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Student wellbeing week 2016

Welcome back to ICAEW’s student wellbeing week, taking place between 24 October – 28 October 2016. We’ve teamed up with CABA again this year to provide you with a diverse range of useful articles, webinars and practical resources to help boost your wellbeing.

Every day of student wellbeing week has a different theme. Click a link below, and explore the articles, resources and training videos available just for you.


From the moment you begin your training, throughout your professional life, and into retirement CABA are here to help - in all kinds of ways. And CABA are not just here for ACA students, past and present ICAEW members, close families can access our services too. If you would like to talk to someone, please call +44 (0)1788 556 366 or visit caba.org.uk 

Competition time 

Enter our Wellbeing Week competition for the chance to win a Fitbit Alta. Simply tweet us a picture of your favourite homemade feel good meal, using the hashtag #icaewWellbeingWeek. If you don’t have twitter, email us at vital@icaew.com with the subject line #icaewWellbeingWeek. You have until 12:00 (UK time) on Friday 28 October 2016 to enter. Good luck!

Monday: Physical wellbeing

Looking after your physical wellbeing isn’t just about staying active. Having a good night’s sleep and healthy eating also contribute to the many lifestyle factors that build up the cornerstones of a healthy way of life. Taking care of your health doesn’t have to be complicated, our resources below can help you get off to a great start.

Ditch the desk

According to research from Loughborough University, the average person spends 65% of their waking hours sitting down. This equates to roughly nine to ten hours of the day for adults. It’s time to ditch the desk and get your blood pumping with these simple desk exercises from CABA.


Forget about dieting, just eat healthy. Check out CABA’s flyer below for some of the top sweet and juicy super-fruits, that will give you an extra boost.

Nutrition for improved energy, brain and sleep

Hear from expert nutritionist Anjanette Fraser, on the role nutrition plays for improved energy, brain and sleep function.

Eat your way to resilience

CABA is always looking for ways to improve resilience and boost wellbeing, which is why they have created the resilience diet. It includes key ingredients that are proven to reduce stress, increase the production of serotonin, improve cognitive function and boost the immune system.

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Tuesday: Career wellbeing

Whatever stage of you’re at with your ACA training, CABA is here to support you and your family throughout your journey. Explore our selection of resources below.

How to give difficult feedback at work

Effective feedback should aim to motivate and improve performance. With CABA’s help discover everything you need to know for giving effective feedback at work.

Managing your online presence webinar

Social media expert, Lynn Keddie explains how LinkedIn can be used as a powerful business media tool, and the do’s and don’ts of social media.

Guide to email etiquette

Studies suggest office workers spend around 28 per cent of their working week reading and replying to emails. With CABA’s help, learn how you can make sure you’re using email safely and effectively.

Boosting your likeability webinar

Communication expert Jennifer MacKay outlines what is likeability, why likeability matters and top tips that make you more likeable.

Managing different personalities webinar

Lisa Greenwood outlines the seven different personality styles and their strengths, values and communication styles as well as, how to adapt your own style of communication you build rapport with different personality styles

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Wednesday: Emotional wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing is extremely important, as well as boosting your mental health, there's evidence it can improve your physical health too. Here are some suggestions of how to achieve it.

LIVE: Growth mindset webinar and Q&A session with Lucy Whitehall from CABA

Lucy Whitehall talks about growth mindset – what it is, how it affects different areas of your life and how to cultivate more of it.

The benefits of breaks

Juggling work and study can be a handful. While you need to give equal priority to both, you have to remember that you need a break.

How to improve and maintain mental health

We all have times when we experience low mental health, which is why it’s important to make sure we look after our emotional wellbeing. Knowing what can affect your mental health and what you can do to help stay mentally well is the key to maintaining and improving your overall wellbeing. Mental health charity Mind has put together these guides to help you discover ways to improve your mental wellbeing.

Positive habits for personal effectiveness

Whether you want to be more effective and successful at work, at home or in your social life, there are many positive habits you can develop that will help you achieve personal effectiveness.

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Thursday: Financial wellbeing

It’s important to recognise the significance of financial wellbeing and the impact it can have on your general health. There is no evidence that large and escalating numbers of chartered accountants are suffering from significant money problems. However, CABA research suggests many in the profession are tightening their belts. CABA’s latest survey shows 44% of working chartered accountants are concerned about the increased cost of living, while 30% say they are dipping into their savings. Explore the resources below, aimed to boost your financial wellbeing.

Money matters guide

Are you feeling stressed about your finances? Check out CABA’s money matters guide to take back control.

Dealing with debt

Hear from CABA’s Debt Support Officer in a short webinar on how to deal with debt.

Student money worries: how to take back control

Do you have a firm grip on you financial situation, or does the talk of finances worry you? Discover some tips below to help you manage your finances whilst studying

Taking control of your financial future

Watch CABA’s short video on how newly qualified and student chartered accountants can set firm financial foundations.

Friday: Family and relationships

Our relationships with others can be the most rewarding aspects of our lives, but they can also be some of the most distressing. Whether you’re starting a new relationship, facing the end of something that has been important to you, looking after children or caring for elderly relatives, you may find relationship pressure difficult to manage.

Discover the resources below, aimed to help improve your relationships with both family and co-workers.

Maintain healthy, meaningful family relationships

Strengthen your relationships and boost your wellbeing with a little help from CABA. Relationships with the people that are close to us are vital for our wellbeing.
They provide support, comfort and a sense of belonging. In fact, people who are more connected with family and friends tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer. Access practical tips, advice and webinars.

Walk your way to better relationships

Social relationships are equally as significant for promoting emotional wellbeing. However, given that most people who work 30 or more hours a week spend more time with their co-workers than their partners and families, it’s evident that work relationships are important too.

11 ways to keep your work-life in balance

Are you able to switch off from the office? Sometimes it can become the norm to take work home, or work on weekends, rather than something that just comes around every now and again. You may feel as if your life outside work is passing you by. Discover some top tips below on how to improve your work life balance.

Are you a good listener?

The ability to listen is essential if you want to be successful on a professional, personal and social level with someone.

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