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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
Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.
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.
Open Lecture: Happiness is Just a Goal Away
We will introduce one of Africa's most popular drums, the
from West Africa. Experience the joy and power of this ancient art form and discover the drummer within!
Stretch, enjoy sweet smells and relax!
Learn these three techniques: Desk yoga, essential oils for reducing stress; Body scan.
Open your breath, gently strengthen your core, experience inner calm.
The following workshop will cover, emotional health and wellbeing and Learning the Keys of Resilience, the knowledge, behaviours, and skills that can enhance resilience. You will identify practical steps they can take to build resilience and build
a personalised action plan.
Dragon Slaying Stories
Discover how the stories we tell ourselves shape our brains and how to create your own dragon slaying stories - stories that will boost your energy and confidence at work.
Tech in Mental Health
Meet the AI friends that are reshaping our mental health and wellbeing. Is it only humans that can help humans?
You can now watch the seminar here.
This workshop looks at ways to use our emotions to help us enhance our sense of well-being. You will explore the purpose of emotions, how to use our awareness of feelings to enhance our understanding and ways to express feelings safely and
If you are interested in coaching or have been thinking you might benefit from coaching come along to meet the Brookes coaching pool.
They will be on hand to share their own experiences of coaching and why they believe it is such a helpful intervention for so many people.
Staff can access Brookes Sport classes through a membership or on a pay as you go basis for the same great rate as students. Check out the
Brookes Active Get Into
timetable for all classes available.
Learn some Strictly skills with this fun lunchtime jive session ideal for beginners or those with experience.
Come along and have some fun learning a basic Bollywood dance routine. No natural rhythm or dancing experience required, just enthusiasm and energy.
For a limited time, staff can enjoy free swimming without a membership.
Mondays and Wednesdays
12:00 - 13:00
Stretch and Relax to energise your day. £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.
20:00 - 21:00
Develop your Strictly skills! £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.
These free 20 minute private consultations offer an opportunity to asses how the choices you make with your lifestyle affect your health and body composition. Using state of the art equipment we will provide you with a full body composition
analysis, blood pressure, functional movement test and a lifestyle review, with practical advice on how to improve your health.
These checks are not designed to replace a consultation with a doctor or other health professional. The results may highlight areas you wish to focus on or seek further guidance.
Couch to 5k
7 February - 25 April 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Headington - meet at Headington Sports Centre
Led by a qualified run leader, this 12 week course will take you from absolute beginner to being able to run 5km, with a target of taking part in the Harcourt Hill parkrun on Saturday 28 April. The course will start at a very low level with plenty
of walking, building gradually each week so that you run for longer periods of time. The course is completely free and the leader is a volunteer member of staff.
For more information and booking
4 February 2019
27 March 2019
Calling mental health champions - develop a good understanding of common mental health problems and how to help.
Book your space here.
31 January 2019
1 February 2019
Mental health first aid - learn how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.
Express interest in this course here.
Untangle the mind with kindness. Over the 6 weeks you will develop the tools to understand how to apply mindfulness to your every-day life.
Book your space here
Build your confidence as a DSE assessors and practice the skills needed to undertake DSE assessments in the workplace.
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
13:00 - 15:00
Oxford Brookes is committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive working environment which supports colleagues to flourish and to enjoy what they do.
Explore the many excellent services supporting staff wellbeing at Brookes and our approach to fostering a culture of belonging and inclusion for all.
The Multifaith Chaplaincy is here to offer friendship and spiritual care to all members of the University. Find out more on these webpages.
The Equality Diversity and Inclusion team organise a programme of events and activities in support of a culture of respect and support. Find out more on these web pages.