'I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.' - Audre Lorde
Student wellbeing is hugely important. As a School, we are doing our best to make sure that we understand this, and the ways in which we can inadvertently make it more difficult for our students to look after their wellbeing.
We know that exams and assessments can put our students under a lot of stress and pressure, which is why we work with the King's Wellbeing team to support initiatives such as the Take Time Out campaign, to run our own wellbeing-centred pop-ups and events, and to run large-scale events like the Summer Day Out. We design these events specifcally to help give you the space to enjoy yourselves and unwind, to build a sense of community amongst our students and staff, and to remind you that the School is here to support you when you're struggling.
There are lots of dedicated resources at King's to help you if you're struggling with looking after your wellbeing, or if you think there might be something deeper going wrong:
King's Wellbeing are part of the Health & Wellbeing team at King's. Their team consists of a number of trained Coaches who provide free coaching sessions to help you set personal goals and targets. These might relate to your academic progression, co-curricular development, or simply to building activities which are good for your wellbeing into your daily routine.
A great way for many of us to maintain a positive sense of wellbeing is through sport and physical activity. The positive effects of physical activity are holistic: they can help to support and energise both the body and the mind! Have a look at all that King's Sport have to offer, or if you're looking for something physical but not necessarily sports-based, take a look at the activities available as part of their BeActive programme!
Counselling sessions provide students with a space to identify, explore and address a problem which is impacting on their day-to-day lives and experiences. Sessions are not about giving advice, but about assisting students to understand the problem that they are facing, and to help themselves to remedy or manage this issue over time.
To register for an appointment, head to the Counselling webpages.
The School have been involved in training students in Peer-to-Peer Support, as provided by the King's Counselling Service. This is an informal means of allowing students to explore any specific issues which might be getting in the way of your study or social life, and to talk these through with an impartial student colleague.
We know that, often, it will be most helpful to talk through an issue with your friends or those around you, before seeking any professional support. Peer-to-Peer Support aims to emulate this, providing students with a trained student they can talk to, equipped with skills in effective listening, sensitive communication, confidentiality, boundaries and effective mechanisms for professional support.
If you like the sound of this scheme, and would like to receive training to join our Peer Support Network, email Jack Kilker, School Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.
Program: LL.B Law
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Quote: Our journey to get to King's has been a very exhausting and competitive journey, and now that we are here it's more of the same. I believe it's important, in the midst of all that, to remember that we as students are still here for one another to support each other through it all and that is everything peer support is about. It's about offering a helping hand to those who reach out, an ear to listen, a person to be there when you need it most.
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A little while ago, we asked students in the School of Law to tell us what they do for self-care. Below are some of their responses, and we hope you can take some inspiration from the suggestions of your peers on great ways to unwind, recharge and put yourself first!
'Play sports and don't think about your work for a while!'
'Write your mood down on a piece of paper.'
'Have a nap!'
'Reach out and ask for help: be kind to yourself.'
'Treat yourself! (Board games, food, sports, movies, video games...)'
'Indulge yourself in nice food!'
'Breathe with your abdomen.'
'Listen to music that you love while revising!'