Take care of yourself, take care of your wellbeing, read our Student Wellbeing team’s 5 tips …
Being ‘happy’ isn’t the natural human state, and it’s completely normal not to feel it all the time. Looking after your wellbeing helps you work towards a state of contentment and ease by tuning in with your body and its needs, and is also linked with having better self-esteem.
University can be a bit of a shock to the system and your routine will most likely change significantly, which can be a lot to take in all in one go and it is therefore even more important to look after your wellbeing to make sure you’re treating yourself well.
It’s all about finding a balance between making sure you get time to relax and have fun whilst also managing your work and timetable, and actually turning up to lectures! There are several things to consider when attempting this, so the Wellbeing Team have summarised their top 5 tips here:
Tip 1. SLEEP
8 hours a night is ideally what most people should aim for. Try to avoid napping during the day and reduce your caffeine intake, particularly up to 4 hours before bedtime, so that you can get a full night’s sleep.
Tip 2. EATING
3 square meals a day and regular snacking keeps your blood sugars stable and helps you manage your mood…. the healthier the food the better! Treats are fine but try to moderate them.
Tip 3. EXERCISE
30 minutes 3-5 times a week is the guideline. Not a gym lover? Try to get active in other ways- a walk to the museum or round Bute Park? Bike it to lectures rather than catching the bus?
Tip 4. ALCOHOL/DRUGS
We understand this doesn’t apply to everyone. Equally for some, going out and enjoying a few drinks (or drugs) socially is something they enjoy. In terms of keeping a good routine the late nights and excessive drinking is not always the most helpful. Going out slightly less or thinking about your units can be useful… try completing the AUDIT-C to check whether you’re drinking a tad too much! If party drugs are your night out of choice please see pages 14-16 for further guidance on how to keep safe. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel you have a problem with alcohol or drug use. We are happy to help and can signpost you to other professional services too.
Tip 5. ACTIVITY
It might not seem important to some but how you fill your week can have a massive influence on your mood. Doing too much academic work can drag you down… doing too little can increase your stress levels. Having things to look forward to and a balance of things you enjoy and things that give you a sense of achievement is key. Maybe keep a track of your week and see if your balance is ok?
Enjoy Uni but remember to look after yourself and be aware that Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team are always here to support you. We will be here throughout your time at university to support you through any struggles, and the service is completely confidential.
Annabel, Student Intern
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