Welcome to the PGR Wellbeing Page

 

HERE YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION AND LINKS TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR WELLBEING

 

 

 Faculty PGR Peer Wellbeing Ambassadors

If you fancy a friendly chat or need advice and guidance, the Ambassadors will be happy to chat and can signpost you to available resources, if required.

Meet our New Ambassadors 

Our new ambassadors are now in place. Click on the link above for their details. You can contact any of the ambassadors for advice and guidance, however, if your query is related to your particular school, we suggest you contact the relevant ambassador(s) for your school. Details are on the Ambassadors web page, which you can access from the link above or from the left hand menu.

 

Coffee Mornings

Meet other PGRs and chat with our Wellbeing Ambassadors at either a virtual coffee morning or an in-person meet up, dependant on governmental and University guidance. Look out for the emails containing details and links to the meetings, check the PGR Bulletin, or contact the Ambassadors directly. Rembember, you can email any of the Ambassadors for a chat or advice and guidance, in confidence. 

Writing Group

The HSS PGR Writing Group takes place on Wednesdays and will resume during October. Look out for the emails containing dates and joining details.

Bulletin

The Bi-weekly Faculty PGR Bulletin contains lots of useful information including funding and training opportunities, as well as links to Wellbeing resources and a What's On section. 

LDC Development Team

PGR News is a newsletter from the LDC Development Team, a small team based within Liverpool Doctoral College who provide a flexible programme that supports all postgraduate research students with their on-going professional and personal development. Back copies are available to view.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

There is useful information and tips online which can help you think about ways of improving your own wellbeing, by trying to incorporate the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ into your everyday life.

5 ways to wellbeing, are backed by the NHS, which can help us be proactive when it comes to our wellbeing.

  • Connect - Maintain social interactions, even online, this will help keep a sense of normality.
  • Be mindful – be mindful of the amount of time you spend doing each activity, i.e. you might find it helpful to have a balanced daily routine.
  • Take Notice – Keep in mind all small things that can bring joy.
  • Be Active - Some gyms or fitness instructors have uploaded physical exercises you can do at home to stay healthy.
  • Give – Consider those around you and think of ways of how you could help, whether it’s by sending a useful link or by supporting family/friends

Work 5 A Day

Supported by Mind, Stylist magazine are asking everyone to kickstart 2021 by taking their Work 5 A Day – a series of mental health breaks aimed at encouraging mental space, connection, movement and stress reduction throughout your working day to address the rise in burnout seen throughout the pandemic.  

1. WALK AWAY FROM YOUR DESK

No matter where you’re working, getting away from your desk from time to time is crucial in giving yourself a mental break from work.

2. ORGANISE YOUR TIME

By blocking off some time to consciously plan your day into solo-tasking chunks, you’ll be able to avoid multitasking and make sure you prioritise your most important tasks.

3. REACH OUT TO OTHERS

Making sure to take the time to reach out and connect with others is incredibly important for our mental health, not only because it helps us keep our stress levels under control but also because loneliness can, in turn, lead to an increased risk of depression, stress, anxiety and low self-esteem.

4. KEEP MOVING YOUR BODY

Incorporate walking breaks into your daily routine. Not only are they good for avoiding RSI or other postural issues while working from home regular exercise is also proven to increase energy, boost productivity and increase happiness.

5. 5 MINUTES OF BREATHING

It really is as simple as it sounds: controlled breathing has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat stress and is especially effective in high pressure environments. See link below for NHS breathing exercise.

 

Other Resources

The University of Liverpool website and the Student Services Wellbeing Advice and Guidance page contains numerous links to support your wellbeing and mental health, as does the Wellbeing Hub 

 

 

What's on

Podcasts

 

Keep Fit Tips

5-ways to avoid neck and shoulder pain when working from home

Desk stretches

5-Minute Full Body Strength Training

 

If you have any tips you would like to share, please email hsspgr@liverpool.ac.uk

Additionally, you can contact the University's Advice and Guidance team at advice@liverpool.ac.uk