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.


Stress Awareness Month.

Stress affects everyone differently. Some people thrive under pressure, and for others stress can feel totally overwhelming. 

Finding healthy ways to cope can improve how we feel and how we react to stressful situations. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages during April for top tips and resources to help manage stress and support your wellbeing. 


National Bed Month 

Getting a good night’s sleep will increase your mood, concentration, and motivation! 

Whether you find it easy to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night or if you struggle to sleep through the night our National Bed Month campaign is full of sleeping tips and resources to help you get a better night’s sleep. 

Keep an eye out on Instagram and Facebook this month for more ways to improve your sleep. 

Previous Months

February 2021 - Time to Talk day and Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Week.

January 2021 - New Year New You, Dry January and Sugar Awareness.

December 2020 - Winter Wellbeing Toolkit and 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence.

November 2020  - Stress Awareness Week and Alcohol Awareness Week.

October 2020 - BeWell Week and World Mental Health Day.

September 2020 - Organ Donation Week and World Suicide Prevention Day.

August 2020 - Post Natal Depression and Heart Health.

July 2020 - Counselling and Women's Health.

June 2020 - Carer's Week, Men's Health Week and Bike Month.

May 2020 - Mental Health Awareness Week and #StepThisMay.

April 2020 - Stress Awareness Month and Housebound Movement Challenge Bingo.

March 2020 - University Mental Health Day and Nutrition and Hydration.

February 2020 - World Cancer Day and Time to Talk.

January 2020 - Dry January.


If you would like to know more about any of the topics covered in 2020/2021 please contact wellbeing@abdn.ac.uk

Get involved

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 hosts a series of webinars 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.

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.

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

Lockdown and Covid19
Isolation after Lockdown eases. Watch the full recording.
How Care first have supported you through a year of COVID-19. Watch the full recording.
COVID-19 - Vaccine Anxiety and Protocol. Watch the full recording.
Keeping yourself occupied during lockdown. Watch the full recording.
Advice for getting support during the pandemic. Watch the full recording.
Keeping connected and maintaining relationships during the pandemic. Watch the full recording.
Suporting loved ones who are key workers. Watch the full recording.
COVID-19 Awareness Watch the full recording.


Mental Health
Managing Pressure. Watch the full recording.
Stress and finding ways through Watch the full recording.
World Happiness Day 2021 Watch the full recording.
Sleep Anxiety in line with World Sleep Day Watch the full recording.
Lifting of Lockdown Anxiety. Watch the full recording.
Health Anxiety. Watch the full recording.
Reflect on 2020. Watch the full recording.


Physical Health
Tips for improving posture. Watch the full recording.
Tips for Nutrition and Hydration. Watch the full recording.


Wellbeing for Children and Families
Spring Clean Your Wellbeing. Watch the full recording.
Separation Anxiety. Watch the full recording.
Routines for Back to school. Watch the full recording.
Tips for Home Schooling & Keeping Children occupied at home. Watch the full recording.


Work-Life Balance
Switching off after work. Watch the full recording.


How Care first can support you
How Care First can support you. Watch the full recording.


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?