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Department of Physics - Wellbeing Sessions 2018-19

Programme of events provided by Department of Physics - Health & Safety
(Mon 28 Jan 2019 - Tue 19 Mar 2019)

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Mon 28 Jan – Tue 19 Mar

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Monday 28 January

13:00
Tai Chi Taster new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Lecture Theatre Foyer Extension Room 155A

Come and enjoy a free Tai Chi class. There is much more to tai chi than one can see, and virtually no one can describe such a complex art in one simple sentence. It can be a meditation and an integral exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It brings tranquillity and helps you think more clearly. Numerous studies have shown tai chi improves muscular strength, flexibility, fitness, improve immunity, relieve pain and improve quality of life. http://taichiofcambridge.com/

14:00
OPDA - PostDocs Work and Family Life: Let's talk about mental health stigma in academia new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Department of Physics, Mott Seminar Room

‘Let's talk about the mental health stigma in academia’ on Postdocs' Work and Family Life Series

This OPdA event will be a panel session about mental health problems among academics.

A recent report indicated that; 'In large-scale surveys, UK higher education staff have reported worse wellbeing than staff in other types of employment (including education, and health and social work) in the areas of work demands, change management, the support provided by managers and clarity about one's role.'*

Speakers

Amber Ruigrok and Nicole Horst

Tuesday 29 January

11:00
How resilient are you? Cultivating resilience for wellbeing in an academic career new Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Department of Physics, Ryle Seminar Room

A talk specifically for Research/ Academic Staff by Liz Simmonds from the University Careers Service.

Studies show that people who manage stress and adversity best, have 3Cs in common: commitment, control and challenge. It is the combination of these three that constitutes resilience. We will explore the 3Cs to help you further develop attitudes and strategies to cultivate and facilitate resilience for current issues that you face.

13:00
The Brainfit Workout new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Lecture Theatre Foyer Extension Room 155A

THE BRAINFIT WORKOUT (TM) is a stress reducing positivity workout using movement, music and meditation with powerful affirmations.

We know that stress is a major culprit in the onset of health problems and diseases. It's also the reason many people are unable to lose bodyfat, especially aorund the mid section. Negative thought patterns and self-talk affect the whole body chemistry so THE BRAINFIT WORKOUT (TM) helps retrain that inner voice using powerful affirmations and mantras. The organisers say "it is truly the next generation of Group Fitness class fusing beautifully mind, body and spirit".

If you battle negative self-talk, suffer from psychological or physical stress, need to lower the fat storing and stress hormone Cortisol, want a softer approach to fitness, want a holistic approach to health and fitness, enjoy having fun in a group exercise class, you may benefit from this class.

14:00
FREE Nordic Walking Taster new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Department of Physics, 213 Bragg Commitee Room

Nordic Walking is suitable for everyone and:

  • Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
  • Burns 20-40% more Calories than walking
  • Lessens the impact on knees and joints
  • Is great for neck, shoulders and back
  • Combines exercise and being in the outdoors, which has been proven to boost mood and relieve stress.

Come and try Nordic Walking with instructor Samantha Godfrey. A fun session is guaranteed!

Wednesday 30 January

14:00
Understanding Unconscious / Implicit Bias new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Department of Physics, Ryle Seminar Room

A talk by Dr Miriam Lynn

This thought provoking session enables staff to gain an understanding of the importance of recognising our bias and to begin thinking about the impact of our own bias in relation to the decisions we make and how we interact with colleagues and students.

Thursday 31 January

13:00
FREE Pilates Taster new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Lecture Theatre Foyer Extension Room 155A

Ever thought about trying Pilates? The health benefits of Pilates include improved flexibility. increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the 'core muscles' of your body).When not try this free taster session with Ros Mulvany.

14:00
FREE Yoga Taster new Finished 14:00 - 14:45 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Lecture Theatre Foyer Extension Room 155A

Stretch and unwind with this free yoga class provided by Ros Mulvany. Incorporating yoga into your daily routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.

Friday 1 February

11:45
Movement Medicine: a remedy for sitting at a desk new Finished 11:45 - 12:15 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Lecture Theatre Foyer Extension Room 155A

According to research, UK workers are spending most of their day sitting down with the average time being 9 hours a day. This includes, sitting at work, sitting on the commute, sitting to eat and even sitting for recreational activities such as TV watching, reading or going to the cinema.

Too much sitting has many ramifications: lower back pain, muscle degeneration, tight hips/shoulders etc.

This is a low intensity mainly floor based exercise session, led by Tristan Coles of the University Sports Centre.

12:15
CamBens and Financial Wellbeing new Finished 12:15 - 13:00 Department of Physics, Ryle Seminar Room

This are a wide range of University of Cambridge benefits from wellbeing to help with child care, rental deposits, bicycle and car hire schemes to shopping and insurance discounts. There is something for everyone. This talk will also provide details of the 'Financial Wellbeing' initiative which the University will launch in the Lent term.

15:00
Comedy of Science - Michael Conterio new Finished 15:00 - 16:00 Department of Physics, Pippard Lecture Theatre

Join Cambridge's Science Comedy Troupe, The Variables, for an hour of stand-up. Come and see the funny side of life in and out of the lab, how the universe seems to have it in for physicists, and everything!

Tuesday 5 March

16:00
Managing Stress During Times of Uncertainty new Finished 16:00 - 17:15 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Small Lecture Theatre

The University Staff Counselling Service is offering this workshop for all staff, to be led by Rosemary Parkinson By attending this workshop you will learn

  • why you feel anxious and stressed and what is happening in your body
  • what you can do about anxiety in the short-term
  • how to spot medium and longer term symptoms of stress in yourself and others
  • how to take responsibility for yourself when stressed
  • sources of support in the university and outside

The session will be for a one hour duration with 15 minutes at the end for Q&A.

Tuesday 19 March

16:00
Managing Stress During Times of Uncertainty new Finished 16:00 - 17:15 Department of Physics, Bragg Building, Small Lecture Theatre

The University Staff Counselling Service is offering this workshop for all staff, to be led by Rosemary Parkinson By attending this workshop you will learn

  • why you feel anxious and stressed and what is happening in your body
  • what you can do about anxiety in the short-term
  • how to spot medium and longer term symptoms of stress in yourself and others
  • how to take responsibility for yourself when stressed
  • sources of support in the university and outside

The session will be for a one hour duration with 15 minutes at the end for Q&A.