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Try something different to help you feel good this 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.
Once again teams dedicated to support your wellbeing have come together to bring you two weeks of great initiatives to help you feel good this February and beyond. This year's delivery team includes colleagues from Brookes Active, Occupational Health, OCSLD, Human Resources, Catering, staff experience and social responsibility.
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.
7.00 - 9.00PM
4.00 - 5.00pm
12.00 - 12.50pm
1.30 - 2.30
12.00 - 1.00pm
Indian head massage has been used for thousands of years as an effective way to relax and revitalise. In this workshop you will learn a simple but comprehensive series of strokes applied to the head, shoulder, back, neck and arm areas.
The methods are designed to promote relaxation and to relieve stress-related muscle tension. It helps to increase concentration and memory, alleviates headaches, neck and back pain and eases the stress often associated with the working at a desk. It can then be used to share with other friends and family. Book your free ticket here
3.00 - 4.00pm
Learn 5 simple exercises that touch on fundamental principles aimed at boosting mental, physical and psychological well-being. You will learn these practical and effective tools to embed into your daily life inviting you to become more focused, confident and kinder. Build on your foundations of ‘wellness’ and grow strong.
(Techniques: Tapping; Joint Freeing; Breathing; Gratitude and Appreciation; Body Scan)
12.15 - 1.15pm
Headington campus. Meet at the JHB reception
Wheatley Campus. Meet in front of main entrance reception
Harcourt Hill Campus. Meet in front of Brookes Union
Foraging is an ancient practice that is once again gaining popularity both as a source of 'wild' food and a way to better connect with our natural environment. This is a 60 minute walk with lots of stops that will provide an introduction to foraging and the plants, trees and fungi that can be found on our campuses. Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment:
Headington - fully booked
Wheatley - book your space here
Harcourt Hill - book your space here
Developing your creativity, the artist's way
2 February 10.00am-12.00pm
12.00 - 2.00pm
A group of colleagues who are trainee coaches on the ILM Coaching Level 3 course invite you to a taster session to experience workplace coaching in sessions of 20 minutes. They will be demonstrating the sort of listening and questioning skills that are used in coaching and hoping to show that coaching can open out your thinking to new perspectives - so that you can develop your own energy and creativity to tackle work-based issues.
The team will work confidentially with you in the coaching style.
This is a drop-in session, you can arrive at any time between 12pm and 1.40pm. You may discover through this experience that you wish to undertake the training yourself and the team present running this event can signpost you to the right contact in OCSLD for further information about training courses in coaching.
Brookes Sport offers a broad selection of classes. Staff can access them through a membership or on a pay as you go basis for the same great rate as students. Find full timetables at www.brookes.ac.uk/brookes-sport - booking essential.
29 January & 5 February
29 January, 1 February, 5 February & 8 February
31 January & 7 February
1 February & 8 February
Harcourt Hill Studio
30 January & 6 February
2 February & 9 February
CrossFit (all levels)
These 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.
Places are limited so booking is essential.
1.15 - 2.00pm
1.00 - 2.00pm
Wheatley - meet at the Wheatley Gym (Simon Williams Centre)
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. Book your place here:
Wheatley couch to 5k
Headington couch to 5k
Mindfulness can help us increase awareness and subsequently make more skillful choices in our everyday lives. When we are more present, we are often more aware, 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. Over the 6 weeks you will develop the tools to understand how to apply mindfulness to your every-day life. Book your space here
12 March - new date!
FH101 Lecture Theatre
The session aims to ensure DSE assessors are confident and competent to undertake DSE assessments in the workplace and are able to:
Book your space here
Chaplaincy, BCK G.20
A non-denominational directed breathing meditation for relaxation.
Chaplaincy, BCK G.20
Join the Brookes Active Workplace Challenge to monitor your activity, challenge yourself to maintain an active lifestyle and win prizes for taking part.
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.
Oxford Brookes is proud to be part of the annual celebration of LGBT History Month. Discover this year’s programme and join in.