The Great Student Wellbeing Experiment
Welcome to the Great Student Wellbeing Experiment!
Thank you for helping us test the science.
You have been randomly selected to test the relevance of Functional Tools in improving student wellbeing.
To help achieve wellbeing, you sometimes need to be able to change your mindset, get a different perspective, and adopt new behaviours. To be able to maintain wellbeing you need to be able to do these things regularly and you need to initiate this functioning yourself.
In order to do this, we need to be shown how and then we can adopt these tools for our benefit.
Please take the next 3 weeks to follow these simple tasks to help find out your answers. We suggest splitting it by doing and thinking time – 30 mins a day doing the task and 30 mins a day thinking it through.
After Each Task:
Find yourself a pen, notebook, time, quiet space and an open mind
Spend some time reflecting and take note of how it has made you feel. Would you do it again?
Please note this is simply guidance and there is no wrong way to do this
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If we follow our plan too closely we can lose sight of other opportunities and interesting things.
Do something differently – walk a different way, drive a new route, speak to someone new and make a note of what you learn by being open to new situations.
Balance is something that happens to play a role in our wellbeing. We need to balance our time with the things that we have to do and the things that make us happy.
Place them all on a spider diagram
like the example shown.
Take the total number of activities (5 in this case) and give them each a number to represent how happy they each make you (1 being the happiest) e.g Meeting with friends 1, hobbies 2, lectures 3, uni work 4, part time jobs 5
Then using the same number system give them each number to represent how much time you spend doing them (1 being the most) e.g Uni work 1, Uni work 2, part time job 3, hobbies 4, meeting with friends 5
Then compare the scores, are there any imbalances. In this example, meeting with friends and hobbies make us most happy and we spend the least time doing them.
If there are differences that you would like to address, how could you change the status quo? In this case, a commitment could be made to start work an hour earlier so it can be finished an hour earlier and the time can be spent with friends.
This technique can be applied to different situations – you could consider the balance of your time with your friends or family – do they all make you happy? If not, where are the imbalances?
Do another spider chart to resolve an issue. Think of a situation where this is tension – with your family, group of friends or flatmates?
Put each person in on the spider and use the scales as follows:
Who is frustrating you the most?
How much effort and time are you putting into each person?
Check for imbalances and if you want to address them, think through a simple plan
Thank you for taking part in the Great Student Wellbeing Experiment.
We will send you the second survey to enable us to look at the differences this project may have made.
If you are interested to hear the results of the project or to learn more about Tasting Colours work please register your interest here