Tag Archives: Wellbeing

Take a break – Okeover community garden

With Mental Health Awareness Week just finished, this year’s theme could not have been more relevant. This year, MHAW was all about celebrating ‘Nature is Key’, and what better way to take a break than an afternoon spent in the community garden?

If you need a break from your study and exam stress this year (or, at any time of year!) our garden is the perfect place to chill out. Bring your lunch, bring a book, have a nap… and if you feel like getting your hands dirty, our regular working bees are on every Friday from 1-5pm, throughout summer. Check out the Community Garden Facebook page for updates on working bees, and other events on during the year.

Another good page to follow (if you don’t already) is UC DigSoc – our official gardening club on campus. Check them out on Facebook too, and you’ll never miss a chance to garden (or eat pizza, if that’s more your thing).

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At the end of term we held a pizza party for our valued volunteers. A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – whether you have come once, or come every week, we couldn’t do it without you!

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New social events for Spring GradFest

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Spring GradFest starts next week with a variety of sessions to help you along the thesis journey, as well as new social events where you can meet other postgraduates from UC.

Although your main focus at UC will be on your postgraduate work, something valuable I learned at a previous GradFest is that it is still important to make time to socialise. Thesis study can be an isolating experience, and it’s important to make friends to survive and thrive. Knowing that social time is acceptable keeps you from feeling guilty about it, and you’ll find that learning to manage your schedule is a vital part of the journey.

GradFest has a variety of sessions to help you with your thesis work, covering topics like writing, presentations, and technology. But this time it also has new social events like a Welcome social at the Shilling Club and a BBQ lunch. These are great opportunities to meet fellow postgraduates from other departments, so be sure to make space in your schedule for them.

Check out the website for sessions you might be interested in>

– Kara, international PhD student at UC

Four reasons why you should have a exercise buddy

We all know how good exercise is for our body and mind, but it can be a real challenge to maintain interest and prioritise it, especially as we get busy. It can be daunting, it can be exciting, it can be many things to many people. Whatever you’re feeling about exercise, doing it with a friend, class mate or family member might be the solution to increase your motivation, and here’s why….

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1. It’s more fun exercising with a friend
It’s hard to get bored if you have an exercise buddy, and it will help the time pass quickly too.

2. You can build new friendships
Perhaps you have a friend, hall neighbour or class mate who is showing a vague interest in starting an exercise routine? Commit to a plan together and you’ll have something to talk about as you get to know them during your workout sessions.

3. You’re more likely to stick to your commitment
It’s not a nice feeling being stood up, nor letting someone down by not turning up. So, having an exercise buddy means you’re less likely to bail on the workout with lame excuses.

4. You might learn some new ideas
Variety is one of the keys to sticking to a plan, things get boring after a time. Your exercise buddy might have some interesting ideas to try out that you don’t know about. It’s fun learning something new and maybe less reason to quit.

There are of course plenty more reasons, these are just our top four! For a simple start, try scheduling a walk during your tea breaks or lunch break (or all three!). Make these non-negotiable to ensure you get some healthy movement into your day. Even a 5-10min jaunt will see you refreshed when you get back to study!

If you’re keen on starting at the gym, check out what is on offer by visiting the RecCentre website>

Enjoy these blissful summer days coming our way!