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Taking care of your wellbeing

Taking care of your wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

 Evidence suggests that taking these five steps can help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. Take a look at our resources below to find out more in a way that suits you.

  1. Connect with other people - e.g. talk to someone new or put some time aside to ask how someone really is.

  2. Be physically active - e.g. go for a lunchtime walk or take the stairs not the lift.

  3. Pay attention to the present moment - e.g. practice mindfulness or embrace nature.‌

  4. Learn new skills - e.g. sign up for a course or training webinar.

  5. Give to others - e.g. volunteer your time or donate to a fundraiser for a charity you care about.

Reading can be a great form of self-care, and there are a wide range of books available on various mental health topics. If you are interested in understanding your mental health further, we have compiled a list of books to get you started.

We have developed a selection of audio resources featuring a variety of relaxation techniques - you could try them all and see which feels best for you.

Mobile phone apps are an easy way to keep in touch with your mental health, and are always at your fingertips. We've created a list of our favourite mobile apps, and they are available for free on iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play). 

There are many popular online resources which can help you to learn more about what you are going through and how to manage difficult feelings in the privacy of your own home and at your own pace. We've gathered a list of free, safe resources for you to try.

Our workbooks were developed specifically for students at the University of Exeter. The topics cover common issues which may arise during students' time at University. The techniques described in the booklets are based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. 

Working closely with our internationally recognised clinical and psychological therapies colleagues within CEDAR, Wellbeing Services are excited to provide five approaches to help you manage challenges and limitations arising from COVID-19.

These are very challenging times for the world, with the war in Ukraine happening as we continue to live with a pandemic which has impacted so heavily on all our lives. Of course, for those who have friends or loved ones in Ukraine or that region, it is an acutely difficult time.

We know that conflict and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress. There are those in our community who are looking for help to manage their anxiety levels, so we have compiled some advice and suggestions for support.

See our advice for support to help manage your anxiety at this time.