1. Welfare Away Day
The welfare away day is nearly upon us! If you signed up, you will be receiving an email from me later today about payment. There is still ONE SPACE LEFT, so please get in touch a.s.a.p if you'd like to come along! It's going to be a really fun day :)
2. Cupcake Decorating Workshop
The postponed cupcake decorating workshop will now take place on Thursday at 8pm in the MCR. Pro Cake Decorator Sophie Rabet will be showing us how it's done; picture welfare tea but with more creativity and edible glitter :) We hope to see lots of you there!
3. Movie Night
The next Welfare Movie Night will take place at 8.30pm on Sunday (12th June). Film tbc., but popular titles include 'The Princess Bride' and '10 Things I Hate About You' (speaking of which, this is guaranteed to improve your welfare: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/i-love-you-baby?utm_term=.exnmjYNrr#.qf01eNaww ) .
Feel free to message us with alternative movie suggestions! Pizza and popcorn guaranteed, as always.
4. Tips for Dealing with Exam Stress
Lots of us are currently working towards exams, and sometimes the pressure of revision can feel overwhelming. This article from Student Minds has some pretty good advice for dealing with exam stress; definitely worth a read: http://www.studentminds.org.uk/exam-stress.html
And of course, if you're feeling stressed or anxious about exams - or about anything else - there are plenty of people who are here to support you, so please don't feel you have to manage on your own. Talking it through can help put things in perspective and enable you to think more calmly and clearly. Some useful contacts:
- Your Welfare Officers, Rose and Jochen (that's us! firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Any of the Lincoln MCR Peer Supporters (Joshua Thomas, Ferdinando Randisi, Elise Maes, Annina Graedel, Leandra Bias)
- Mel, the Chaplain: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The University Counselling Service (https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling?wssl=1).
- You can also call Nightline between 8pm and and 8am: 01865 270270
5. Fitness Classes
Zumba: Wednesday - 1pm - EPA (Note: Zumba is on Wednesday, NOT Tuesday, this week)
Yoga: Wednesday - 3.45pm - EPA
20-20-20: Thursday - 6pm - EPA
Welfare Run: Sunday - 4pm - Lodge. We will head North in the direction of Summertown, then return along the River Cherwell and through the University Park. Distance: Approx 5k.
6. Welfare Tea
Friday, 4pm, MCR. Bring your knitting, bring your colouring pencils, bring your friends. All welcome :)
7. Welfare Supplies
Condoms and lube are available in the laundry rooms. We also provide pregnancy tests, attack alarms and dental dams - please send one of us an email or pidge us a note if you require any of these other items, and we will pidge them to you as discreetly as possible. Have fun and stay safe!
8. Mindfulness Online Resources
'Mindful' is an online magazine with lots of interesting and helpful articles and resources; the current issue features articles such as: 'The Mindful Guide to Meaningful Communication', 'Face Fear and Keep Going' and 'The Simple Joy of Writing By Hand'. Might be worth a browse: http://www.mindful.org/magazine/
9. A Mental Health 'Crisis' at Top Universities?
Two more reading suggestions for you! Both interesting articles about the pressures placed on Oxbridge and Ivy League students, and how this can impact mental health. You might agree or disagree with what's written here, but either way, I think it's important to get people talking and thinking about these issues, not least because they affect so many of us.
We Need to Talk About Mental Health at Oxbridge: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tanne-spielman/mental-health-university_b_9781554.html
The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/08/qa-the-miseducation-of-our-college-elite/377524/
10. Blurt Podcasts
Some useful listening from the lovely people at Blurt, a charity that works to increase awareness and understanding of Depression. The podcasts cover topics such as 'why sleep is important' and 'getting to grips with self-compassion', which are interesting and helpful for many people (not only for those experiencing Depression). More here: http://blurtitout.org/blurt-podcast/
That's all from us! Best of luck to all those facing exams or deadlines over the next few weeks - you can do this!
Rose and Jochen x