1 Nov 2018
National Stress Awareness Day: Combat stress with staff activities
This year, as part of National Stress Awareness Day (7 November), the University is putting on a number of activities for staff to help reduce stress and build resilience.
The Staff Development team will be holding drop-in sessions that will incorporate aspects of the University’s ‘Building Your Resilience’ programme. In fifteen minute slots, the team will provide some tips on resilience and also advise about upcoming learning events related to wellbeing at work.
These short sessions will take place from 12pm-1pm with Pauline Matturi (Room 1.06, Rutland Building) and 2pm-3pm with Claire Jagger (Room 1.12, Rutland Building). If you would like to attend a session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which slot you would like to attend (e.g. 12.15pm, 2.30pm).
In addition, SDC will also be running two sports sessions at the Holywell Fitness Centre.
From 12pm-1pm, instructor Barry Shine will be teaching ‘Fitness Boxing’. Not only does it improve overall body strength, but boxing has also been proven to decrease stress and anxiety.
At 1pm, Paul Tyson will be running a ‘Fitness Yoga’ class. Known for its mental and physical health benefits, yoga allows you to focus on your breathing and relax your muscles.
The events are free to attend and all staff are welcome.
Employee Assistance Programme
If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, you may find it helpful to use the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
The EAP is an initiative that is part of the University’s commitment to provide support for staff wellbeing, and includes counselling services. The service can be accessed 24/7 online (using code 'lborowell') or by ringing 0800 111 6387. More information can be found here.
The EAP website includes a number of support articles and videos which focus on stress in the workplace, such as tips for managing your workload, as well as coping with stress and mental health at work.
More information about coping with stress can also be found on the following websites: