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Motivation

Motivation

Page written and resources collated by Anna Jarvis, Early Interventions and Wellbeing Promotion Lead

 Motivation is something many of us can struggle with at the best of times. We recognise that this may be exacerbated during difficult times, whether that be motivation to revise, exercise or complete wellbeing activities.

Please note that whilst we hope that all of the resources below are useful, the Student Wellbeing Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

Group Sessions

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Motivation and Me

Exploring motivation and looking at some practical steps to improve it.

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Accepting Me - Developing Self Compassion

Practice treating yourself with compassion and kindness. 

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Building Resilience and Managing Stress

How to cope when it feels tough

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Self assessments

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Wellbeing

This test looks at your general wellbeing. Please be aware that this is a standard validated test giving a measure of wellbeing.

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Self esteem

Self-esteem is how we evaluate ourselves; positively or negatively. Sometimes we judge ourselves. This test may help you understand your own levels of self-esteem better.

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Sleeping

Many of us have poor sleep at times and we can sometimes suffer from more troubling lack of sleep. This test can indicate whether stress or anxiety may impacting your sleep.

Is stress / anxiety affecting your sleep?

Togetherall online courses

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Stop Procrastinating

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Improve your sleep

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Balance your thinking

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Podcasts and audio resources

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Happy Place Podcast

Fearne's HAPPY PLACE podcast, now in its ninth series with over 40 million downloads, builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day.

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How to fail podcast

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

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NHS audio guides

A series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood, manage anxiety, sleep better and challenge unhelpful thinking styles.

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Articles

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Goal Setting

Having something to aim for gives us a sense of purpose and helps us feel more in control of our lives. But it's easy to feel overwhelmed and give up if you set your goals too high. Here are some ways to get moving and stay motivated.

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Get through the tough stuff

Resilience is our ability to cope with life’s challenges and bounce back when things go wrong. Some of us are naturally more resilient than others, but the good news is that resilience is something we can all learn.

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Know your worth

Low self-esteem can impact on every aspect of our lives – from our relationships to how we do our jobs. Understanding the thoughts and behaviours that perpetuate your sense of worthlessness is the first step towards believing in yourself again.

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Downloadable Resources

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What to do when you have no motivation

The Mental Health Foundation give their tips on how to manage low motivation.

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Looking after yourself - procrastination

The Centre for Clinical Interventions give their view on procrastination and provide some resources to manage it effectively to boost motivation.

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The psychology of Procrastination

Very well Mind gives an overview of procrastination - what is it, what causes it and what it can be linked to.

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Get active for Better Health

Tips and tools from the NHS to help you move more every day. 

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Keeping active at home with Hallam Active

Online workouts, hints, tips and videos.

Ways to keep active at home

Reading for Wellbeing

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Get the self esteem habit

How you can choose to have confidence and succeed in life - available at Adsetts Library.

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Motivation ability and confidence building in people

Available online.

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