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As part of the UCL Welfare Week, and to tie in with our ‘Get Happy, Get Involved’ campaign, we’ve put together out top tips for maintaining and improving your well-being …

1 Sleep

Sleep is more important than you might think. It gives the brain and body a chance to recharge, repair and ward off illness. Without good quality sleep people can be irritable, perform poorly at work or study, or become depressed more easily.

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We all require different amounts of sleep. Visit sleepcouncil.org.uk to find out the right amount for you, and to discover other tips for a good night’s sleep.

2 Connect

Evidence shows that connecting with others is a fundamental human need and makes a considerable contribution to one’s daily life. It could be as simple as speaking to a stranger at Janice Leea bus stop, taking time to catch up with friends, or joining a new student club or society. Sustaining the relationships you already have, and building new ones, can help build a sense of belonging and self-worth.

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Why not volunteer as a befriender for an older person or mentor a young person? Student volunteers tell us that these sorts of one-to-one volunteer roles help them make a real connection with someone else. Visit our directory to search our opportunities.

3 Be Active

Regular exercise is good for promoting well-being. And it’s not all about doing sport - something as simple as going for a walk or a cycle around the local park counts! A minimum of twenty minutes a day can help keep depression and anxiety at bay.

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Why not try out volunteering on an environmental conservation project - get fit and discover some of London’s green spaces whilst you’re at it. If you are sporty, there are also plenty of coaching volunteering roles on offer.

4 Take Note

Paying attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts, feelings and to the world around us, can directly enhance well-being. Some people call this approach ‘mindfulness’ - find out more here.

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Take a different route on your journey to university and take note of the new things you see along the way.

5 Discover

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence. Hopefully as a UCL student you’re learning fresh things every day - but try branching out into new areas and broaden your horizons! There are lots of opportunities both on and off campus.

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Learn something new on UCL’s Global Citizenship Programme which takes place over the last two weeks of the Summer term; you can register now.

6 Volunteer

People often associate volunteering with helping other people. However, research suggests that it also benefits the volunteer too. UCL students tell us that their happiness and general well-being improves thanks to volunteering, and they feel more confident in their own abilities too. Other surveys have shown that volunteering can reduce the incidence of depression and stress.

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Not sure how to get started? Feel free to get in touch with us.