Wellbeing Webinars

Wellbeing Webinars take place on Class Collaborate every Wednesday during term time (12-1pm) and some Mondays (4-5pm).

The sessions have been designed for you to share your ideas anonymously via the keyboard, if you wish. You can choose to enter only your initials when you join the webinar and this will be all that is visible to other participants. 

Sign-up for Wellbeing Webinars opens a week in advance of each session and you can book a place via the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub.

The webinars will not be recorded and participants do not connect with their own video or audio during the sessions.

Please see below for the Term 2 2023/24 programme.

Self-compassion

Wednesday 17 January 12-1pm       Book a place

Monday 4 March 4-5pm     Book a place

Did you know that self-compassion is a skill which can be learned and practiced? We'll be exploring the benefits of motivating yourself using self-compassion rather than self-criticism. We'll be sharing practical tips and exercises designed to help you to find ways to support and encourage yourself from a place of kindness and understanding.

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion (CCI)

Compassion self help

The Power of Vulnerability TED talk

Perfect or Good Enough?

Wednesday 24 January 12-1pm       Book a place 

Wednesday 28 February 12-1pm       Book a place   

Perfectionism can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This webinar 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.

Perfectionism (CCI)

How to overcome perfectionism

15 ways to build a growth mindset

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

Small Changes for Success 

Monday 29 January 4-5pm            Book a place 

In this webinar, we explore how making small changes can improve our motivation and help us to work more successfully towards our wellbeing and academic goals. We will consider how making small adjustments to our mindset, environment, routines and systems can help us to put desired change into action.  

James Clear atomic habits video clip 

Free habits app 

Five ways to wellbeing 

Atomic Habits: James Clear (2018) Random House Business: ISBN 978-1473537804. 

Find your Voice         

Wednesday 31 January 12-1pm      Book a place     

Is a lack of assertiveness preventing you from getting the most out of your university experience? This webinar introduces you to a number of techniques designed to help you to express your thoughts and feelings to others such as tutors, friends, peers and family in a clear and direct way that respects others and generally improves relationships. 

Assertiveness (CCI) 

TED talk – Body language 

Assert Yourself: Lindenfield (2001) Harper Collins: ISBN 978-0007557974 

ABC of Managing Anxiety       

Wednesday 7 February 12-1pm      Book a place

Monday 26 February 4-5pm      Book a place

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 mind rather than in reality. This webinar aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it. 

Anxiety (CCI)

Anxiety self-help guide

Anxiety UK

ACT Companion app

Healthy Minds app

Tackling Procrastination        

Wednesday 14 February 12-1pm           Book a place

Wednesday 13 March 12-1pm        Book a place

Do you struggle to get started with important study tasks? Is your leisure time spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This webinar 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. 

Procrastination cycle

Procrastination (CCI) 

Does the Pomodoro technique work for your productivity? 

Academic skills support 

The Mind-Body Connection

Wednesday 21 February 12-1pm           Book a place

This webinar explores the complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies. We'll look at some of the ways our mental wellbeing can be supported through making small, achievable changes in the areas of nutrition, sleep and movement. Student life is busy and challenging at times, and this webinar provides an informed space to reflect about what your body needs to support your mental wellbeing during your time at university.

How sleep works

Food and mood

Movement and mental wellbeing

Managing Anxiety with Compassion

Wednesday 6 March 12-1pm           Book a place

In this webinar, we identify three different emotion regulation systems in the brain: the threat system, the drive system, and the soothing system. If we constantly feel anxious it may be that our three systems are out of balance, which can make it difficult to feel safe and relax. During the session, we will explore compassionate ways to further develop our soothing system, promoting a greater sense of calmness and safety.

Developing a compassionate mind video clip

How self-compassion can help with anxiety

The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focussed Therapy): Paul Gilbert (2010) Constable: ISBN 978-1849010986 

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety: Dennis Tirch (2012) Robinson: ISBN 978-1849015134

Dealing with Imposter Feelings

Wednesday 20 March 12-1pm          Book a place

Feeling like an imposter is a common experience in university settings – this may involve feeling like you don't belong and fearing that it is only a matter of time before you’ll be found out. Persistent imposter feelings can be difficult to manage and hinder progress and wellbeing. In this webinar we’ll develop our understanding of the imposter mindset and explore some useful frameworks we can use to build a toolkit to manage and overcome imposter feelings.

3 tips for managing imposter syndrome 

Imposter syndrome resources

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? TED Talk