Student and Staff Wellbeing

Wellbeing Workshops

Wellbeing Workshops

The Student Health and Wellbeing Service provide a wide range of workshops for students, each one running at different points in the year. Please check the centralised workshop booking system for workshops that are currently runnning and their availability:

Presentations and Anxiety - a user's guide

In partnership with the Writing Development Centre (WDC), Student Health And Wellbeing Services present a discussion-based workshop about how to manage anxiety during presentations. The format will be similar to a podcast, the facilitators will share their knowledge of the subject and respond to questions during the session. If you've got any questions about managing anxiety for presentations you can send an email to: wdc@newcastle.co.uk or just ask on the day!

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

Understanding how to attend to stress and anxiety – a compassionate approach

The first part of this workshop has been designed to provide you with an understanding of what anxiety and stress are and how they naturally impact your ability to function; work and cope. We will then connect this knowledge with tools and techniques to help you decrease the debilitating symptoms of stress and anxiety and help increase your capacity to manage the demands of daily life.

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

Self-Compassion

How often are we kind and caring towards others and yet do not give the same compassion to ourselves? Our inner critic wreaks havoc, making us feel dreadful by labelling us as ‘not good enough; lazy; failures; we must work harder’… the list will go on…. This workshop has been designed to help you learn about and practice self-compassion. This is not airy-fairy. It is grounded in research that shows how being nicer to ourselves reduces stress and anxiety; it helps us to function better and improves our relationships – with ourselves and others. When we learn how to get motivated from a place of kindness (rather than being bullied by our inner critic), life begins to feel more comfortable and we can achieve far more.

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk 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 (part 1)

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.

Building Confidence (part 2) (PDF:178KB)

To book onto this workshop please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk 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 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 to 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 informative webinar, where our aim is that you leave feeling more empowered to communicate well and get far more of your needs met - in all your relationships.

The workshop is a blend of teaching with space for questions and discussions.

Assertion workshop slides (PDF:457KB)

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

Overcoming 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.

Overcoming Procrastination slides (PDF:1,627KB)

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

Mind Management Skills Workshops for Postgraduate Students

The Psychological Therapies Training and Research Clinic is running a four-part workshop to support post graduate students with the mental and emotional demands of postgraduate study. If you are bothered by worry, uncertainty, or self-critical thoughts, or are managing setbacks in your studies, you are not alone. These workshops have been designed for you to help develop and practice skills to manage the emotional challenges common in postgraduate life. We would love to see you join us at a workshop!

The sessions involve four weekly 90 minute sessions and introduce evidence based strategies, which are based on cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, to support you in managing your stressors more effectively. The workshops are a great space to speak to other post-graduate students, learn skills and techniques that may relieve some of your anxieties and introduce new ways of approaching your problems.

For further information including current dates, and to book yourself a place, please visit workshops.ncl.ac.uk or if you have any questions and would like to know more information before signing up to these workshops please contact laura.stevenson@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Please note: 

For security reasons we do not provide Zoom links for most of the Wellbeing workshops. Please use the following instructions to access Wellbeing workshops:

  1. Make sure you are logged in to your University Zoom account
  2. Enter the Zoom meeting ID and passcode which can be found in the workshop description on the NCL booking site
  3. You will then enter a waiting room from where you will be admitted by the host.

Any questions about this process, please email wellbeingworkshops@ncl.ac.uk