This week at LJMU we are focusing on looking after each others wellbeing! From putting a music day on at Byrom Street campus so students can relax, to some workshops led by fabulous organisations like the Comedy Trust. Make sure you take some time this week to stop and think about the ways in which you can look after your own wellbeing, especially in the run up to deadlines and exams.
So in the interest of wellbeing, your Student Opps Team will be out on campus all week asking you what you are doing to look after your wellbeing, and taking Self-care Selfies! Here are our Self-care Selfies and a bit about what we are doing to look after ourselves.
Kimberley – Student Opps Co-ordinator
Focusing on myself and what makes me happy is something that really boosts my wellbeing. I think people tend to compare their lives to others on social media and false advertisements, which can make them feel like poo. Looking at things in my own life that I’m grateful for makes me realise how lucky I am, and that best things like great family, friends and health – are all things money can’t buy.
Sharing experiences and making others happy is something I love and am lucky to do while organising events as part of my job being in the Student Opps Team. Our City Social events invite students to go and either watch a film, see a show, go to the gym or do a city tour for free. You can really see the change of mood when people have enjoyed themselves, especially after watching the Christmas Panto at the Royal Court (you can’t beat a good scouse comedy). It’s always good to have a good natter with someone and the team love to talk – especially me, so if you ever see us around campus or in a City Social, feel free to come have a chat.
Marcy – Student Opps Intern
I usually look after my wellbeing by avoiding taking selfies, however, this one makes me happy because my little cousin made me this hat and told me ‘well done’, when I asked her what I’d done she said ‘existing’ and it was a very validating experience.
I think it can be easy to get bogged down with worrying about how you come across to people, worrying about the way what you do and say is perceived and generally feeling embarrassed for yourself (I can be dead embarrassing – just ask the team) but then I remind myself that I’m just trying to have a ball and it’s easier to just laugh at yourself and your cringe moments. One of the best things anyone can do for themselves is to reach out to the people that they care about, so my best advice is to remember that we’re all human and lean on those around you whenever you can – your mates are always more up for being there for you than you’d think. Also, get your cousins to make you unnecessary accessories, it really does help.
Lewis – Student Opps Intern
It’s important to know that there are a number of ways that people look after their mental health. For me, they range from catching up with my mates watching the football to exercising in the gym or trying to do some half decent form of yoga. With the latter, sometimes self-care is some time away from whatever has been on your mind and spending some time on your own. If you know what works for you, and it’s a healthy method of self-care, then go for it.
Allie Davies – Student Opps Officer
And our Student Opps Officer Allie has made a video telling you what she does to maintain her wellbeing!
Make sure you find us on campus this week and take a self-care selfie!
For more information on Wellbeing Week and where the team will be, click here or check out our social media pages @LJMUStudentOpps .