The Promoting Wellbeing Group was established to lead, develop, implement and review a three-year action plan from 2021-2024.
The action plan represents a whole-college approach recognising that the promotion of positive wellbeing and tackling stigma particularly around mental health is the responsibility of us all.
The Promoting Wellbeing Group includes a cross-section of College staff, the Student Association, the Mental Health Liaison Officer, the Alcohol and Drugs Liaison Officer and an NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Improvement Officer.
Students and staff at Ayrshire College have now been studying and working from home for over a year! Over that time we've picked up some useful tips on how to look after your digital wellbeing.
What is digital wellbeing? Well, it is all about the impact that technologies and digital services have on people's mental, physical, social, and emotional health.
That's where the Digital Wellbeing team at Ayrshire College comes in. The Digital Wellbeing team is a group of curriculum and support staff members whose main goal is to look after student and staff digital wellbeing.
With that said, here are some thoughts on this subject:
Understand what is required of you, and make sure you’re prioritising the right tasks.
You may feel overwhelmed by deadlines, emails, and different requests coming through, but do not fall into the trap of avoiding doing anything because everything feels too daunting. Instead, draw up a plan of how you’re going to tackle it. It’s best to take a moment to pause, rank everything in order of importance, and work your way through your jobs in a way that makes the most logical sense.
Talk to people! The expression ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is applicable in college, where colleagues, lecturers and classmates can help you through any problems if you let them know about them in good time.
If you’re finding the workload too much, if you’re struggling with one specific thing, or if you have extenuating circumstances for why you’ve not done something, let people know. Whether that’s through email, Microsoft Teams or phoning someone - help is available if you communicate.
It’s important to always achieve a healthy work/life balance.
You don’t want to find yourself in a position where you’re working/studying for far longer than you normally would. This is a sure-fire way to give yourself extra stress. Look after yourself and remember to take regular breaks. Even taking just five minutes away from your screen can be extremely beneficial in providing a fresh perspective to a piece of work. You should be looking to take 5-10 minutes away from your screen every hour.
Avoid digital distractions
With the technology readily available to us 24/7, it is far too easy to find yourself drifting off doing something completely unrelated to the task at hand.
To help you avoid your digital distractions, remove all temptation where possible. For example, if looking at your phone is the habit that is constantly breaking your concentration, then either: a) turn off all notifications, b) turn your phone off or c) leave it in another room.
If you’re trying to work on something but emails keep popping up and distracting you, then close your inbox down (ideally also setting an out-of-office message advising people that you’re unavailable for a few hours).
It’s all about identifying what is distracting you, and understanding how best to remove that distraction from your fingertips.
Do you have a digital problem that's not tied to one of our recommendations? Or do you have a recommendation of your own? Get in touch with the Digital Wellbeing team through this form and we will discuss your contribution at our weekly meeting. We'll get back to you with a solution or decide whether to put forward your recommendation as this Digital Wellbeing information page evolves.