Be happy and healthy: The five steps to wellbeing Having a healthy and balanced lifestyle is the key to success, so making the most of social and extracurricular activities, taking time to relax, and eating and sleeping well are just as important as your studies or work. Using the NHS’s five steps to mental wellbeing, here are some of the ways we support you to get that balance at BU. Connect
Give to others
There are lots of opportunities for students and staff to meet new people at BU – from dedicated staff and student sport activities and skills workshops like Languages@BU, to SUBU campaigns and faculty projects. Speak to your Academic Adviser, Student Rep and line manager if you’re looking for new ways to meet people.
This could be anything from a random act of kindness or volunteering your time to a local charity. SUBU’s Volunteering team can put you in touch with organisations looking for help. Head to www.bournemouth.ac.uk/volunteering to find out more.
Be active Keeping fit in body and mind helps you stay healthy. Going for walks, planning meals and establishing a good sleeping routine will help you stay calm and in control. SportBU has great campus sport and fitness programmes, while University Music and our Hand-Made Craft Workshops offer everyone an alternative way to relax. Find out what activities are coming up by visiting www.bournemouth.ac.uk/well-made.
Keep learning Whatever you came to BU to do, there are lots of ways you can challenge yourself, from IT skills workshops to leadership programmes for both students and staff. Check out the study skills areas of Brightspace, and look on the staff development pages of the Staff Intranet.
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Be mindful Student Wellbeing mindfulness workshops run throughout the year and can help boost your resilience and wellbeing. There are also apps, such as Headspace, which anyone can download to help you practice mindfulness.
Support at BU Student Wellbeing service Provided in partnership with our local NHS Foundation Trust, the team offers free support including drop-in sessions, individual guidance and counselling. You can find them in Talbot House on Talbot Campus and can make an appointment by visiting www.bournemouth.ac.uk/student/wellbeing or by calling 01202 965020. Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) BU staff can access free and confidential legal, financial and wellbeing advice, including telephone or face-to-face counselling. The service can help staff deal with a range of personal or professional problems, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More information can be found on the Staff Intranet or by calling 0800 1116 387.
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