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University Mental Health Day

Thursday 3 March 2022

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University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a priority.


So come and join us for a variety of free mental and physical wellbeing sessions either in-person or virtually.

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Join Gym Instructor, Peter Antonio, on Zoom for a mindful session which will introduce you to the practise of meditation, and discover the benefits of integrating meditation into your daily routine.


Morning Meditation: 9.30am

Refresh Your Mind: 12.30pm


How will meditation improve my mental health? 

If you feel like you don’t have time to meditate, it’s likely you need to do it even more! Having such a busy lifestyle may mean that there is an even greater need to slow down and look inwards to determine what is really important to you and what you want to be focusing your time and attention on.


When should I practice meditation?

Formal meditation practice should just be a precursor to a more mindful daily existence. Going from sitting meditation straight into old patterns can hinder potential benefits. try to practice ‘being mindful’ in day-to-day tasks too. 



Slow Flow Yoga

Whether you’re new to yoga or a regular, join Rosanna for Slow Flow Yoga. Focusing on coordinating breath with a flow of movement between poses. This class is a great way to improve fitness, flexibility and wellbeing. 


Dojo, Second Floor of Sport & Fitness

1 – 1.45pm – Fully booked

4 – 4.45pm


Why is yoga good for my mental health?

The restorative and balancing benefits of yoga for both your body and your mind are well-researched. By focusing your mind on your posture, balance and breathing, you will strengthen the apart of your brain which plays a key role in memory, attention, awareness, thought and language. Regular practice can make you feel more mentally resilient and present.


When should I practice yoga? 

This will be different for every individual. Early morning yoga can help awaken your mind and body for the day. Taking a yoga break during the day can allow you time to breathe and rebalance and prevent stress from accumulating and causing fatigue in the afternoon. Evening yoga can regenerate you after the day’s strains and stresses allowing you to feel calm as you leave campus for the day.





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Climbing Taster Session

Discover the mental and physical benefits of climbing with a one-hour climbing taster session.


No prior experience or special equipment is needed, just wear trainers and clothes you can move freely in. Each climbing taster session can accommodate six people so register your interest now as places will fill up fast!


Climbing Wall, Sport & Fitness

1 – 2pm – FULLY BOOKED

2.15 – 3.15pm – FULLY BOOKED

3.30 – 4.30pm – FULLY BOOKED


Why is climbing good for my mental health?

Climbing uses every limb, every digit and every thought as you become immersed in the challenge of staying on the wall, finding your next hold and completing the route. Take your mind off work and the day-to-day stresses of life with the exciting physical and mental challenge of climbing.


Indoor Cycle

Join Cai for a 45-minute indoor cycle class. Full instruction on how to set-up your bike will be provided. We recommend wearing lightweight sportswear and trainers or cycling shoes.


Cycle Studio, Ground Floor of Sport & Fitness

4 – 4.45pm


Watch Cai’s video to hear about the benefits of cycling for your mental health, as well as the inclusive environment at Sport & Fitness.



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Social Badminton

Join us for a casual, fun badminton session. No need to bring a partner, you will meet new people and no prior badminton experience is required. Trainers are recommended. All equipment will be provided. 


Munrow Arena 1, Sport & Fitness

5.30 – 6.30pm


How can badminton improve my mental health?

Badminton can be played to varying levels of intensity. This means you can play a chilled game with friends to get the full benefit of being active in a social environment, or you can increase the pace to release more endorphins (feel-good hormones), raise your heart-rate and focus your mind on a new challenge away from your day-to-day life.


When can I play badminton regularly? 

Social badminton is available during term-time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for both just play and coach & play sessions. You can also hire a badminton court at most times of the day with Pay & Go




Mental health And Wellbeing Resources at University of Birmingham