Wellbeing Update February 10th 2017

Well, will it or won't it? Snow is forecast for parts of the UK this weekend, but it's quite rare in Liverpool. Being near the coast means the air is slightly warmer than inland, although, in the strong winds we get, it might not feel like it!!
St George's Hall January 2006
In 2006 Merseyside saw record low temperatures (down to -14°C one night!!) and some relatively heavy snow. The University was closed for 3 days!!

Take Notice/Be Active

There is good research evidence demonstrating positive benefits and outcomes for mental health and wellbeing from spending time outside, especially in green spaces. And you don't have to go up an Alp to get the wellbeing benefits of the great outdoors. Within 10 miles of the city centre, you can find some wonderful open spaces, like Birkenhead Park, which was the inspiration for Central Park in New York. Here are some suggestions:

Birkenhead Park

No trains run to Birkenhead currently due to engineering, but lots of buses do from the city centre; or why not treat yourself to a ferry 'cross the Mersey?

Crosby Beach - 'Another Place'

'Another Place' is a spectacular installation by world-renowned sculptor Antony Gormley of 100 life-size figures spread along 3km of foreshore in north Liverpool. There's parking near the coastguard station in Crosby, or train to Blundellsands and Crosby or Hall Road and a short walk. A new cycle path runs all the way up to Formby from the coastguard station, so your day out could also include.....

Formby Pine Woods

The pine woods at Formby are maintained by the National Trust and are home to rare red squirrels. There are miles of walking and cycling trails. It's also right by the dunes and beach. Entrance is free, but if you take the car there is a parking charge. It's very accessible by public transport - a short walk from Freshfield train station.

Also recommended are Sefton Park, Liverpool Festival Gardens, Everton Park (best views in the whole city!), Croxteth Country Park, Calderstones Park, Faulkner Square, Greenbank Park, St Johns Gardens, Wavertree Botanic Gardens and Wavertree Playground.

Keep learning!

Rather than cramming revision into lengthy blocks, try spreading it out over a longer period and do other things in between. Why is this effective? Because it gives you FORGETTING TIME. This means that when you come back to the revision a few days later you have to think harder to recall the information and this helps you consolidate it and remember it. This theory is known as DISTRIBUTED PRACTICE.

Here's how it works....

This theory isn't new - the "Forgetting Curve" above was first promulgated by German psychologist (and early hipster!) Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885!

Connect

February is LGBT History Month, and the University have a number of events planned to celebrate the diversity of our city, students and staff.

And finally....

Remember, if you have any issues you'd like to discuss, or need advice or guidance, just contact the Wellbeing and Development Service - medsupport@liv.ac.uk or call 794 8756

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Kari Robert
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