I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but…it’s already October.
I know, I know, it seems just like yesterday that all the international students were in their home countries trying to get tanned enough to make up for the whole year under the London clouds, while all the locals were crowded in Brighton enjoying the chilly air from the Atlantic. Instead, it’s been almost a month since uni started and the assignments are soon going to pile up.
But don’t panic, we’ve got you covered.
October is notoriously known as the month of Halloween and Wellbeing. At least that’s how we like to think about it. In fact, the two main things to look forward to are Trick or Treating and Wellbeing Week from the 22nd to the 28th! There are more than 60 events happening on the different campuses for the week, just visit kclsu.org/thrive to see everything. If 60+ events paralyses you with so much excitement that you don’t know where to start, we can help!
Here are the top 5 events to check out during Wellbeing Week, to help you keep focused, mindful and positive so you can thrive this academic year.
1. Thrive Event | 22nd October, 7pm-9pm, Bush House, SE Wing, 8th Floor, The Meadow
Between all the cool things going on, a special shout-out goes to the Thrive Event happening on the 22nd. This is going to be an amazing Wellbeing Workshop for the first half and the rest of the evening is going to be dedicated to discovering ways we thrive and how we can implement little things in our daily routine to take care of ourselves and be mindful of our wellbeing. *Spoiler alert –there will be a self-care circuit with loads of fun activities…and plenty of food and hot beverages to treat ourselves!
2. Doggy De-Stress | 22nd October, 1-3pm, Bush House SE Wing, Ground Floor, Activity Room A and/or 24th October, 1-3pm, Guy’s, KCLSU West Wing, Activity Room 1
As our friends at The King’s Tab say: ‘Like babies, its scientifically proven dogs help you chill out, but if you want to do something that’s more socially acceptable than hanging around local crèches or cat cafes, then get your stressed-out bums to…’ Wellbeing Week! Basically, if you’re feeling ‘ruff,’ come relax with our four-legged friends from All Dogs Matter. Also, for the first time ever, this well-loved event is going to be happening twice at our Guy’s and Strand campuses with our new space in Bush House! How happy are you Strandies?!
3. Crafternoon Tea | 24th October, 2pm-5pm, Bush House, SE Wing, Ground Floor, The Studio
Two things I love: Afternoon Tea & Art Classes. Too bad I’m a student a student and can’t really afford to do either. Luckily, during Wellbeing Week, Art Soc & Knit’s College London are holding an amazing Mindfulness Through Creativity art class that you can simultaneously do whilst sipping on a (free) cuppa and savouring some sweets (CAKE).
4. ABBAthon | 25th October, 5pm-6pm (dance workshop) and 6:15pm (film), Bush House, SE Wing, Ground Floor, The Studio
Have you been waiting for an ABBA-filled afternoon to bring back the classic tunes that put a smile on your face? It’s here! This fun afternoon event begins with an ABBA themed dance workshop that is open to ALL levels and to cool you down after you hit the dancefloor like a true ‘dancing queen,’ there will be a Mamma Mia screening with Swedish/Greek snacks!
5. Cooking and Conversation | 25th October, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Great Dover Street Apartments Café (SE1 4XA)
Do you like (free) food? Do you like meeting new people and getting to know them while eating the healthy food you cooked with your own hands? Then this is the event for you! Want to know the best part? If you like it, you can come along every two weeks and learn new and exciting recipes to keep your kitchen skills fresh.
This is just a top 5 list, but it certainly doesn’t stop here. So make sure to check out kclsu.org/thrive for everything else happening during Wellbeing Week.
I hope to see all of you there to join us for a refreshing week of self-discovery and self-care!
A note from Sara: I am Sara de Leo, president of The Wellbeing Club, proud Positive Peer, KCL Peer Supporter and author of this blog post! You’ll be able to spot me on campus usually running late for lectures and meetings, most likely with a venti-sized coffee in hand. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any information related to the events of the Wellbeing Week or of The Wellbeing Club.