Student and Staff Wellbeing

Wellbeing Workshops

Wellbeing Workshops

Understanding anxiety – an empowering deep dive

“My heart is pounding... I can’t concentrate... Why do I feel so keyed up, scared and anxious? Why do I feel so disconnected and shut-down? 

This workshop will provide you with a deep dive into understanding what is happening both mentally and physically when you begin to experience some of the debilitating effects of anxiety. This is incredibly normalising and will help empower you with personal knowledge to find ways to better manage and cope. Follow this workshop with ‘How to attend to stress and anxiety – practical approaches’, to support you on your journey towards feeling like a much better version of you.

Workshops comprise 1 hour of interactive group learning (if you wish to contribute) with a ½ hour opportunity for questions and reflective discussions. 

How to attend to stress and anxiety – practical approaches

This workshop has been designed to help equip you with knowledge, fabulous tools and techniques for decreasing the debilitating symptoms of stress and anxiety. Harnessing these skills will help increase your capacity to cope with the demands of daily life.

It’s highly recommended that you attend ‘Understanding anxiety – an empowering deep dive’ prior to joining this workshop, though not essential.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshop@ncl.ac.uk.

Building Confidence in Social Situations (part 1)

Would you like to overcome shyness and gain confidence in interpersonal interactions? Do you worry about meeting new people? Does anxiety interfere with socialising? Try this workshop to develop tips for feeling good about yourself. We will explore self-acceptance and change your critical self-talk.

Building Confidence in Social Situations (part 2)

Would you like to overcome shyness and gain confidence in interpersonal interactions? Do you worry about meeting new people? Does anxiety interfere with socialising? Try this workshop to learn tools to manage these issues and develop a plan to move forward at your own pace through a gradual exposure stepped approach. Build up resilience to cope with criticism, rejections, feelings of awkwardness and set-backs. Attendance at Building Confidence in Social Situations (Part 1) is advised ahead of this workshop.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

How to Sleep 

Good enough sleep, not too much and not too little, is a cornerstone of our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, a healthy amount of sleep is not always easy to achieve. This workshop will tell you all you need to know about:

  • why sleep matters,
  • the barriers to healthy sleep, and , most importantly,
  • what you can do to improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep workshop slides (PDF:336KB)

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Assertion – how to communicate well and improve relationships

Do you find it hard to say “no” to others or stick up for yourself? Do you find yourself getting angry or festering silently rather than being able to clearly say how you think and feel? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of above, then come along for this stimulating workshop, where our aim is that you leave feeling empowered to communicate well. This can help reduce stress and anxiety; improve relationships and enable you to get far more of your needs met.

Workshops comprise 1 hour of interactive group learning (if you wish to contribute) with a ½ hour opportunity for questions and reflective discussions.

Assertion workshop slides (PDF:457KB)

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

1:1 consultations are also avilable on this topic. Please scroll down for further information including how to book.

Introduction to Mindfulness

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to mindfulness and how this approach can enhance your wellbeing. The benefits of mindfulness are explored in a way that can help you identify and incorporate this approach into your life to make a meaningful difference.  The focus is on connecting with your mind and learning how awareness gives space to being in the “here and now”. This will include some practical grounding exercises, and links to further resources.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Procrastination

Most of us are familiar with the struggle to complete a task as we can find ourselves procrastinating. This workshop aims to develop practical strategies to help you break any procrastination habits you may have. We will not be looking at the underlying reasons why we procrastinate, rather focussing on practical ways to positively change this behaviour.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Resilience

This session is designed to help you understand the factors that contribute to increased symptoms of stress and how these are maintained. This is an opportunity to understand the difference between stress and distress and discuss coping strategies to help build the resilience to cope more effectively.

Resilience workshop slides (PDF:904KB)

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Bereavement and Loss (parts 1 & 2)

Do you feel you would benefit from learning more about grief and the impact it can have, as well as finding ways of managing these feelings? This workshop is psycho-educational and will aim to provide you with information on the grieving process and what you and others can do to support you through this process, as well as insights you may not have considered. The workshop may be particularly helpful to those who have recently encountered bereavement associated with Covid-19 but is not limited to these circumstances. 

This group welcomes a maximum number of participants so please register as soon as you can. Please also be aware that attendance at both parts of this group is recommended. The workshop will be delivered online via Zoom in two, one-hour sessions over two consecutive weeks.

Bereavement workshop (1) slides (PDF:770KB)

Bereavement workshop (2) slides (PDF:363KB)

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Food and Mood:

Raising awareness of how food can effect our feelings and how the way we feel about ourselves can effect our relationship with food.

Are you concerned about your relationship with food?  Have you noticed that you think too much about the food you eat or that you worry about eating too much or too little.   This one - hour workshop will provide you with information on how the food we eat can effect our mood and how our relationship with food can often be negatively influenced by ‘ideal’ body images perpetuated in social media and advertising.  Finding ways of developing Positive Body Consciousness will be explored.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Coping with Change

We will all experience some form of change in our lives. We may change schools or move home, or there may be changes in our family dynamics or friendships. Leaving home and/or school to study at University is a big change and further changes will happen as life progresses. Some people go through very few changes and others will go through many. Some changes may be experienced as enjoyable challenges; others may be distressing or even traumatic.

In addition, we are all now dealing with a great deal of change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learning to cope with change is a skill that can be developed. This informative workshop will explore the emotional processes involved in change and invite you to reflect on your own experience of change. It will also cover strategies for coping with change when it inevitably happens.

This workshop comprises one hour of interactive group learning (if you wish to contribute) and a further half an hour for questions and reflective discussions.  Total time: 1.5 hours

Coping with Change workshop slides

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.

Soda bread making

Would you like to make your own loaf of delicious soda bread? As well as being shown the process for making this simplest of loaves during this online workshop, there will be a chance to ask questions about things you can do to help yourself keep well in these difficult times.

Making bread can give us a chance to practise mindfulness, to have the satisfaction of making something by hand from start to finish and can be a soothing and grounding activity at a time of heightened anxiety. It is also, of course, a way of making you and your friends something nourishing to eat and eating well is an important part of good self-care which is also important for our mental health.

No prior knowledge of baking required. You will need access to an oven (not a microwave) and other equipment, listed on the booking website linked below. The recipe (ingredient list and instructions) are also featured on the booking website.

Slow down. Make bread. Live better.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing or if you have any queries please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk.