Look after yourself
Living a sustainable life is about more than saving energy or buying less. Study and work can often be stressful, and the GSA has a range of help available from Student Support. Check out the latest advice on the Student Intranet
A sense of Agency
Agency is about the power we feel we have to address an issue. We can feel overwhelmed by wicked problems like climate change or biodiversity loss. If we can acknowledge the seriousness of a situation (gain knowledge), examine why we don’t react well to this knowledge (the psychology) we can work towards acceptance and action. You can also learn to live with worry identifying the signs and looking after yourself better.
The best way to take action is through your own practice: examining the materials you use, your subject matter, and your ability as a skilled practitioner to make a positive contribution.
Your responsibility is limited. These are big issues, but there are many of us who can take action. Your impacts are relatively small, but the impact you could have through your practice and future career far outweigh these impacts. Don’t get too hung up on what materials you can or can’t use, but journal your thoughts and decisions, and create with awareness. Your art is both the best response you can have, and the best therapy for any anxiety you have.
Perspective – what is happening, who is doing what, how good or bad things really are, is an ongoing exploration! We found this article thoughtful and helpful.
To discuss this further, email the Sustainability Coordinator John
TogetherAll is an online mental health support service which is available at any time of the day or night to GSA students. It is completely anonymous, so you can express yourself freely and openly, and professionally trained Wall Guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
TogetherAll is completely separate from GSA and a source of support when our services are closed. Go to the link and click on the JOIN US button. Select UNIVERSITIES from the drop down list under ORGANISATION. Enter your GSA EMAIL ADDRESS in the box that asks for university email address (you will be able to use an anonymous username once you have registered).
SilverCloud is an online platform offering self-help programmes to support and promote well-being and mental health.
Each one of the eighteen SilverCloud programmes offer you the tools to develop skills, behaviours and ways of thinking that with practice will help you take care of your mental health and support your sense of well-being.
Choose a programme and work through it in your own time and at your own pace. SilverCloud is available without charge to GSA students and once registered you are anonymous. To find out more about the programmes available to you register using your GSA email address.
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. Empowering students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
If you’re worried about changes in our climate and ecosystem, often termed Eco-anxiety, you’re not alone. we have shared Ro Randall’s thinking on coping with the climate crisis. Ro is a renowned psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist involved with the Climate Psychology Alliance
Check out this guide to worry and how to work with it.
GSA students can attend the University of Glasgow’s Chaplaincy service
Architecture students can contact the Architecture Benevolent Society who support Architecture students.
...and if you have to sit a lot at work or practice, find ways not to.
You may find the changes in our World overwhelming. But you don’t need to fix everything – ‘Films for Action’ are here to help show you how positive changes in your practice can help change the World, one step at a time.
Create structure to your day, include yoga and exercise if you can. Chill out in Garnethill Park just by our Haldane building, or there’s a brilliant secret garden at GCU, just left of the main gate by the Transport Police building, a short walk from the GSA.
When you eat and what you eat matters. Try eating differently at breakfast and lunchtime to give yourself more energy. Avoid alcohol and other drugs if you’re feeling down, alcohol especially will make things worse.
MIND the mental health charity has more advice.
If you think someone is having suicidal thoughts, talk to them about it. Asking them if they’re considering hurting themselves or of committing suicide won’t make it happen, but it may release the pent-up strain of the pain they feel and open them up to seek help.
Yoga is proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, and GSA Yoga runs regular classes throughout the year for everyone.
GSA Yoga welcomes students for all levels of yoga; from beginners to expert yogis!
Yoga opens and awakens you. It’ll give you flexibility, stamina and peace of mind. If you dedicate yourself to yoga you’ll feel a change upon you which can be quite liberating and revealing to yourself as a person. Some feel, just after one session, a flicker to a prominent uplifting change.
As students we are subjected to stress and vulnerability, therefore yoga would be extremely beneficial for our well-being. It is vital for us to care for our body, mind and soul. We should dedicate an hour a day to ourselves and GSA Yoga aims to encourage this alongside your university life! Therefore I think it’ll be a great idea for us to take 1 hour/ 1 hour and 30 mins out of our studio time to relax and do yoga at least weekly for now!
GSA Yoga can be used as a platform to organise set classes on campus by hiring professional teachers, student lead yoga sessions and have yoga related discussions.
If you have any suggestions or changes please do let us know!!
Keep an eye on GSA Yoga’s wall for more details.