Recent evidence suggests that there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing and providing we enter these steps with an open mind, positive results should pursue. So why not review the five steps and see what the University offers to facilitate each step.
Spend time developing relationships with those around you whether they are family, friends, colleagues or neighbours.
Eat and Drink around Cambridge – http://www.unicen.cam.ac.uk/food-and-drink
Being active doesn’t necessarily have to involve going to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
In support of encouraging staff to increase their physical activity the School of Clinical Medicine has purchased free membership garden to the Botanic Gardens. The passes can be used by Clinical School staff throughout the week (Monday-Sunday) and can be signed out on loan from the Clinical School building reception desk on a temporary basis. Queries about the passes should be directed to email@example.com in the first instance.
Here on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus we are particularly fortunate as we have direct access to Great Kneighton Country Park. Spanning approximately 120 acres the park includes woodland, ponds, a bird reserve and a range of play areas. The Great Kneighton Country Park is located just over the train line close to the MRC LMB building. Weekly lunchtime walks that start from the Addenbrookes Concourse at 12:30pm and 13:30pm every Tuesday often walk through the country park so why not join one of the walks (just turn up).
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
Why not visit one or all of the seven University Museums or enquire at PPD as to the practical and relevant development opportunities on offer? (http://www.ppd.admin.cam.ac.uk)
Alternatively why not consider taking part in a course ran by the Institute of Continuing Education? http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/
Give to Others
Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering and giving charitable donations, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. So why not consider Payroll Giving? Payroll Giving is a simple, tax-efficient way for employees to make monthly donations to any national or local charity or registered good cause directly from their gross pay. Because the donation is taken from employees’ pay before tax is deducted, they receive tax relief on their donation immediately and at their highest rate of tax.
Further information can be found here
Alternatively why not consider volunteering either within the University http://www.cam.ac.uk/public-engagement/voluntary-sector or with the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust
It’s key that as individuals, we become more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
The University offers employees a wide range of competitive benefits (including discretionary benefits) from health care cash plans to child care, bicycle and car hire schemes to shopping and insurance discounts. There really is something for everyone. Please click on the link below to view the full range of benefits currently available. http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk//pay-benefits/cambens-employee-benefits