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Six Ways to Be Well

Six simple ways to help us improve our wellbeing.

Based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, Six Ways to Be Well breaks down wellbeing into key themes. These themes show that overall wellbeing is about making small positive changes. Balance is the key and Be Well will help you identify the small areas you can focus on to improve your overall wellbeing. The Six Ways to Be Well are:

  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Be Heathy
  • Connect
  • Give
  • Keep Learning

As well as advice and tips in the pages below you can visit our Be Well page for advice and ideas and support for your wellbeing including events, our Be Well app and blogs.

Be Active

Walk, run, swim, cycle, explore new sports, try new activities and have fun. Do these frequently and creatively. Staying active doesn’t need to be a chore, even small changes and social activities can make a big difference.

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You are more likely to achieve in your studies if you take part in regular exercise. Even making small changes in everyday life such as taking the stairs, or cycling to University can make a difference. Find out how you can be more active as a student:

Take Notice

Live in the moment and take notice of the things around you. Understand yourself through your experiences, respond well to situations, be calmer and perform better.

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Taking notice is about being aware of the present and what is going on both inside and outside ourselves. This can help us become more aware and deal better with situations. It can help to manage stress better, improve general and physical health.

Be Healthy

Sleep well, cook new and healthy recipes, enjoy the outdoors, get away from your screen and make healthy choices. This will help to make you feel ready and get the most out of your day.

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Be Healthy is a great place to make some small changes, whether that’s eating better, getting more sleep, quitting smoking or drinking less. Be Healthy has some great tips.


Make time to connect with others around you to feel supported, encouraged, and part of a university, city, national and international community. Talk, listen and support friends, family, course mates and neighbours and they will do the same for you.

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There are a number of surprising health benefits to friendships and communities. This can often be the result of having your own support network you can turn to when needed or having people who make you laugh and share the same interests.


Having an interest in helping others is shown to help make you happier as well as being beneficial for the recipient.

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Doing something nice for others no matter how small can have a positive impact on our wellbeing, be rewarding and create connections with people around you.

Keep Learning

Learning new things will make you increase your confidence, self-esteem and help you to build a sense of purpose.

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Try learning something new no matter how small, cook a new recipe, learn an instrument try a new sport or just learn about something that interests you. Learning can help us gain satisfaction and in turn improve our wellbeing.

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