Believe you can and you’re half way there
– Theodore Roosevelt
2020 was a challenging year for us all. With that in mind, The Open University’s positivity portal is here to help you get your 2021 off to the best start possible. We’ll offer advice from our academics, free courses on a range of subjects including mental health and wellbeing, careers and money management, and some good old fashioned life hacks.
This free course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of motivation that contribute to understanding the causes of motivation. The motivation of sports people and people working in sport and fitness environments are used to help understand the theories presented.Learn more ❯Motivation and factors affecting motivation
Motivation is sometimes reported to be the key factor in educational achievement - but what is motivation? If we understand motivation a little better, we might get better at helping students to succeed.Read now ❯Do challenges make learning more fulfilling - or off-putting?
Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations. But why does mindfulness matter?Read now ❯Five reasons why you should care about mindfulness
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.Learn more ❯Work and mental health
Over the past century there has been a radical shift in responses to people who experience mental health problems. In this free course, Making sense of mental health problems, you will learn about how key perspectives in the field have made sense of mental health problems. By directly relating key perspectives to a case study, you will reflect on how the medical perspective, psychological perspective and social need perspective come to make sense of mental ill-health.Learn more ❯Making sense of mental health problems
Millennials have been dubbed “the burnout generation”, Rajvinder Samra looks at how the prolonged stress of this can be avoided.Read now ❯Millennial burnout: building resilience is no answer – we need to overhaul how we work
Is risk and adversity damaging to young people? Not necessarily, writes John Oates...Read now ❯Young people and stress, vulnerability and resilience
This free course, Personal branding for career success, considers what a personal brand is and whether you currently have one. You’ll look in detail at theories and examples of personal branding, and relevant marketing processes and practices. You’ll identify the values, skills, knowledge and expertise that you want to promote to employers, and consider different ways to build and present your own brand.Learn more ❯Personal branding for career success
This free course, Making sense of ourselves, introduces you to well-known psychological topics by asking and answering everyday questions, such as Why don’t we like one another? Why would I hang around with you? Do you see what I see? What’s the point of childhood? You’ll learn how psychologists can go about addressing these questions using different research tools and approaches.Learn more ❯Making sense of ourselves
Please note: We are currently working on updating this course and a newer version will be available at the same link on Thursday 5 August 2021. As a result, this current version will be deleted from OpenLearn on Wednesday 4 August 2021, so if you are currently studying this course, please make sure you complete the course and download your statement of participation before this date. You can however, study the new course and receive a new statement of participation upon completion.What do we mean by 'wellbeing' for young people? How is it shaped by social differences and inequalities, and how can we improve young people's mental and physical health? This free course, Young people's wellbeing, will examine the range of factors affecting young people's wellbeing, such as obesity, binge drinking, depression and behavioural problems.Learn more ❯Young people’s wellbeing
How can we avoid the stress and anxiety associated with the digital age? Dr Gini Harrison and Dr Mathijs Lucassen give us five tips...Read now ❯How to manage the digital-related stress of technology
Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative side effects. Exercise is an alternative treatment that is low cost and has few side effects. In this free course, Exercise and mental health, we will look at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.Learn more ❯Exercise and mental health
This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the more contemporary and controversial findings within the field.Learn more ❯Exploring anxiety
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What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
What can you do if you're not comfortable talking about mental health issues with your peers? Dr Jonathan Leach and Dr Mathijs Lucassen set out six ways of getting the support you need.Read now ❯What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
From talking to someone to binge studying on the good days, from planning your day to embracing even the smallest achievement, here’s some sage advice from those who’ve been there…Read more❯How to study with mental health issues – advice to students from students
Find out how you can support colleagues who may be having more than just a bad day in the office.Read more❯Seven simple ways to support colleagues with mental health issues
One OU student shares her top tips for managining studies and mental health during a pandemic.Read more❯Studying tips for a healthy and happy mind
The art of studying, in itself, is a learning curve. Students share their experienceRead more❯How to study with the OU: advice from students to students
Zahra Alidina knew from a young age that she wanted to be a barrister and wasted no time in pursuing her dream.Read more❯'The OU gave me a head start' says UK’s youngest Law graduate
It’s pretty likely you’ve heard of burnout – and you may have even experienced it. But here's how you embark on a journey of recovery, according to an OU psychologist.Read more❯How to recover from burnout and chronic work stress – according to a psychologist
Explore the Winter blues, practical ways to manage your mood, and how to deal with the expectations many have around Christmas time.Read more❯Coping with depression and the post-Christmas blues