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What is Wellbeing and why is it important?

Based on research by the New Economics Foundation, the University has identified the Manchester Ways to Wellbeing: 6 actions to build into your day-to-day life in order to feel good and function well. Improving Wellbeing has a link not only to feeling better but also to functioning better. It helps with physical health, performance at work and study and quality of life.


Make contact with the people around you; with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and the community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in them. Get to know new people or rekindle old friendships – building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Learn & Discover

Make time to try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Learn to juggle, cook a new recipe, play an instrument, say hello in a new language. Set a challenge you’ll enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, inspire you, as well as being fun.

Be Active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Try a new sport or activity. Dance, play a game or dig the garden. Most importantly, discover an activity you enjoy and one that suits you. Being active makes you feel good.

Take Notice

Lift your eyes from the next deadline or demand. Catch sight of beautiful things. Appreciate the unusual. Notice the changing seasons, sit and watch the world go by. Savour the moment, whether you are on the way to university, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.


Do something for a friend, colleague or stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Help a neighbour or community group. Be kind to yourself and others. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding.

Be Healthy

Look after yourself – stay safe, respect your body, make healthy choices. Live, love and laugh. Cook real food and share a meal. Sleep away stress, take time off-line, spend a while enjoying silence. Being healthy will help you feel confident, alert and get the most out of life.

Your wellbeing is important

Wellness looks at how you concentrate on more than just physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is about the whole you and how you nurture all areas of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The University of Manchester is developing its Wellbeing framework and holds a number of Wellbeing events throughout the year.

In addition to the Wellbeing events The University of Manchester Counselling Service run an extensive timetable of free group sessions that help support your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health. Sessions will take place in the Wellbeing Rooms 1.63 and at the Alan Gilbert learning commons- for more information

Chill Out Room access is available 09:00 - 17:30 Monday to Friday.

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