‘How to be Happier’ is an awareness campaign to encourage students to look after their health and wellbeing (both physical and mental).
We have taken the guidelines advised by the NHS to show students how they can improve their wellbeing by getting involved in SU and university activities.  

 

 

The NHS advises:
“six tips to be happier, more in control and able to cope better with life’s ups and downs”

 

 

1.    Manage your Stress

Improve your time management techniques –

  • Sally Strong’s Time Management workshop 

Regular Exercise – 

Reduce feelings of anxiety –

  • Campus Canines   
  • Student Minds 
  • NHS breathing exercises
  • Neil Frude’s activate your life (available via public health services and sessions are looking to be implemented at the university)


2.    Enjoy Yourself

Do things you enjoy/Do things you’re good at - 

  • Societies 
  • Avoid things that are enjoyable at the time, but make you feel worse afterwards (binge eating, drinking alcohol) 
      

3.    Boost Your Self Esteem 

  • Get into a pattern of noticing negative and self-critical behaviour; journal, practice gradtitude
  • To boost your self-esteem and feel good about yourself why not volunteer and give back to the community… 
  • One off volunteering projects run by the SU
  • SVC
  • Signing up to the Cardiff Met Award for self-development 
     

4.    Have a Healthy Lifestyle 

  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Do some exercise 
  • Get enough sleep

 

5. Talk and Share 

  • Communicate with a friend, family member or counsellor
  • External support lines (Please see link to agencies on our 'Support' page))
  • Student Minds
  • Student Services
  • Chaplaincy 


6.    Build your resilience 

  • SU Resilience and wellbeing workshops (can be found under the 'Opportunities' section fo the SU website)
  • You can access materials provided by the NHS to help build resilience:
    How to be Happier 
    One You