• Feel Good Festival 2020

      Feel Good Festival

      17 February - 28 February 2020

  • Feel Good Festival 

    Try something different to help you feel good in February!

    We believe wellbeing is fundamental to a positive staff experience; the Feel Good Festival provides an ideal opportunity for you to take stock of your overall wellbeing and try something new.

    Every year teams dedicated to support your wellbeing come together to bring you two weeks of great initiatives to help you feel good in February and beyond. Feel Good Festival 2019 was brought to you by colleagues from Brookes Active, Communications, Occupational Health, OCSLD, Human Resources and Staff Experience.               

    The underlying themes of the Festival, which research has shown to make a major contribution to how we feel, are the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’:

    Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.

    Zeno of Citium
    1. Be active and care for your body
    2. Connect with the people around you
    3. Keep learning
    4. Give to others
    5. Take notice

    By making small lifestyle changes to fit in exercise, eat healthily and take time to relax, we can give more energy to these five behaviours that help us to feel good, appreciate those around us and get the most from life at home and at work.

    Explore the Festival Programme for 2020

  • What When Where Details
    6 Practices for Managing Overwhelm

    18 February 2020

    11.00am - 12.30pm

    CLC.1.07, Clerici Building, Headington Campus Do you want to learn how to manage stressful and overwhelming events?

    This practical workshop will equip you in the day to day mindful exercises. so that you can take control of your emotions before they take control of you. We will look into breathing, body scanning, grounding, mindful seeing, a quick self-care practice and why separating your thoughts from sensations and emotions improves your relationship with yourself and others.

    Email experthub@sayanything.co.uk to book.

    6 Practices for Managing Overwhelm

    25 February 2020

    11.30am - 12.30pm

    FG07, Harcourt Hill Do you want to learn how to manage stressful and overwhelming events?

    This practical workshop will equip you in the day to day mindful exercises. so that you can take control of your emotions before they take control of you. We will look into breathing, body scanning, grounding, mindful seeing, a quick self-care practice and why separating your thoughts from sensations and emotions improves your relationship with yourself and others.

    Email experthub@sayanything.co.uk to book.

    Reflective Practice: the power of expressive writing

    25 February 2020

    12.30pm - 1.00pm

    FG07, Harcourt Hill

    Do you sometimes wish to say things that are not "acceptable"?
    Withholding your deepest worries and concerns can have a detrimental effect on your mental and physical health. Learn a simple (but not easy) exercise for daily use to find relief whenever you need it.

    Email experthub@sayanything.co.uk to book.

    5 Gears: Test drive your life as a vehicle

    27 February 2020

    10.00am - 11.30am

    ClC.1.08, Clerici, Headington Campus

    Do you want to learn how to effectively juggle work and home life when there’s never enough time?
    Following this event you will:
    · Know how to be in the right gear at the right time
    · Understand which gears you over-use or neglect
    · Be productive and enhance your relationships
    · Transform your day from a bad one to a good one

    Email experthub@sayanything.co.uk to book.

    Mindfulness (6 week session) 18 February to 24 March 2020

    BCK.G.20, Garden Room, Buckley Building, Headington Campus

    Mindfulness can help us increase awareness and make more skillful choices in our everyday lives. When we are more present, we are often more aware and less reactive and can make decisions from a stronger, clearer place. Mindfulness helps to reduce stress, enhances focus, increases self-awareness and awareness of others, enables you to communicate more clearly and feel more relaxed and at ease. This 6 week course will help you develop the tools you need to understand how to apply mindfulness to your everyday life.

    Book Here.

    Wellbeing Workshops

    21 February and 18 March 2020

    or

    26 February and 25 March 2020

     

    9.30am - 1.00pm

    Headington Campus

    A two-part workshop to help understand the concepts and factors influencing stress, resilience and wellbeing in the workplace, and develop strategies for effective individual and team functioning.

    Book Here.

    Mental Health First Aid Training 24 February and 25 February 2020

    Headington Campus

    Mental health first aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. On this two day course you will learn how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

    Book Here.

    Mental Health First Aid Training Annual Refresher

    9 March 2020

    9.30am

    Headington Campus

    A recommended refresher training session for anyone already trained as a Mental Health First Aider.

    Book Here.

    What When Where Details

    Fitness & Body Assessment

    24 February 2020 & 27 February 2020

    6.30am - 12.30pm

    Physiotherapy Room by the Sport Hall

    Headington Campus

    Drop in for a 5 minute body assessment with Nye. No need to book a spot!

    Book through the Brookes Sports website, in person or by phone. Bookings open a week before the event.

    Fitness & Body Assessment

    26 February 2020 & 28 February 2020

    6.30am - 12.30pm

    Training Room at the Sport Centre

    Harcourt Hill Campus

    Drop in for a 5 minute body assessment with Nye. No need to book a spot!

    Book through the Brookes Sports website, in person or by phone. Bookings open a week before the event.

    Fitness Bootcamp with Max

    24 February 2020

    10.00am - 11.00am

    27 February 2020

    3.00pm - 4.00pm

    Studio, Brookes Sport Headington

    Join Max's Fitness Bootcamp! Warm up with a few fun games before making your way through a wave of different exercises. Beginners, intermediates and experts are all welcome!

    To confirm your place, contact Max at mclark@brookes.ac.uk

    Walk and Talk Socials

    Thursdays

    12:30pm

    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington campus

    Heading out from in front of the JHB at 12:30pm, the 30-40 minute sessions give staff an easy opportunity to get active by exploring the local area, as well as having a chat with some new people you might not otherwise meet. Participants get a free pedometer!

    For more information, please email mark.mackintosh@brookes.ac.uk.

    Step and Vibe Bollywood dance session

    26 February 2020

    5.30pm - 6.15pm

    Dance Studio, Headington Campus

    Come along and have some fun learning a basic Bollywood dance routine. No natural rhythm or dancing experience required, just enthusiasm and energy!

    Book through the Brookes Sports website, in person or by phone.

    Nutrition Workshops with Beth 

    17 February 2020 & 24 February 2020

    12.15pm 

    Headington Centre for Sport, Headington Campus Join one of Beth's Nutrition Workshops! A different food group will be highlighted each session. No need to book - just drop in! 

    The Chaplaincy team organises regular events throughout the academic year. Events are open to everyone - both students and staff, and for people of any faith or no faith. View the full timetable here

    What When Where Details
    Introduction to Meditation for Relaxation

    18 February 2020

    12 noon

    Multifaith Chaplaincy Garden Room

    (BCK.G.20)

    An introduction to meditation and breathing techniques to help you relax.
    Meditation for Relaxation

    Tuesdays

    12 noon

    Multifaith Chaplaincy Garden Room

    (BCK.G.20)

    A non-denominational directed breathing meditation for relaxation.
    Crafternoon Tea

    17 February 2020

    1:00pm

    Multifaith Chaplaincy Garden Room

    (BCK.G.20)

    Drop in for craft and a chat. Bring your own project, learn a new skill, or just come for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome.
    Crafternoon Tea

    24 February 2020

    1.00pm

    Glasgow Room, Harcourt Hill Drop in for craft and a chat. Bring your own project, learn a new skill, or just come for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome.
    Crafternoon Tea - crochet workshop

    26 February 2020

    1.00pm

    Multifaith Chaplaincy Garden Room

    (BCK.G.20)

    A special Crafternoon Tea session for those looking to pick up a new skill.
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