Welcome to PGR Wellbeing

 

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 The Ambassadors 

Click on the link above for information and contact details of our Wellbeing Ambassadors. 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.

 

Wellbeing Events

From the end of June through September, the ambassador led coffee mornings and writing groups will take place every other week. Look out for the emails or the PGR Bulletin for details.

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. You can email any of the Ambassadors for a chat or advice and guidance, in confidence. 

Writing Group

The HSS PGR Writing Group will take place each week during term time. Joining a writing group helps you focus and plan, either online or in-person. Scheduled breaks and catch-ups allow for time away from your work and the opportunity to chat with fellow PGRs. Join your host for the day and get stuck in! Look out for the emails or the PGR Bulletin for details.

Dog Walks

Dogs are not compulsory! You can join a friendly dog walk even if you don't have a dog! Look out for the emails or the PGR Bulletin for 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.

Wellbeing

What do we mean by wellbeing?

Wellbeing is a term that covers many different areas within our lives. In its simplest form it could be defined as simply feeling good and being physically well, we know though, through experience, that wellbeing is not as simple as that. To help, we use various ways to develop and maintain wellbeing - see links below.

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

SIX WAYS TO WELLBEING

1. Be Active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

2. Keep Learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.

3. Give

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.

4. Connect

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections with support and enrich you every day.

5. Take Notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

6. Care for the Planet

Look after your community and the world.  Make small changes to your life that will reduce your energy use, recycle more, leave the car at home, use low energy light bulbs, small steps to a greener life can make a difference.

 

Work 5 A Day

Supported by Mind, a series of mental health breaks aimed at encouraging mental space, connection, movement and stress reduction throughout your working day.

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-Minute Desk Yoga

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