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In this 1 hour session learn;

  • Establish a method that works for you to enhance focus for the most important work (Deep Work)
  • Reduce distraction and prioritise more effectively
  • Establish one daily Protective Pause, to relieve stress, reduce self criticism and strengthen resilience - mini mindfulness
  • Create the space to recognise your achievements each day - increase self awareness and confidence

The Benefits:

  • Protect yourself from distraction to enhance focus
  • Plan effectively to spend more time on Deep Work (the stuff that matters) and less time on Shallow Work (overwhelming admin)
  • Protect time for higher cognitive tasks - the challenging stuff
  • Create valuable perspective to respond more effectively

Enhance focus, reduce stress and strengthen resilience. All techniques proven by science.

Development & Alumni Relations: Recharge Communication new Thu 27 Feb 2020   11:00 Finished

This course is about recharging your communication. It will cover:

  • Determine what effective communication means. Where do we start?
  • How to strengthen the relationships most important to us; work & home
  • Defusing difficult conversations; How to respond to difficult behaviour
  • The power of Active Listening to understand and communicate meaning more effectively


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CamBens and Financial Wellbeing new Fri 1 Feb 2019   12:15 Finished

This are a wide range of University of Cambridge benefits from wellbeing to help with child care, rental deposits, bicycle and car hire schemes to shopping and insurance discounts. There is something for everyone. This talk will also provide details of the 'Financial Wellbeing' initiative which the University will launch in the Lent term.

Comedy of Science - Michael Conterio new Fri 1 Feb 2019   15:00 Finished

Join Cambridge's Science Comedy Troupe, The Variables, for an hour of stand-up. Come and see the funny side of life in and out of the lab, how the universe seems to have it in for physicists, and everything!

FREE Nordic Walking Taster new Tue 29 Jan 2019   14:00 Finished

Nordic Walking is suitable for everyone and:

  • Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
  • Burns 20-40% more Calories than walking
  • Lessens the impact on knees and joints
  • Is great for neck, shoulders and back
  • Combines exercise and being in the outdoors, which has been proven to boost mood and relieve stress.

Come and try Nordic Walking with instructor Samantha Godfrey. A fun session is guaranteed!

FREE Pilates Taster new Thu 31 Jan 2019   13:00 Finished

Ever thought about trying Pilates? The health benefits of Pilates include improved flexibility. increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the 'core muscles' of your body).When not try this free taster session with Ros Mulvany.

FREE Yoga Taster new Thu 31 Jan 2019   14:00 Finished

Stretch and unwind with this free yoga class provided by Ros Mulvany. Incorporating yoga into your daily routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.

A talk specifically for Research/ Academic Staff by Liz Simmonds from the University Careers Service.

Studies show that people who manage stress and adversity best, have 3Cs in common: commitment, control and challenge. It is the combination of these three that constitutes resilience. We will explore the 3Cs to help you further develop attitudes and strategies to cultivate and facilitate resilience for current issues that you face.

Movement Medicine: a remedy for sitting at a desk new Fri 1 Feb 2019   11:45 Finished

According to research, UK workers are spending most of their day sitting down with the average time being 9 hours a day. This includes, sitting at work, sitting on the commute, sitting to eat and even sitting for recreational activities such as TV watching, reading or going to the cinema.

Too much sitting has many ramifications: lower back pain, muscle degeneration, tight hips/shoulders etc.

This is a low intensity mainly floor based exercise session, led by Tristan Coles of the University Sports Centre.

A session for Postdocs and what the OPdA can offer as support to the Postdoc community.

‘Let's talk about the mental health stigma in academia’ on Postdocs' Work and Family Life Series

This OPdA event will be a panel session about mental health problems among academics.

A recent report indicated that; 'In large-scale surveys, UK higher education staff have reported worse wellbeing than staff in other types of employment (including education, and health and social work) in the areas of work demands, change management, the support provided by managers and clarity about one's role.'*

Speakers

Amber Ruigrok and Nicole Horst

Tai Chi Taster new Mon 28 Jan 2019   13:00 Finished

Come and enjoy a free Tai Chi class. There is much more to tai chi than one can see, and virtually no one can describe such a complex art in one simple sentence. It can be a meditation and an integral exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It brings tranquillity and helps you think more clearly. Numerous studies have shown tai chi improves muscular strength, flexibility, fitness, improve immunity, relieve pain and improve quality of life. http://taichiofcambridge.com/

The Brainfit Workout new Tue 29 Jan 2019   13:00 Finished

THE BRAINFIT WORKOUT (TM) is a stress reducing positivity workout using movement, music and meditation with powerful affirmations.

We know that stress is a major culprit in the onset of health problems and diseases. It's also the reason many people are unable to lose bodyfat, especially aorund the mid section. Negative thought patterns and self-talk affect the whole body chemistry so THE BRAINFIT WORKOUT (TM) helps retrain that inner voice using powerful affirmations and mantras. The organisers say "it is truly the next generation of Group Fitness class fusing beautifully mind, body and spirit".

If you battle negative self-talk, suffer from psychological or physical stress, need to lower the fat storing and stress hormone Cortisol, want a softer approach to fitness, want a holistic approach to health and fitness, enjoy having fun in a group exercise class, you may benefit from this class.

Understanding Unconscious / Implicit Bias new Wed 30 Jan 2019   14:00 Finished

A talk by Dr Miriam Lynn

This thought provoking session enables staff to gain an understanding of the importance of recognising our bias and to begin thinking about the impact of our own bias in relation to the decisions we make and how we interact with colleagues and students.

Managing Stress During Times of Uncertainty new Tue 19 Mar 2019   16:00 Finished

The University Staff Counselling Service is offering this workshop for all staff, to be led by Rosemary Parkinson By attending this workshop you will learn

  • why you feel anxious and stressed and what is happening in your body
  • what you can do about anxiety in the short-term
  • how to spot medium and longer term symptoms of stress in yourself and others
  • how to take responsibility for yourself when stressed
  • sources of support in the university and outside

The session will be for a one hour duration with 15 minutes at the end for Q&A.

Running Activity new Unscheduled Not bookable

This running session will be organised by Helen Marshall and Richard King and will appeal to runners at different levels from beginners to more experienced runners. The activities will commence with a quick briefing and words of encouragement (in the first year lab). Runners will be provided with route information and the groups will have a group lead who will ensure that everyone is encouraged and walking/jogging or running at their level..

Depending on the level of interest 3 choices are proposed as follows:

1/ A 2km (roughly 1 mile) walk/jog which is aimed at people who don’t normally go jogging. The simple aim being to complete the very achievable distance. 2/ A 4km (roughly 2 mile) jog for people who feel able to keep running but at a nice slow pace. The aim being to complete the distance without stopping. 3/ A 5km run for experienced runners.

Please indicate which option you are interested in when booking.

After the event we will all meet up for a cup of tea.



Related courses provided by University Information Services - Staff Learning & Development



Time to Talk Day 2020 is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.

As part of the UIS Wellbeing initiative we are very pleased to invite Hisham Ziauddeen a Clinical Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and the University’s Wellbeing and Disability Champion to deliver a talk on Optimising Brain Functioning. He is a consultant psychiatrist working in early intervention in psychosis.

He will talk about how we model other minds and how we manage the cost of mental functioning. He will particularly discuss the impact of work and other stress and the phenomenon of burnout. These are complex problems that don’t have simple solutions but there are a range of things that may help and these will be discussed along the way.

What is the Search Inside Yourself programme?

The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) programme will teach emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration, and effective leadership.

Search Inside Yourself was born at Google from a dream to change the world. It began in 2007 when a team of leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence developed an internal course for fellow Google employees. It quickly became an incredibly popular training program within Google as well as other corporate, non-profit and government organisations around the world

The mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills you'll learn will help you:

  • Experience greater well-being, resilience and stress management
  • Improve performance, collaboration and empathy
  • Increase effectiveness and decision-making capacity
  • Cultivate innovative, creative thinking
  • Build more effective relationships

The Wellbeing Team invite UIS staff to join them for an open discussion on stress management. The group discussion will provide the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and techniques for managing stress. Participants from the recent Search Inside Yourself training event will share some of their learnings from the wellbeing training programme.