle relaxation and visualisation.
Resilience: This course is designed to help you build your resilience, our ability to bounce back from set-backs. You will learn specific ways of how to become more resilient and which steps you can take to strengthen this skill. This workshop is for everyone who wants to learn from life’s challenges and respond with a flexible approach.
Adjusting to Uni Life: Super-charge your wellbeing by consciously reflecting upon strengths and qualities that you already have. You can learn more about some indicators of wellbeing to help facilitate your adjustment to University life.