The University of Manchester has identified Six Ways to Wellbeing, which are based on research by the New Economics Foundation. These are; Connect, Give, Take Notice, Be Active, Be Healthy and Learn & Discover.

The idea of ‘taking notice’ is one which is often overlooked because it can seem more abstract than the others. But with deadlines looming, exam stress starting to take its toll, and the pressure of the New Year/ new decade hanging around, it can be crucial to step back and take notice of what is going on around us.

No matter what stage you are at in your academic journey, it is important to recognise the necessity for taking time to reflect on your surroundings and be proud of all your achievements, no matter how small they may seem.

How can you do this in your daily life?

Well, this can vary from person to person. Catch sight of beautiful things, appreciate the unusual, or simply sit back and watch the world go by. The University of Manchester offers an abundance of activities to support this way to wellbeing. As well as this, The Living Campus Group have developed a bespoke app to allow students to record sightings of 19 urban wildlife species. The counselling service also offers a number of useful classes, providing the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect and take notice. From “Mindfulness for mental wellbeing” to “Learning how to relax”, you are bound to find an activity that suits the way in which you choose to take notice.

If the thought of a group session isn’t for you, perhaps massage therapy is more up your street. Based in the Wellbeing Rooms of the Simon building, Kathleen Markham specialises in providing a holistic service to enhance people’s wellbeing; mentally, emotionally and physically. The wide range of treatments can be tailored to your individual needs.

These are only a few of the ways you can choose to take notice. Try things out, alone, with a friend or in a group. Find what works for you because reflecting on your experiences makes you appreciate what matters to you.

By Caitlin O’Connell