It might be cold and dark outside but we have a whole month of winter warmers planned to keep you positive through January.

From Chooseday Chill to Community Lunches, from Puppy Days to Winter Giveaways – there is lots to be positive about for the start of 2019. See www.canterbury.ac.uk/winterwellbeing for daily updates.

And don’t forget our friendly Student Support Team are around if you need a chat or advice in person, on the phone or by email.

Each week we are celebrating one of the five ways of wellbeing and below are just some of the highlights to look forward to:

1 – 5 January – Take Notice

This week is all about taking notice – as many of you return to revise for exams or prepare assignments we want to remind you that it is important to take time out, reflect on how you are feeling and look after yourself.

Don’t forget the StressLess Zone in Augustine House or maybe give one of the 10 minute Campus Mindfulness Walks a try.

And why not think about downloading a meditation App to help you find some headspace.

7- 11 January – Connect

Research shows that building good relationships is an important part to positive wellbeing. So why not use this week to connect with the CCCU Community.

Chooseday Chill on Tuesday and Community Lunch on Wednesday start again this week – both are great opportunities to make friends over tea and toast or some warming soup.

But if you want to connect with a furry friend then why not think about coming along to the Therapy Dog Session on 9 January (also on 15, 22, 29 January and 5 February) in the Chapel 1.30-3.30pm to meet Pixie.

If you feel you need some support why not connect with our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers. In addition to the daily Student Support Drop Ins at Augustine House, don’t forget there is now one on a Monday at North Holmes Road. Also new for 2019 is a Drop In PLUS service every Wednesday at Ag26 – where a Mental Health Practitioner will offer 50 minute slots through the day so you can chat in confidence with someone about what is concerning you at that time.

And If you are feeling down you can also connect with others online via www.bigwhatewall.com whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.

14  – 18 January – Give

Did you know that people who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

So this week we are going to focus on how volunteering can make a difference to yourself and others as well as encourage some random acts of kindness!

Also, as it is Universal Letter Writing Week why not think about writing to a friend or a member of your family to let them know how much you appreciate them – look out for other letters with special messages around campus too.

21  – 25 January – Keep Learning

So 21 January might be designated as Blue Monday but at CCCU we have nothing to be sad about as we have the SU Puppy Day!  In fact Student Support don’t want you to be be blue so they are offering a free brew for anyone who fancies a catch up and chat in Augusitne House

Plus Semester 2 starts with Personal Development Week and what better opportunity is there to broaden your horizon, develop your skills and learn something new! This dedicated week offers a wide range of events, activities, workshops and support to help you reach your full potential. So make sure you plan ahead and schedule your week to get the most out of this great opportunity. You can download the full programme here.

28 January – 1 February – Get Active

Eating healthily and taking regular exercise can lift your mood and increase your energy levels. So even if you feel like just snuggling under that duvet, at this time of year, it is worth making the effort to keep active.

To help CCCU Sport have launched their new fitness classes which includes Boogie Bounce and Pilates – so why not give it a try!

Student Support and the Chaplaincy, working with the SU and the Student Green Office, are having a Winter Warmers Food Giveaway with recipe cards to help you make some hearty, healthy meals to keep the winter chills at bay.


For daily inspiration, winter wellbeing tips, events and information on all the support that is available www.canterbury.ac.uk/winterwellbeing