On 20 February from 10am-1pm, the Students' Union is holding self-care fair in the social space. This is going to be a great opportunity to get some new self-care tips and tricks and take some time out to relax and talk to people. There will be lots of external charities offering mental health tips and activities to promote good mental wellbeing such as colouring, crafts and even Indian head massages. What better time to think of some self-care tips for yourself as we start the new semester?
To make the most out of your days, you need a proper and regular sleep schedule. Try to set yourself a time to go to bed based on whether you are an early riser or a late sleeper and a regular time to wake up. It’s not great to go to bed at 2am and expect yourself to be up for a 9am lecture the next day. Once you get a regular time to sleep and wake up, you’ll feel so much better for it and a lot more energized.
There’s a stereotype around students that they only get takeaways and ready meals. As students, it’s so important for us to budget and cook healthily. Of course, this is good for our overall wellbeing but it’s also the cheapest way to live as a student. You don’t need to make anything fancy, but just try to find three or four easy recipes to start off with and see how you get on. Soon, it’ll be the easiest thing for you to master.
There’s always so much going on at uni with pre-reading, assignments, socials, activities that you also need to prioritise what’s the most important thing to do. Sometimes you have to say no to going out with your friends or leave an activity for another time. It can be difficult but trying to juggle everything at once will lead to sleepless nights and more stress.
Exercise is a great stress reliever and perfect for your overall wellbeing. If you’re not doing anything yet, try to get involved in something at least once a week. You can join the gym, go to a class, or attend one of the SU's social sports. If you like a bit of competition, there’s also a great competitive sports programme for you to get involved in.
Have a go-to activity
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, have an activity that you can go to as a quick stress reliever. It can be something artistic or sporty, but something that you can easily do. Some ideas are to go for a walk, colour something, do a puzzle or crossword or even just get a coffee. These are great just to give yourself a break.