There are lots of activities and events that you can take part in that can help improve your wellbeing. A list is shown below and will be updated reguarly.

Wellbeing Activities - Monthly Focus

Below is a list of activities and initiatives that the Wellbeing Team will be focusing on every month that you can take part in.

January

New Year New you!

Healthy New Year Resolutions and a Dry January are a great way to kick off the New Year!

 

New Year New You

2021 is the year to look after you. Try to set yourself new year resolutions that will benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.

Did you know that Togetherall has a goal setting tool to create and track your personal goals?  Sign up for FREE today at https://bit.ly/2IHCGaj using your university email address to get support, take control and feel better.

Dry January

Doing DryJanuary can have some great health benefits. Evidence suggests that just a month without alcohol has amazing health benefits for your body. It can improve physical and mental health, help improve sleep quality, save you money and make your skin brighter and clearer.

Sugar Awareness Week

How much sugar is too much? Sugar is hidden in so many of the foods and drinks we consume each day. Can you take part in the 5-day sugar free challenge to feel the benefits?

Read more about the benefits of cutting down your sugar intake.

December

This December we are focusing on mental and physical wellbeing during the winter months with our Winter Wellbeing Toolkit and The 16 Day's of Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign.

 

Winter Wellbeing Toolkit

The Winter Wellbeing Toolkit has a range of resources to help support your mental and physical wellbeing during the winter months.

16 Days of Action Against Domestice Violence

The university is supporting the 16 Days of Action against domestic violence campaign. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

Help is available if you need it.

November

In November we focused on Stress Awareness Week and Alcohol Awareness Week.

 

Stress Awareness Week (2nd-6th November)

We can all experience stress in our lives at times. For some of us a little bit of pressure can be beneficial and help us to perform better while others may feel anxious or overwhelmed. It is important to be able to manage how you are feeling so that it doesn't become too much and have an adverse effect on your health.

Managing your stress levels during COVID19 is vital to maintain positive mental health.
@togetherallUK has a FREE self-guided course dedicated to managing stress & anxiety.
 
Alcohol Awareness Week (16th-22nd November)
#AlcoholAwarenessWeek is a chance for the UK to #getthinkingaboutdrinking.
 

Many use alcohol to help cope with difficult situations, with over a quarter of us reporting to have drunk more over lockdown. UK drinking guidelines recommend that we should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol in one week. Consider trying low and non-alcoholic drinks, have something to eat before you drink and try to space out alcoholic drinks with water.

If you are concerned about alcohol help and support is available. 

Contact your GP, see the Employee Assistance Programme or NHS Alcohol Support.

At @wearetogetherall has a wealth of resources to help you manage your relationship with
alcohol & our supportive community is available 24hrs a day if you are struggling.
You don’t have to cope alone, everyone can register for FREE at https://bit.ly/31OplDR

 
 
Discounted Flu Vaccinations

The University is pleased to confirm that we have secured discounted flu vaccines for staff with Bairds Pharmacy. Due to the current restrictions this service will be delivered in the King Street Practice and not on campus. Due to the increased cost per vaccine this year and PPE requirements the cost payable to employees is £12.50.

Please download and complete the Private_Consent_Form_-_Flu_Vacs_2020.pdf and bring it to your booked appointment along with your payment.

All members of staff should stick strictly to their booked appointment time and should not attempt to come into the pharmacy any earlier/later. You will be expected to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) upon entering the pharmacy and while receiving your injection. There will be some seating spaced out within the pharmacy for you to wait until your are called for your injection. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 please remember to cancel your appointment and follow the national guidance.

For staff in the Shire or Tayside we would be delighted to offer the same price and ask that you contact the pharmacies directly to arrange a suitable time. The service will be available at the pharmacies in Dundee, Keith, Banff and Fraserburgh. Please bring along your ID badge to your appointment to be eligible for the discount.

Previous Months

October - BeWell Week and World Mental Health Day.

September - Organ Donation Week and World Suicide Prevention Day.

August - Post Natal Depression and Heart Health.

July - Counselling and Women's Health.

June - Carer's Week, Men's Health Week and Bike Month.

May - Mental Health Awareness Week and #StepThisMay.

April - Stress Awareness Month and Housebound Movement Challenge Bingo.

March - University Mental Health Day and Nutrition and Hydration.

February - World Cancer Day and Time to Talk.

January - Dry January.

Get involved

525 Challenge

Take on a 525 Challenge this February and look after your health and wellbeing whilst providing life-changing support to students through the Covid-19 525 Bursary Fund. In these unusual times, where we are still unable to participate in events and connect with people in the way we are used to, we need to find new ways to keep connected and motivated. This is the perfect opportunity for you to take part in an activity like the 525 Challenge.

The Alumni Relations & Development Trust team will support you in your challenge to take on 525 or 52.5 miles over the month of February to raise £100 each – or whatever you can. Get together with your colleagues to make it a team effort and take part whatever way will keep you moving and motivated. You will receive your own 525 Challenge kit which includes a t-shirt, top tips for fundraising, and images to use on your social media channels. We have also set up a 525 Challenge team on Just Giving that you can join and a Strava Club so you can track and share your progress.

To sign up to take part visit www.abdn.ac.uk/alumni/events/16248/or to get in touch please contact Lynne Black at lynne.black@abdn.ac.uk.

Care First Webinars

As we continue to work from home it can be tough to have a good work/life balance. Some of us have caring responsibilities, home schooling duties or may be worried about the safety of loved ones who are key workers. Care First hosted webinars this week as a way for staff to gain a better understanding of how the service works and the support it can offer, along with a range of topics to help make life a bit easier.

Watch the lastest webinars from Care First to learn more about the services they offer and how they can support you.

Monday 18th January - 'How Care First can support you' webinar hyperlink

Tuesday 19th January - 'Keeping yourself occupied during lockdown' webinar hyperlink 

Wednesday 20th January - 'Suporting loved ones who are key workers' webinar hyperlink

Thursday 21st January - 'Health Anxiety' webinar hyperlink

Friday 22nd January - 'Tips for Home Schooling & Keeping Children occupied at home' webinar hyperlink

Care First are a free confidential counselling and information service for work related or personal issues and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Free Mindfulness Course

A free mindfulness course to help you during lockdown and beyond.

Join our free online mindfulness course. Guided by experts, you can dip in and study anytime.

Language Groups

Conversational language groups have moved online!  Please join.  The staff group has joined forces with the student language cafes and staff at RGU.  We meet regularly to practice conversing in different languages.

The main groups we have at the moment are French, German, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. However if there is enough interest in practicing other languages, then new groups could be formed.  To join an existing group please contact one of the hosts below.  To start a new language group please fill in this online form.

For Arabic, please contact Sue Bradley.

For French, please contact Elaine Fitzgerald

For German or Norwegian, please contact Claire Bell.

For Italian, please contact Ailhlin Clark

For Spanish, please contact Chloe Bruce.

All levels are welcome- you can join in the conversation as much as you feel comfortable with.

Hope to see some new people soon.

UoA Collections Big Draw

UoA Collections Big Draw Activity Page

As part of the international Big Draw festival this year, we’ve created an online activity page inspired by the University of Aberdeen Collections. Dip in and Draw!

Drawing from the Collections
Visit our webpage and take a 15 minute time out to draw along with one of our curators. This is not about creating a masterpiece. It's about enjoying time out with paper and pencil. We've chosen a jade water buffalo, a hawk from the Aberdeen Bestiary illuminated manuscript, a woven ball and a plant illustration for you to doodle.

Drawing Without Seeing
Have a go at our "Drawing Without Seeing" challenges where we describe a mystery object and invite you to draw what you think it might look like. How close can you get?

Drawing Inspiration
We hope you will enjoy this resource and draw inspiration from our collections.

Virtual Bookclub

Hosted by the Multi-faith Chaplaincy every Friday at 4pm.

Corporate Games

After the hugely successful Games debut in 2019, we are bringing the ultimate multisport festival back for Round 2.

Open to all staff - regardless of age, gender, sporting ability or level of fitness. For details of each event including competition dates and training times please see the brochure and to sign up to the event(s) contact The Wellbeing Team

Following UK and Scottish Government advice in respect of the current coronavirus pandemic, all upcoming events have now been postponed until further notice.

Fitness Challenge

We had great fun taking part in the fitness challenge! It was a tough challenge but with a great team effort we finished in 7th place on the leaderboard.

Can you spot the university team members in these photos?