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Settling in

Settling in

Page written and resources collated by Jozef Sen, Lead Wellbeing Practitioner

University life is all about learning – academically, personally, and socially. This journey of learning is likely to be very different from what you experienced at school or whilst living at home with your parents or guardians. You may hear people talk about the need for you to engage with ‘active’ or ‘self-directed’ learning or activities. This simply means that you will be in control of your own spectrum of learning much more than before. In university the expectation is that you are now an independent adult. That means that you are responsible for your own behaviour.

Whilst, to begin with, this can seem strange and even daunting – in time most students realise that learning and living in this way can be more personally fulfilling and enjoyable. University can be a great place to experience, to experiment, and to find out who you are!

That doesn’t mean you should expect to be able to learn like this right away. You need to give yourself time to learn how to learn as an independent adult. Be patient, use the tips in this video and the resources at university and chances are everything will come together as you’d hoped.

Videos

Adapting to Uni Life

Advice on how to settle in to university and give yourself time to find friends and activities you enjoy.

 

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Wellbeing Group Sessions

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Mindfulness and Wellbeing

An introduction to mindfulness skills

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Accepting Me - Developing Self Compassion

Practice treating yourself with compassion and kindness. 

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Togetherall - Online courses

Togetherall is an online mental health community with a wealth of resources - available free to all staff and students.   To access resources from Togetherall you need to register for an account here . You will only need to do this once. This will allow you to access many of the tools on our site.
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Balance your thinking

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Managing social anxiety

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Managing Stress and Worry

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Improve your sleep

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Problem solving

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Podcasts and audio resources

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Dr Chatterjee's Feel better live more podcast

I want to empower you to become the architect of your own health. Because when you feel better, you live more. Since its launch in January 2018, my ‘Feel Better, Live More’ podcast has grown rapidly to become the Number 1 health podcast in the UK & Europe.

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Sleep with me podcast

Bedtime stories to help grown ups fall asleep in the deep, dark night.

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Mental Health Foundation - wellbeing podcasts

Free helpful podcasts to help with mindfulness, stress, sleep, anxiety.

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Articles

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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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Get Physical

Exercise is a great energy and mood booster. But it's tempting to find reasons for not exercising, especially when you're anxious or down. Here are some ways to strengthen your willpower.

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Only the lonely

Most of us have occasional feelings of loneliness. But what happens if loneliness refuses to go away? Read more and understand the loneliness trap.

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How to be happy

Make more of your life by following these ten steps for happier living, based on the latest wellbeing research.

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How to build emotional resiliency

Struggling to cope? Find out how to spring back from, and successfully adapt to, life’s setbacks and adversities with these top tips from the American Psychological Association.

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Downloadable resources

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Daily and weekly planning grid

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NTW Self Help guides

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Yoga for wellbeing

Social Sport

Play for fun – whatever your experience

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Self-assessments

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