Wellbeing resources

Wellbeing resources

This list suggests online resources that may also help you manage your wellbeing during your time at university. All resources are free, unless specified. 

Have a resource suggestion you want to share with the GCU community? Email your suggestion to acquisitions@gcu.ac.uk and we will consider adding it to this resource list.

Mental health

The university's wellbeing team have created a webpage of self-help resources, including details of mental health support helplines. Access GCU Wellbeing Team's self-help resources webpage.

LinkedIn Learning has a number of free courses on managing your mental health in relation to the working environment. Access LinkedIn Learning via Discover.


Physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and improves mental health, focus, sleep and energy levels. There are many fantastic resources online to help you exercise for free at home, here are a few of our top picks:

NHS Fitness Studio

This National Health Service webpage has 24 video classes covering aerobics, strength and resistance, yoga and pilates you can follow from home. Visit the NHS Fitness Studio webpage.

The Body Coach TV

Joe Wicks leads a variety of exercise classes online for all levels. Visit The Body Coach TV YouTube channel to view classes.

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson leads high intensity interval training sessions and longer workouts online, many of which you can do from home. Visit Heather Robertson's YouTube channel to view her classes.

Yoga with Adriene

Adriene Mishler leads online yoga and meditation classes for all levels and needs. Visit Adriene's YouTube channel to view her classes.

If you would like to exercise formally, outside of your own home, you may wish to consider the following: 

ARC: Health and Fitness

The university has its own gym with an affordable membership for students. As well as using gym equipment, there are a range of different classes you can attend. Visit ARC's webpage for more information on membership options. 

GCU's Cycling Forum

GCU's Cycling Forum is an informal association of students and staff at GCU with an interest in cycling. By joining the forum, you will be informed of cycling events on campus, for instance, bike repair workshops. The forum's homepage has information about cycle routes in Glasgow and also information about the discount on nextbike membership for students. Visit the Cycling Forum's webpage for more details.

Students Association Sports Clubs

There are around 30 different sports clubs at GCU. View the Students' Association Sports Club webpage to browse the list of different clubs available and view their individual membership costs.

Explore nature

Spending time in green spaces or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Glasgow Parks

Glasgow is amongst the greenest cities of the UK. The university's campus features a number of green micro-spaces you are encouraged to enjoy. View a full list of campus green spaces on the GCU Why Study Here? Outdoor Spaces webpage.

You can find out where your nearest green space is by visiting People make Glasgow's webpage on parks and gardens. Additional green spaces are listed on Glasgow City Council's Parks and Gardens webpage and Glasgow's Canal's webpage.

You could also take a short train out of Glasgow to visit the following parks and reserves:

Balloch Castle Country Park Visit Scotland webpage

Chatelherault Country Park Visit Scotland webpage

Mugdock Country Park Visit Scotland webpage

Lochwinnoch, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Reserve webpage 

Seven Lochs Wetland Park webpage

Nature and Mental Health, Mind

Mind offers a number of different ideas for engaging with the natural world in a mindful way. Visit Mind's Nature and Mental Health webpage.

Underwater Earth

Take a dive and explore the world’s oceans using Google’s underwater street view. Access Google Underwater Street View.


Live nature webcam network showing scenes from all across the world. Browse Explore.org nature webcams.

Zoos and Conservation Centres

Many zoos and conservation centres have live webcams you can view, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium webcams and Edinburgh Zoo webcams for some animal entertainment. 

The Language of Birds, British Library

Take a moment to unwind by exploring the British Library’s birdsong collection. Browse the British Library's Birdsong Collection.


Reading reduces stress by providing an escape from the real world. It also develops literacy (keeping the brain active), prevents memory loss and develops empathy.  

Public Libraries

In the UK, you can sign up for free local library membership and get access to thousands of free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines. Sign up for Glasgow public library membership. Local libraries also make great places to study if you live some distance from the university's own library.

Project Gutenberg 

Project Gutenberg is an online collection of over 60,000 ebooks that are free to read as they are in the public domain. The collection includes audio versions of some ebooks too. Access Project Gutenberg ebooks.

Audible Stories

Audible Stories is an Amazon audiobook collection that is primarily aimed at kids, but there are some classic titles adults can enjoy too, as well as foreign language books. Access Audible Stories ebooks.   

100 Novels that Shaped Our World, BBC 

In 2019, leading writers, curators and critics were asked by the BBC to choose 100 novels that had a significant impact on their lives. The webpage 100 Novels that Shaped Our World thematically lists the results. This webpage doesn't provide access to the texts but you should be able to access many of the titles as ebooks through local library membership or through Project Gutenberg. 

Get creative

Creative activity (even just colouring!) improves brain function and mental health as a mindful activity. Here are some resources which should hopefully inspire you to get creative.

Colour our collections

In February 2020, libraries and archives around the world shared colouring sheets based on their collections for you to enjoy. Access and print colouring sheets.

The Joy of Painting, Bob Ross

403 episodes of Bob Ross’ painting series 'The Joy of Painting', originally shown on TV, have been uploaded to YouTube so you can listen to Bob’s soothing voice as you paint happy little clouds, mountains and trees together for free. Visit Bob Ross' YouTube channel.

Jansen Art Education

David Jansen's YouTube channel teaches people how to paint natural subjects in a fine art style through video tutorials. Visit Jansen Art Education YouTube channel.

Old Book Illustrations

You can browse the Old Book Illustration database for creative inspiration. Visit the Old Book Illustrations database.

Learn something new

Research shows that learning improves mental health by boosting self-confidence and engendering a sense of purpose. Exercise your mind further by learning outwith your university subject. Extra-curricular learning can also help prepare you for your career after university.

In Our Time

In Our Time is a BBC Radio 4 programme where Melvyn Bragg and panels of guests cover the history of ideas across a wide variety of disciplines.

Browse the In Our Time podcast archive.

TED Talks

These short online talks aim to spread powerful ideas and motivate listeners.

Visit the TED Talks webpage to find podcasts.

Future Learn

Run by the Open University and SEEK, the Future Learn website has online courses of different lengths covering many different subjects. Please note not all content is free.

Browse Future Learn courses.

Learn My Way, Good Things Foundation

This website offers online courses that help people develop their digital skills.

Browse Learn My Way courses.

OpenLearn, Open University

The Open University, which specialises in running remote courses and degrees, has many short-form and free online courses.

View the Open University free course catalogue.


Duolingo is a popular, interactive language learning platform with over 94 different language courses in 23 different languages. Enjoy learning a small amount of a language each day so you’ll be prepared for when we can holiday again! 

Access Duolingo online learning platform

Cultural entertainment

Some of these resources will help you learn more about the heritage and culture of Glasgow and the United Kingdom, whilst others will enable you to learn more about other cultures from the far corners of the world - without even leaving your home.

Museums and Galleries in Glasgow

There are at least 10 publicly funded museums in Glasgow which are completely free to visit. You can view a list of these museums on Glasgow Life's Museum's webpage.

There are privately funded museums in and around Glasgow too, some of which may require an entry fee, though you can usually get a discount by showing your student card. People Make Glasgow's webpage on museums and galleries provides more ideas of places to visit. 

The Metropolitan Opera 

One full production is made freely available online each day. Visit Metropolitan Opera's website to watch productions.

Boiler Room 

On the Boiler Room YouTube Channel you can watch world-famous DJs let loose on the decks. Visit Boiler Room's YouTube channel.

Box of Broadcasts

You can access over 2.2 million academically focused TV broadcasts for free by logging into the Box of Broadcasts database with your university credentials. Access Box of Broadcasts database.

Arte, The European Culture Channel 

This free television network promotes cultural programming. Its collections consist mainly of documentaries and feature films, but there are some news and performing arts recordings too. Programmes are free to watch but you do need to create an account. Most programmes are in French and German, but some are in English, and all have the option to use English subtitles. Visit Arte, the European culture channel.

Google Arts & Culture

You can explore museums, art galleries and heritage sites around the world from the comfort of your sofa using Google street view. You can also explore and creatively engage with famous artworks in high definition and print an activity and colouring book. Many museums are also hosting digital exhibitions on their own websites too, so look out for these. Access Google Arts & Culture homepage


Tabletopia is an online site where you can play board games with friends. You do need to create a free account though and please note a small minority of the content is behind a paywall. Access Tabletopia's homepage.

Caring for children

These resources are for those looking after children and needing ideas to keep the whole family entertained. 

The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation has produced guides packed full of ideas to keep adults and children mindful. Visit The Wilderness Foundation's website.

Home is Good, National Geographic

National Geographic's Home is Good webpage has activity ideas for keeping children entertained at home. The webpage also has online quizzes, videos and games for children to enjoy. Visit National Geographic's Home is Good webpage.

Craft for Home School, Crafts Council

The Crafts Council's website has lots of fun crafts ideas to do with kids of all ages at home. View the Crafts Council's Craft at Home webpage.

How to Sketch, Cartooning Club

Learn how to draw cartoons by following the classes hosted on this YouTube channel. Visit Cartooning Club's YouTube channel.

Red Ted Art

YouTube channel packed full of craft tutorials. Red Ted Art's 'Stuck at Home' playlist focuses on fun and easy crafts you can make with basic supplies you probably already have at home. Visit Red Ted Art's YouTube channel

Doodle Draw Art

Learn how to create art in a range of different styles through Doodle Draw Art's video tutorials. Visit Doodle Draw Art's YouTube channel.


Glasgow Caledonian University is an inclusive university that welcomes and values diversity. Visit the university’s Supporting our LGBT+ students webpage to find out more about how the university can support you as an LGBT+ individual.

For Pride 2021 we asked staff and students to recommend LGBT+ books, films, TV shows, music and services. We created a permanent resource list based on the wealth of responses we received to showcase LGBT+ experience. Visit GCU Library’s LGBT+ Resource List.

Have a resource suggestion you want to share with the GCU community? Email your suggestion to acquisitions@gcu.ac.uk and we will consider adding it to this resource list.