Now we’re halfway through the year, it may be a good time to check in on your mental health and well-being. In January, there was a post with lots of suggestions for actions you can take to improve your wellbeing – did you do any of the suggestions? Do you have any of your own suggestions to share with other researchers?
Library Services are always keen to provide an environment that is conducive to research and well-being, and here are some things you may not have considered:
This space has been created for all members of the University to use and benefit from. It contains physical books, as well as online material available on the Wellbeing ResourceList, as well as material from the Wellbeing team and external organisations. There is also space and tools for relaxing activities such as colouring, which has gathered positive PGR feedback so far. The space is informal and comfortable, and suggestions of things to add are always welcome so if you have any thoughts please get in touch.
The Researcher Suite on the 1st floor of the Main Library is exclusively for academics and researchers, and is a special area designed to inspire and encourage you. The Library are very proud of the space and want the people who use the space to have input into how it is managed, and there are now comment cards for you to have your say. If you love something about the space or if you think something needs improving, please fill in a comment card.
Okay, I admit that if you are stressed by your work then a trip to a huge room full of books may not be your obvious choice but bear with me. The Research Reserve is on the Lower Ground floor of the Main Library and contains hundreds of thousands of books and pamphlets which cannot fail to raise at least a flicker of curiosity. As well as being in a near private space full of wonderful material, the space is temperature and humidity controlled – a closed environment – which means it retains that wonderful ‘old book’ smell too. You can find out how to access the Research Reserve here.
This initiative is an easy way of requesting that the Library add a book to its collection. You can request material specifically to support wellbeing, or an item for your research. Your supervisor is still your first contact for requesting research material but sometimes your supervisor may be away, so this gives you an alternative option.
Of course, if you are looking for personalised support for your mental health and wellbeing, see Mental Health and Wellbeing (Student Services).
Have you been looking after your wellbeing this year? If so, what wellbeing tips would you offer to other PGRs?