Take a look through our Wellbeing activities, designed to support you throughout your learning journey at UCLan and beyond.
Assertiveness is a communication skill that requires being clear about your thoughts, wants and needs while still considering the thoughts, wants and needs of others. Assertiveness can be something that students struggle with especially if you have low confidence. Assertiveness is a good skill to develop as you can continue to use it throughout your life. This wellbeing activity gives some tips about how to become more assertive
Stress is a normal part of a uni life, due to challenges related to work-life balance, academic pressures, financial stress or external factors. Stress can sometimes become overwhelming due to not having healthy coping mechanisms. This can lead to either poor mental wellbeing or the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms. This task aims to highlight some of the healthy versus unhealthy coping mechanisms, so that you can see what strategies you may be putting in place that are working and what may need challenging.
Exercise and being active is an important part of staying well and improving our mood. It has been found that exercise can reduce stress and symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Exercise can also help if you are struggling with fitting in at university or spending too much time in your room. This activity gives simple pointers and signposting options that encourages you to get moving and move your mood!
My shield. We can often get trapped in negative cycles of stress and negative thought patterns, so it can be vital to highlight positive aspects of our day-to-day lives. Highlighting what you do well and what helps you to stay well can impact your mental wellbeing and improve your university experience. This task helps to highlight these areas, and can identify what aspects of your lives help to build a shield against stress and ruminations of negative thoughts.
Rollercoaster. University can be an immensely rewarding and a positive experience, however, it is not without its difficulties. Your university career can be described as a roller coaster, with many ups and downs whilst you are studying.
Sleep difficulties are commonplace, especially at uni. Taking notice of your sleeping routine or bad habits you may have fallen into overtime is a useful practice that all people should do if they are struggling to sleep. You might even be in the majority of people who are struggling with sleep even more since lockdown because of the relentlessness of isolation. Poor sleep can have a large impact on our wellbeing, as it can impact concentration, mood, motivation and memory. There are small changes you can make to your sleep routine that may help you to sleep better. This page will provide several different recommendations and tips that you could try to improve your sleep.
STOPP. This activity can assist you in challenging any negative thoughts you have and help refocus your attention to the task at hand. Thoughts such as “I fail at everything I hand in” or “no one likes me”. Having thoughts of this nature can be common and it can affect different areas of your life such as sleep, confidence or academic performance. This activity asks you to challenge your thoughts, and STOPP them before they spiral.
Support networks can be vital in enabling good wellbeing. For those who may be estranged from family members, introverted, or have difficulty making friends, social connection is still important. Support networks can consist of family, friends, academic support, support from services or helplines. This activity will help you highlight who you can lean on when you are struggling or who to ask for help when it’s needed.
A worry tree is a tool that can help sort thoughts, by turning worries into something more manageable.
Worry writing. This activity can help you to control any rushing thoughts, worries or constant planning that might often run through your head. It is common at uni to ‘over-think’ or struggle with staying focused. Having lots of thoughts in your head is something a lot of people can struggle with, and it can affect different areas of your lives such as sleep or academic performance.