Look after yourself

Managing your wellbeing is an important skill to develop. It will help you to reach your full potential and have a happier time at University. It can help to think about being well as something you do, rather than something you are.

Ten steps to improve your wellbeing

  1. Connect - with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. These relationships can help you to feel happier and safer.
  2. Be active – exercise can improve your mood, confidence and ability to think clearly.
  3. Notice – it's easy to rush around or waste time on your phone. Take a look around, you could see something new or start a conversation with someone new
  4. Learn – broadening your horizons can open doors and create opportunities.
  5. Give – even the smallest act can make you and others happier
  6. Appreciate - the people, places and things around you.
  7. Go outdoors - nature can help to reduce any levels of depression, anxiety or stress
  8. Let others know - Keeping silent can make you feel lonely, we can’t always see the bigger picture alone.
  9. Eat well - a better diet will improve your mood, energy levels and ability to think clearly.
  10. Rest and sleep - sleep helps your body to repair and taking regular breaks can improve your focus and memory.

What you can do

NHS and Live Well Bristol have more information and suggestions for things you can do.

If you need more wellbeing support

There may be times when you need more support and there is always someone to talk to. The first point of contact is your academic school. 

Who to talk to in your academic school

  • Undergraduates have personal tutors. Your personal tutor is usually the first person to talk to. An alternative is your senior tutor. Schools nominate non-academic staff who you can talk to instead, if you prefer. 
  • If you have a disability, you can talk to your School Disability Coordinator
  • Postgraduate students have access to tutors and/or supervisors, depending on your programme.

Who to talk to in your residence

If you are in University-allocated accommodation you can talk to your Warden, Student Support Administrator, Deputy Warden or Senior Residents. Contacts are available from the accommodation listings page. Select your residence. Contact information is in the "Advice and support" section of the residence guide.

If you need more specialist support, you can access a range of student supoprt services.

International students

The welfare of students at The University of Bristol is very important to us and we have a well-developed network of support services to help guide you during your time here.

If you would like to make contact with us on a specific issue, please refer to the information above, so the appropriate team can support and advise you further.

Find out more about accessing health care in the UK, what medical care you are eligible for and what is available.

Helpful resources

We hope these pages empower you to manage your own wellbeing and to get the most from your time at the University of Bristol.

Find a doctor

  1. Join the Students' Health Service:
  2. Find a doctor (GP) if you live outside of the Students' Health Service catchment area.

Student healthapp

Get help managing common health problems using the free student health app developed with the University.

Dentists and other medical services

There are other medical services you might need to ensure you stay in good health. 

Dealing with unhealthy habits

Stress and anxiety can cause people to abuse substances like drugs, alcohol or food for varied and complicated reasons.

If you are worried about yourself or someone you know. Find out what help is available.

Happiness Pulse

The Happiness Pulse is an online, self-assessment tool which can help you find out what makes you happy and helps the University improve the support we provide for you.

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