Wellbeing Update Issue number 3 2017

As medical students, you will all be well aware (we hope!!) of the physical benefits of exercise and keeping active. Physical wellbeing is inextricably linked with psychological and emotional wellbeing, and physical activity has been proven in study after study to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve mood, energy levels, concentration and sleep, as well as helping us generally feel better about ourselves. MIND have produced a useful booklet about the links between physical and mental health, how to get started, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of various types of activity.

Not all physical activity has to be high energy and aerobic to be beneficial. Yoga can be an excellent activity which also promotes mindfulness and relaxation - great during revision. It can be practiced socially in a group, or individually at home whenever you have some time or need a break. Yoga classes are available at the University Sports Centre and there are lots of directed yoga workout videos on the internet.
Yoga is not just for women!!
Dana Falsetti, a yoga instructor from the USA demonstrating that size is also no barrier.

Competitive team sport is a great way to improve both fitness and social interaction while developing your team leadership and followership skills - all good transferable skills for medicine!!

Sports people sometimes find that their emotional wellbeing is suffering but that the nature of their sporting activity seems to stifle discussion and they are reluctant to speak out when they are struggling.

The Rugby Players Association has recently released a great short video encouraging players of any sport to talk about their mental health:

By the time next term begins, hopefully, Spring will have sprung in Liverpool and we can all start getting out and about more in the area. Here are some great ideas for free things to do this Spring...
Most, if not all, of you will be getting down to some revision over Easter, and we know that some of you have already been getting anxious about exams. After the holidays, these updates will be published weekly giving you lots of ideas for study and revision skills, plus how to manage exam anxiety.

Here are 12 simple steps to self care.

If your health isn't great and you find yourself struggling, please let someone know and come and see us in the Wellbeing team for help and support. The office is open throughout the holidays except for Good Friday and Easter Monday - medsupport@liv.ac.uk or telephone 0151 794 8756

I hope you all have a very happy Easter, and get something nice from the Easter Bunny, unlike this young man......!!!!

Created By
Kari Robert


Created with images by Stuart Grout - "Runners of all abilities" • "Vicky Dixon" - "Time to reflect © Victoria Dixon" • paulwhitepics - "Sefton Park Palm House" • Radarsmum67 - "The Phil, Hope Street, Liverpool." • Bev Goodwin - "Pier Head"

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