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Relax Well

Working or studying can be demanding, both physically and mentally at times, and it important to try to relax well during the times you are not working or studying.

Relaxation is a very important part of people’s lives as it helps to keep reduce stress levels, and consequently improves their mental and physical health.

Relax well during work

It is important that you take a break from your desk during your day. Taking yourself away from work during your lunch break allows you to de-stress and will untimely improve work productivity. Here are a few ideas of what you could do to relax during your working day:

Walk the university mile – Fresh air is good for everyone, it increases the amount of oxygen that you inhale, which will ultimately have an effect on your serotonin levels, the hormone associated with mood and feelings of wellbeing. Simply walking part or all of the university mile at lunch time could help alleviate stress and make you feel happier

Mindfulness – Practicing mindfulness is a great way to relax the mind and body, have a look at our Think for Wellbeing page for more information on how to be more mindful

Labyrinth – The University Labyrinth is a perfect place to go to relax, it provides a walking meditation area in which to reflect and relax. For more information on the labyrinth please contact

Socialise – Take time for lunch and have your break with a friend, to get away from the tasks that you are doing and remember to talk about things that are not work related.


If it is possible, avoid looking at work emails during the weekend. Taking time to switch off from work to enjoy your home life and the environment around you can help with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Annual Leave

Consider what you will be coming back to, try to:

  • Ensure that any tasks that need completing the week you return are done before you go. This way you will not be tempted to do them whilst you are away

Remember to turn on your out of office

  • This way people will see that you are not available and, if urgent will contact someone else involved.
  • Try to provide contact details of a colleague who will be able to deal with the email on your out of office, this way it may be solved before you return.

Try not to check your emails when you are off

  • The idea of Annual leave is that you have booked a time off work to relax or do other activities, therefore avoid checking your emails unless it is of the upmost importance. If you have used the above tips then there should be no reason that you will need to read emails.