Looking after our wellbeing is always important and Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance for us to highlight some of the ways we can do this. On the theme of ‘anxiety’, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is from 15 to 21 May. A lot is happening on campus and online; check out the website for all the details.
See below for some activities taking place in the Library.
Room to Relax
We have a dedicated space where you can take a break away from your work in order to recharge and refresh. The area is equipped for mindfulness, quietly relaxing, or browsing the many wellbeing resources available. Within the space, you’ll find comfy seating, cushions, blankets, and an assortment of materials designed to enhance your sense of wellbeing. You will also find the library’s collection of books on the topic of health and wellbeing. Most importantly, you can relax and enjoy the views of our beautiful campus. The Library Wellbeing Space is located on level 2 next to the Short Loan Collection.
Journalling and Colouring for Mindfulness
Journalling and colouring can help reduce anxiety and promote wellbeing. Visit the Library Wellbeing space to pick up a journalling or colouring sheet today. You can also download them from our Virtual Wellbeing Space.
Health and Wellbeing Collection
We have an assortment of materials designed to enhance your sense of wellbeing in our Library Wellbeing Space. You will also find the library’s collection of books on the topic of anxiety. Pop into the Library Wellbeing Space to borrow a book from our health and wellbeing collection.
Puzzle it Out
Jigsaw puzzles can be a great way to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Take a break and help us complete our jigsaw. Immersing yourself in a jigsaw puzzle can serve as an exercise in mindfulness and help relieve anxiety. Jigsaw puzzles are a great meditation tool as they allow you to focus on just one thing. Quieting the constant demands for your attention by engaging in a single task can put your mind into a meditation-like state. The library jigsaw can be found on level two of the library near the main entrance.
Bring a Book. Take a Book.
Reading can be a great way to help manage anxiety. Pop into the library to bring a book and take a book from our book swap bookcase. The book swap is also a great way to save money, recycle old books and read new ones. The book swap is located in the Library Wellbeing Space on level two next to the Short Loan Collection.
Virtual Library Wellbeing Space
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