Wellbeing

The pace of Oxford life means it’s easy to forget to take care of your own health and wellbeing. However, looking after yourself while you’re here will help you to concentrate on your work, prevent you procrastinating and allow you to enjoy your time away from studying.

Some simple tips that can contribute to a healthy and productive time in Oxford are available on our 'Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle' document.

Below is advice and links to help you deal with any longer-term or more serious difficulties that may be affecting your wellbeing:

 

UNIVERSITY WELARE RESOURCES:

  • Here you can find a range of excellent podcasts and online advice for students struggling with a range of problems, including sleep, procrastination, perfection and revision skills.

 

EATING:

 

SLEEP:

  • Our intranet page about Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle gives tips on improving the quality of your sleep.

  • If you are struggling with insomnia, this NHS website has some helpful advice and support links.

 

ALCOHOL:

  • There are no safe levels of alcohol consumption, however there are recommendations for alcohol excess which have been revised to 14 units per week for both men and women, spread evenly across the week, with drink-free days.

  • 14 units is – 6 pints of 4% beer, or 6 175ml glasses of 13% wine, or 14 25ml shots of 40% spirits. 

  • Head to Drink Aware for more facts and ways to control your alcohol consumption.

  • The Oxford University Counselling Service is available to all Oxford students free of charge – they offer individual and group counselling sessions with professional counsellors, and have lots of useful advice, information and links on their Drugs & Alcohol webpage.

 

DRUGS:

  • Talk to Frank is a useful website for facts on drugs, as well as advice and support for anyone struggling with a drug problem.

  • The Oxford University Counselling Service is available to all Oxford students free of charge – they offer individual and group counselling sessions with professional counsellors, and have lots of useful advice, information and links on their Drugs & Alcohol webpage.

 

SMOKING / CIGARETTES

 

FURTHER SUPPORT:

  • At Pembroke, the Junior Deans, Welfare Reps and Peer Supporters are all bound by confidentiality (this means they won’t speak to anyone about what is disclosed to them, unless they have permission from the person in question, or believe this person to be a serious threat to themselves or others). They are a useful first port of call if you need a chat or some more information about support for any of the above issues.

  • If you would like to book an appointment with OUSU counselling, information can be found here.