This year, the University Health, Safety and Environment Service is supporting Be Well Week with wellbeing information for staff being included in the Doctoral College’s stall in the Claverton Rooms foyer.

What does ‘being well’ mean? The World Health Organisation defines health as ‘…a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ And ‘wellbeing’ is more than simply good mental health.

The NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing suggests five practical areas everyone can look at to improve their wellbeing.

Here we look at ideas for things to try while at work:

Connect – connect with your colleagues. Take your computer screen breaks and chat with a colleague for five minutes,

Be active – try a Campus walk together,

Keep learning – What can you learn from your colleagues? Find out what’s on in the University that might interest you,

Give to others – Even the small things count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you, a kind word, or offering to make someone a coffee. Everyone likes to feel appreciated,

Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. You may find that your improved awareness encourages you to reach out to colleagues and helps you to Be Well Together.