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Looking after your wellbeing

12 November 2020

The CODE Promise

CODE are committed to making sure you have a positive experience at University and have a range of resources to support you.

Should you ever feel you are becoming stressed, isolated, homesick or if you just need someone to chat to, we are here. You can email us at welfare@codestudents.co.uk or call us on 0116 233 5678 (Leicester) or 024 7610 5106 (Coventry).

Our staff have received expert training from MIND and are on hand to help you should the need arise. If you would prefer a discreet confidential appointment with a manager to help you, then please contact the office to arrange one.


Led by Buddhists, our special meditation classes are available to watch now.
The first session is an half hour introduction, with each class after being 15 minutes.

The classes are led by masters in meditation and have been specifically built for CODE to target any potential stresses and strains you may be experiencing including leaving home, feeling lonely, feeling overwhelmed and feeling uncertain.

How to use the videos

It is suggested that from the playlist you complete the first 8 sessions in this order (all recorded by Pet). The videos are 15 minutes long unless stated:

1. Introduction to Meditation (30 mins)

2. Developing the Wish to Meditate

3. Concentrating on the Breath

4. Locating the Mind

5. Breathing Visualisation

6. Hollow Body

7. Clarity of Mind

8. When things go Wrong (20 minutes including prayer)

Once you have completed these 8, you can watch the remaining videos in any order.  There are several guest teachers and each has recorded 3 meditations.

We suggest you try 3 recordings from Pet, including one 20 minute session,  plus 2 other sessions from guest teachers.


CODE Community Support Group: Mondays and Thursdays, 2pm-3pm.

CODE Coventry – In the Communal Area (Block A, floor 1)

CODE Leicester – In the Dance Studio (Block C, ground floor) 

***NEW for #lockdown2!***

Join our support group so you can share and learn positive ideas and methods to promote wellbeing during a lockdown.

A qualified psychotherapist will be hosting a support group twice a week for CODE Students.

We can allow a maximum of 15 students (if there is more demand we will increase the number of sessions to enable as many as possible to come along) whilst we continue to abide to lockdown rules.

Are the sessions quite formal?

No! They are not formal counselling sessions but more a chance to talk through feelings. So come along, listen to others, share your thoughts and get some tips and support! You could be the one receiving help or providing help – both are a huge benefit 😊

Please book at codestudents.co/group. If the booking slots are full and / or you need support please email welfare@codestudents.co.uk

Please wear a face mask or covering when attending

CODE’S tips on improving well-being

Reframe unhelpful thoughts

The way we think, feel and behave are linked. Sometimes we develop patterns of thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful so recognising them, and taking steps to think about things differently, can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Be in the present

If we take time to be aware of ourselves and be in the present moment, noticing our own thoughts and feelings, and the world around us, we can gain a better perspective. Sometimes this is known as being more mindful.

Get good sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Our top sleep tips

  • Try to go to sleep at a similar time each evening. This will help regulate your body clock
  • Relax before sleeping – read a book or listen to music instead of watching TV
  • Avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks before bed.

Connect with others

Spending quality time with friends or family, talking to someone about how we are feeling or finding ways to help other people can all help stop you from feeling lonely and improve your mental health and wellbeing. This can be online, by phone or seeing someone in person.

Here at CODE we have many social nights and events to get involved with. Our communal rooms are also a great environment to make friends.

Live a healthy life

Being active, enjoying the outdoors and having a healthy, balanced diet all impact how we feel. Also, binning bad habits like smoking, and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine can have a positive effect on our mood.

Don’t forget we provide free gym access for all residents 😊