#DULibWellbeing Guide

Exams and assessment period. Self-care and wellbeing.

Two phrases that should go hand in hand, right?

We know what you’re thinking. “Wellbeing? Yeah, right – I don’t have time for that! I’ve got so much studying to do!”

But did you know that taking a break from your studies can actually be very beneficial? Believe it or not, breaks can help to have a positive impact on your productivity and help to boost your performance. Not to mention your wellbeing which, let’s face it, might have taken a bit of a battering over the last 12 months or so…

Self-care should be a top priority. Including regular breaks and relaxing activities in your revision schedule is so important (see above re: productivity and performance). Making sure you eat well, keep active and get a good night’s sleep should also be top of your list – as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty jug!

Taking a break: rowing on the Wear

Here at University Library and Collections, we know just how important it is to help support your wellbeing, especially during these unprecedented times. Our Wellbeing Guide gives you access to resources and information to support you, wherever you are during the current pandemic, exam and assessment period and beyond.

Here’s an idea of just some of the resources you’ll find…

  1. Revision and exams

The University has a wide range of information available to help you to plan your revision schedule and has lots of information about online exams, a relatively new experience for most (thanks to Covid!) There are also details of University support services and Student Welfare Support in the colleges, all of which are available to you throughout your time at Durham.

  • Wellbeing eBooks and eResources

How could we not mention the wealth of online resources we have available in our collections for wellbeing, mindfulness and self-care? We have collated some of these resources which are available online (so you can access them anytime, anywhere 😊) and also have the details of titles added to our collections through Liberate My Library.

  • Mental wellbeing

Here you will find information on mindfulness, links to mental health toolkits and support resources while staying at home. There’s also a Mindful Breathing Exercise video from Every Mind Matters, which you may find useful.

  • Take a break

Providing you with ideas and inspiration to help you switch off from your work, including exploring some of our amazing online exhibitions, joining our very own book club, arts and crafts ideas and cookery ebooks from our collections.

  • Box of Broadcasts

Specifically curated for our wellbeing guide, our Box of Broadcasts playlists offer a variety of films and television programmes, from iconic films to relaxing “Slow TV”. Perfect for a complete distraction for an hour or so. These are only a few of the resources we have available – there are many others we hope you’ll find beneficial. Take a look to see for yourself… https://durham-uk.libguides.com/wellbeing/

A beautiful sunset over Durham

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