Health and wellbeing
Wellbeing self-care during the pandemic
The current global situation is an extremely challenging one at every level of society and for each of us individually. It is vital that we all take care of our mental as well as our physical wellbeing. Our Learning Well framework is a very good place to start, and we have also collated some other Covid19-specific wellbeing resources to build on this.
As a student at the University of Portsmouth we want you to fulfil your potential and have a life-changing student experience. At the heart of this is the personalised academic and pastoral support we offer, with a focus on wellbeing and resilience.
Wellbeing for learning
As the hub for our whole-university approach to wellbeing, the Student Wellbeing Service has developed a distinctive ‘Learning Well’ framework that informs the support we offer. Learning Well is about recognising the vital role of emotions and emotion regulation for successful learning.
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Understanding better how our human emotions have evolved is the starting point for learning skills for being a better friend to yourself and for building the supportive networks with others which will help you succeed in your valued learning and life goals.
Being a better friend to yourself and others
At Portsmouth we want to make sure you know that you belong, and feel welcomed into our inclusive learning community. We want every student to know about all the support networks available to them, and to have the skills to make use of these support networks and contribute to supporting others.
The Learning Well approach shows that you are one of your own most important potential supporters. Being a better friend to yourself means taking care of your own wellbeing and treating yourself with kindness and compassion instead of self-criticism.
You can now learn more about how to do this by completing the short online Learning Well foundation course.
Mapping your support network
Supportive connections are essential resources for successful study and a flourishing life. At Portsmouth we encourage you to map out your own customised Learning Well support network. And to keep strengthening the supportive connections which will help you succeed. See the Learning Well foundation course for links and guidance about how to record your map.
Your map should include the named people in your inner circles, occasional options in the middle circles and possible/potential services and options at the outer circles. What can you do to bring more people onto the map and/or closer to the centre?
- Study – All the people and resources there to support your study directly.
Your personal tutor, dissertation or research supervisor/s, course leader and lecturers. Your faculty learning support tutors and/or engagement officers. Personal tutor or seminar group peers. Informal study groups. Your faculty MyPort hub staff. Library and library staff. Moodle resources. ASK and ASDAC. Maths Cafe. Global Cafe.
- Personal/social – Your everyday network. The people you can count on as well as those you have fun with. Your role models and personal mentors.
Your close family and loved ones. Wider family or home community networks. Your friendship network, old and new. Your housemates. Students Union groups or networks you belong to. Special interest groups (eg football team supporter). Work colleagues. Welcome Ambassadors. Mentors, advisers and sources of inspiration.
- Other – All the other supportive services available to you.
Your doctor and other external professionals. Support services – Res Life team, WhatsUp app, Student Wellbeing Service, Chaplaincy, UoP Global, Student Finance, Student Housing, UPSU Advice Centre, Sort It Out Service, Global Cafe, Wellbeing Cafe, Careers & Employability.
- Self – What you can do to support yourself and your own wellbeing.
Gym membership, regular sport/exercise/physical activity, mindfulness practice, hobbies, healthy eating, sleep pattern, personal safety plan, values, faith/religious practice, volunteering, SWS online courses and self-help resources, Wellbeing Cafe and Feel Good Fest.
The Portsmouth 5 Ways to Wellbeing
The well-known 5 Ways to Wellbeing list is based on research evidence supporting these 5 simple ways to improve your sense of wellbeing:
- Connect – building our human connections will support and enrich us every day.
- Give – recognising that our happiness is linked to the wellbeing of the wider community can be rewarding and creates lasting connections with the people around us.
- Be active – engaging in regular purposeful activity, especially physical activity, will invigorate and energise us while keeping us in good health.
- Take notice – becoming more aware of the world around us helps to appreciate what really matters.
- Keep learning – setting ourselves challenges we will enjoy achieving can be fun and builds confidence and improves wellbeing.
As part of our Learning Well model, we promote the 5 Ways to Wellbeing with a Portsmouth twist – linking the evidence-based 5 ways with the 5 values in our Student Charter.
Student Wellbeing Service
The Student Wellbeing Service has a popular course, workshop and events programme where you can learn more about the evidence-based Compassionate Mind and 5 Ways to Wellbeing models and build your wellbeing skills.
When you register for support with the Student Wellbeing Service we will work out a personalised support pathway built on the Learning Well framework, with a focus on strengthening both your wellbeing skills and your support network.
Learning mindsets and student leadership
Learning Well is about growing the ‘compassionate mindset’ supporting the positive learning mindsets which will help you to successfully meet and overcome the challenges inherent in studying for a degree.
Find out more about positive learning mindsets and get inspiration by hearing from our student Welcome Ambassadors about how they have met and overcome challenges in their learning and student experience, and found their belonging in our inclusive student community.
The principles of our Student Charter support these learning mindsets and form the basis for our student leadership programme. You can commit to your own learning and wellbeing by pledging to uphold the values of the Student Charter and to act as a role model to others, as a Welcome Ambassador.
Find out more about the pledge and how to enter on our student leadership pathway.