Groups and workshops

There are a number of different workshops available for you. Currently, many of these are online. Find the group or workshop for you.

Wellbeing Webinars

Weekly Wellbeing Webinars take place during term time on Wednesdays between 12-1pm on topics relevant to student life. The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard if you wish. The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.  You can sign up for a webinar one week in advance using the online form link provided for each webinar in the programme timetable. Sign-up closes at 9am the day before each webinar.

Descriptions, dates and useful resources for each Wellbeing Webinar can be found below.

Self-care & wellbeing for student life

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Wednesday 11 November 2020

This webinar is designed to acknowledge the challenge of balancing the different aspects of student life and managing your wellbeing in the context of the global Coronavirus pandemic. There will be an opportunity to identify your personal signs of stress and learn about strategies to effectively implement self-care and self-compassion to support you to take an active role in managing your wellbeing at this challenging time.

www.who.int/publications-detail/9789240003927

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide is a stress management guide for coping with adversity produced by the World Health Organisation.

www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing

Emotional Resilience: Barry (2018) Orion Spring: ISBN 978-1409174578

 

ABC of Managing Anxiety (especially in times of uncertanty)

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to being in danger. It works so well, that it often kicks in when it’s not needed – when the danger is in our heads rather than in reality. This workshop aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv6HkipQcfA&t=2s

A clip explaining how the human mind has evolved to try and keep us safe.

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Anxiety

www.mcgill.ca/counselling/files/counselling/anxiety_moodjuice_self_help_guide.pdf

www.anxietyuk.org.uk

www.actcompanion.com

www.headspace.com

Perfect or Good Enough?

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Perfectionism can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This workshop explores alternatives to perfectionist thinking and considers how developing a ‘good enough’ perspective can help you work in a healthier and more effective way towards your goals.

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Perfectionism

www.anxietycanada.com/sites/default/files/Perfectionism.pdf

www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/click-here-happiness/201904/15-ways-build-growth-mindset

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism:   Anthony and Swinson (2009) New Harbinger: ISBN 978-1572245594 

Tackling Procrastination

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Do you struggle to get started with important study tasks? Is your leisure time spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop explores why and how we procrastinate, including the use of social media. There will be an opportunity to identify personalised strategies to challenge procrastination in yourself and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way.

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Procrastination

www.waitbutwhy.com

www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0k0TQfZGSc

A clip giving tips about putting the Pomodoro technique into action including links to useful apps.

www.library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills

The Chimp Paradox: Peters (2012) Ebury Publishing: ISBN 978-0091935580 

Self-Compassion

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Wednesday 18 November 2020

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this is the workshop for you. This workshop explores the elements of self-compassion and shares practical exercises and resources designed to help you develop a more supportive and encouraging relationship with yourself and increase your emotional resilience. 

www.self-compassion.org

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Self-Compassion

www.getselfhelp.co.uk/compassion.htm

www.youtube.com/watch?v=11U0h0DPu7k

A clip with Kristin Neff explaining the three elements of self-compassion.

www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

Who can attend the Wellbeing Webinars?

Although the workshops are run through the Counselling and Wellbeing Service you do not have to be using this service or be receiving one to one support to attend. 

HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO A WELLBEING WEBINAR?

You can sign-up seven days before each Wellbeing Webinar using the link provided on the Programme Timetable below. You will receive Blackboard Collaborate joining information for the session by email the day before the webinar.  Sign-up closes at 9am the day before each webinar.

 

Wellbeing Webinar Date & Time Sign-up 7 days in advance
Self-care & Wellbeing for Student life Wednesday 7 October 12-1pm Book here
Self-Compassion Wednesday 14 October 12-1pm Book here
ABC of Managing Anxiety Wednesday 21 October 12-1pm Book here
Perfect or Good Enough? Wednesday 28 October 12-1pm Book here
Tackling Procrastination Wednesday 4 November 12-1pm Book here
Self-care &Wellbeing for Student Life Wednesday 11 November 12-1pm Book here
Self-Compassion Wednesday 18 November 12-1pm Book here
ABC of Managing Anxiety Wednesday 25 November 12-1pm Book here
Perfect or Good Enough? Wednesday 2 December 12-1pm Book here
Tackling Procrastination Wednesday 9 December 12-1pm Book here

 

DR WHO - webinars FOR POST GRADUATE RESEARCHERS

PGR Webinars take place monthly on Mondays 12-1pm. The webinars take place on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard if you wish. The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.  You can sign up for a webinar one week in advance using the online form link provided for each webinar in the programme timetable.  Sign-up closes at 9am the Friday before each webinar.

Descriptions, dates and useful resources for each Wellbeing Webinar can be found below. 

SELF-COMPASSION FOR PGR’S

Monday 26 October 2020

Constantly giving yourself a hard time, and comparing yourself and your progress to others – does this sound familiar? This workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build much needed emotional resilience as you proceed through the PHD process. 

www.self-compassion.org

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Self-Compassion

www.getselfhelp.co.uk/compassion.htm

www.youtube.com/watch?v=11U0h0DPu7k

A clip with Kristin Neff explaining the three elements of self-compassion.

www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

TACKLING PROCRASTINATION

Monday 23 November 2020

Do you struggle to get started with important research tasks? Is it difficult to allow yourself leisure time or is it spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop will help you understand the nature and purpose of procrastination and identify strategies to challenge procrastination, leading to a more balanced and productive way of working. 

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Procrastination

www.waitbutwhy.com

www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0k0TQfZGSc

A clip giving tips about putting the Pomodoro technique into action including links to useful apps.

www.library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills

Who can attend the Wellbeing Webinars?

Although the workshops are run through the Counselling and Wellbeing Service you do not have to be using this service or be receiving one to one support to attend. 

HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO A WELLBEING WEBINAR?


You can sign-up seven days before each Wellbeing Webinar using the link provided on the Programme Timetable below. You will receive Blackboard Collaborate joining information for the session by email the Friday before the webinar.  Sign-up closes at 9am the Friday before each webinar.  

PGR Wellbeing Webinar Date & Time Sign-up 7 days in advance
Self-compassion Monday 26 October 12-1pm Book here
Tackling Procrastination Monday 23 November 12-1pm Book here

 

WEEKLY GROUPS

MEDITATION - THURSDAY 12-1.30PM

The meditation group offers participants experience of a large variety of relaxations, meditations and practices preparatory to meditation so, once you have been to a few sessions, you will have learnt which ones you can make best use of.

Meditation group flyer

Find out more information about the Meditation group 

The Meditation Group runs every Thursday 12-1.30pm ONLINE (or in Room 6 of LUU when we can return to campus) including outside of term time. 

Please complete the sign up form:  – You only need do this once for the year and then James will send you a Zoom meeting link each week for each group and/or an email each week letting you know what is happening in each group  

For any further information email:  J.R.E.Taylor@Leeds.ac.uk

 

Mindful Relaxation Group

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu

Deep Relaxation and Mindfulness practices are an effective way to bring peace to your body and mind. Deep Relaxation is key to both growth and healing. It helps to disperse the adrenalin and cortisol that the body produces in stress situations; while Mindfulness enables us to better observe ourselves so we can become responsive rather than reactive beings. Regular practice can help you to combat stress & improve your health & concentration. The group is free & supported with free online resources!

You cannot meditate unless you can concentrate and you cannot do either, until you can first relax - and sometimes that’s all we can manage! In these unfamiliar times, in which Covid19 has had such a diverse but thoroughgoing impact upon us, we can all benefit from a little more care. The fears and the uncertainties have brought suffering which is best met by kindness and a willingness to help ourselves and others. When we do this, we are practicing compassion and the purpose of this group is to offer you a peaceful hour in your week in which you can relax, calm and centre yourselves. We cannot make peace around us until we have first made peace within us by practicing peacefulness.

In this group you will be offered a variety of Deep Relaxation, Mindfulness and compassion focused practices many of which are supported by a library of free MP3s  which mean you can just settle in to the experience of the practices without having to try to remember them! You can just come and be. Be warm, be still, be welcome, & be present in the gift of each moment.

Every Friday On Zoom 2-3 pm 

For more information about our Online services and Zoom: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/onlinecounselling

Please complete the Sign up form: 

For more information: 
email the facilitator James Taylor at:  J.R.E.Taylor@Leeds.ac.uk

Mindful Relaxation group flyer 

or scroll to ‘Mindful Relaxation Group’ at

http://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001/counselling_and_wellbeing/691/groups_and_workshops

 

NEW!  MINDFULNESS RESILIENCE COURSE (4 WEEKS)

Thank you for your interest in the Mindfulness Resilience Course, we have had a great deal of interest in the course and the course and waiting list are now full. We will however be offering another course in January and May 2021, so please keep an eye on our webpages for further information in December and April: 

Do you want to learn techniques for taking control of your busy mind, managing overthinking, increasing your motivation and concentration and generally reducing feelings of stress and anxiety?

Do you enjoy learning in a fun, informal and creative way?

Previous research has indicated that Mindfulness Resilience Courses lead to significant increases in general wellbeing and emotional health (Flaxman & Bond, 2006). 71% of students who previously attended this course reported an improvement in wellbeing and 70% of students reported a reduction in perceived stress. All students said they would recommend this course to others.

Who can attend the Mindfulness Resilience Course?

Although the course is run through the Counselling and Wellbeing Service you do not have to be using this service or be receiving one to one support to attend.

Meanwhile applicants may find the following resources helpful: 

www.mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk

www.palousemindfulness.com

A free 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.

www.students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100002/big_white_wall_resources_and_self_help/895/meditation_and_relaxation_downloads

www.headspace.com

Books:

Mindfulness - a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world: Williams and Penman (2011) Piatkus: ISBN 978-0749953089

Full Catastrophe Living: Kabat-Zinn (2013) Piatkus: ISBN 978-0749958411

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks: Chaskalson (2014) Harper Thorsons: ISBN 978-0007591435

Hardwiring Happiness: Hanson (2014) Rider: ISBN 978-1846043574