We run presentation workshops on a variety of topics. These are being held online for 2023-24 and are open to all students. You can book a place on a workshop on MyEd. MyEd Events booking (Once you've booked it's important that you join the workshop using your university Teams account to avoid technical issues) Our wellbeing workshops are delivered online via Microsoft Teams to groups of up to 30 students. They are very short introductions to topics, and will not resolve the issues but will help you find ways to start dealing with them. They last for one hour and 15 minutes and contain input from the facilitator as well as small group discussions and individual exercises for reflection and practice. There will be a resource pack made available after each session. Privacy Notice for workshops. Workshop - Presentations 2023-24 (Semester 2) Date Time Presentation Tuesday 23 January 15:30 Weathering the Winter Blues: An Introduction to SAD Syndrome Thursday 25 January 15:30 Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: An Introduction to Anxiety Management Wednesday 31 January 15:30 I'll Start Tomorrow... Defeating Procrastination Thursday 1 February 15:30 When the Problem is Bigger Than Me Friday 2 February 11:30 Finding your Feet: An Introduction to Overcoming Social Anxiety in Social and Academic Settings Tuesday 6 February 15:30 Managing Stress Wednesday 7 February 15:30 Nobody's Perfect: When Your Best Is Good Enough Wednesday 14 February 15:30 Up-Write Yourself: An Expressive Writing Workshop Thursday 15 February 15:30 Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud? Friday 16 February 11:30 Spot the Thought: Challenging Our Unhelpful Thinking Tuesday 20 February 15:30 I'll Start Tomorrow... Defeating Procrastination Thursday 22 February 15:30 Don’t Lose Sleep Over It: How to Improve Your Sleep Wednesday 28 February 15:30 Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: An Introduction to Anxiety Management Thursday 29 February 15:30 Enhance Your Focus: Clear Distractions and Train Your Attention to Improve Learning and Wellbeing Friday 1 March 11:30 Moving Forward: Loss, Bereavement and Managing Change Tuesday 5 March 15:30 Nobody's Perfect: When Your Best Is Good Enough Wednesday 6 March 15:30 The Feel-Good Factor: Managing Mood Wednesday 13 March 15:30 Finding your Feet: An Introduction to Overcoming Social Anxiety in Social and Academic Settings Thursday 14 March 15:30 Up-Write Yourself: An Expressive Writing Workshop Tuesday 19 March 15:30 Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud? Wednesday 20 March 15:30 Spot the Thought: Challenging Our Unhelpful Thinking Wednesday 27 March 15:30 When the Problem is Bigger Than Me Thursday 28 March 11:30 Enhance Your Focus: Clear Distractions and Train Your Attention to Improve Learning and Wellbeing Friday 29 March 11:30 Exam Success Tuesday 2 April 15:30 I'll Start Tomorrow... Defeating Procrastination Thursday 4 April 15:30 The Feel-Good Factor: Managing Mood Wednesday 24 April 15:30 Exam Success Thursday 25 April 15:30 Managing Stress Tuesday 30 April 15:30 Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: An Introduction to Anxiety Management Wednesday 1 May 15:30 Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud? Topic Description Don’t Lose Sleep Over It: How to Improve Your Sleep It is very common for our sleep to be disrupted, particularly around stressful life events. Sometimes this temporary glitch can become longer term. This session looks at what happens when we sleep and the causes of poor sleep. It provides a chance to explore ways to support your body and mind to get a good night’s rest. Enhance Your Focus: Clear Distractions and Train your Attention to Improve Learning and WellBeing Struggling with focus is a common experience, particularly in the face of modern distractions. It impacts our ability to function, learn and feel OK. The good news is that we can train ourselves to reclaim our attention and make it work for us. This workshop offers an introduction to attention and what gets in our way, along with strategies and exercises to help us maintain our focus, so we can work towards our goals and support our wellbeing. Please note this is a general workshop aimed at everyone, rather than specific to those with a diagnosis of ADHD. Exam Success This presentation identifies the specific factors that contribute to exam-related stress and panic and enables us to manage revision and exams more calmly and effectively. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: An Introduction to Anxiety Management Helps you to recognise your own anxiety response; learn more about why it’s triggered and find ways to get control over your anxiety. Finding Your Feet: An Introduction to Overcoming Social Anxiety in Social and Academic Settings This is a workshop for students who feel particularly anxious when socialising, or when presenting or speaking in seminars and groups. We'll look at the factors that contribute to social anxiety, keeping it going, and consider ways to make changes in order to feel more comfortable in social situations. I'll Start Tomorrow... Defeating Procrastination Offers us a framework to understand ‘stuckness’ in relation to work and offers empowerment to get going again. Time-management strategies are offered as well as ways to limit procrastination, allowing us to optimise productivity and feel good about ourselves Ideal for anyone who finds themselves saying, 'I'll start that tomorrow...' Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud? Feeling inadequate, undeserving and like a fraud is common amongst university students. This programme is an introduction to Imposter Syndrome. We will look at what it is, its causes and contributors, and learn how to apply realistic skills to help combat feeling this way, resulting in lowered stress and increased productivity Managing Stress Offers an explanation of the physiological effects of stress and highlights ways in which we can manage our minds and bodies to maintain a more relaxed state. Ideal for anyone who gets stressed - probably all of us! Moving Forward: Loss, Bereavement and Managing Change This session introduces the notion of loss and explores some of the common ways people experience loss such as experiencing a bereavement or a divorce/separation or relationship break up etc. The session touches on some of the positive and negative ways we may react to such life changes and introduces suggestions to help manage those changes Nobody's Perfect: When Your Best is Good Enough An introduction to perfectionism - where it comes from; how it is maintained and what its consequences are. Strategies are offered and ideas are generated together to achieve high standards while being kinder and more forgiving of ourselves. Spot the Thought: Challenging Our Unhelpful Thinking How we think impacts our mood and anxiety levels. ‘What if…’ thoughts can get us stuck in worry, or ‘mindreading’ leaves us imagining the worst in what others are thinking. We often interpret our thoughts as facts, and so how we think about ourselves, others or events can greatly escalate or de-escalate how anxious we feel and how happy we are. This workshop uses tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is an introduction on how our thoughts effect how we feel, and how to identify, challenge & change the kind of thinking that is unhelpful to us. The Feel-Good Factor: Managing Mood Offers insight into how to recognise how you are performing (from a psychological perspective); explores ways to manage mood and adopt practices that help keep emotional balance. Ideal for anyone who wants to have better control over their emotions. Up-Write Yourself: An Expressive Writing Workshop A workshop to explore what expressive/reflective writing is and how it can enhance our well-being. It can be learned as a versatile skill to increase self awareness, make sense of difficult life events, process feelings, and offers a valuable form of self help and self care. There will be an opportunity to engage in a brief writing exercise in the session to experience the benefit of it. Weathering the Winter Blues: An Introduction to SAD Syndrome In this introductory session, we will be exploring the impact of dark winter days on our emotional wellbeing. You will be gaining insights into SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as learning about the general coping techniques recommended to help avoid a mood-dip in winter. When The Problem Is Bigger Than Me For all of us, the context we live in affects our mental health. Sometimes our individual struggles are related to something much bigger – a pandemic, a cost of living crisis, power imbalances in society, global instability, climate uncertainty. These can be overwhelming and hard to see a way to cope. How can we look after our mental health in this context? This workshop is a chance to look at these questions together and for you to generate your personal ideas about ways forward.