Being a student is a busy task. In between lectures, socials, coursework and clubs, it’s easy to forget about looking after yourself. Remember to give yourself time to relax, sleep and reflect on your experiences. This section explores a few key factors to help you do this.
Most people know that eating healthily is good for your body, but the benefits for your mind are often overlooked. Here are our key tips for getting all the nutrition you need:
- Get breakfast – Nothing’s worse than trying to conceal a rumbling stomach. It’s good to have something at the start of the day, even if it’s just a piece of fruit and a cereal bar. Take a look at all of the places you can eat and drink on campus here. The Health and Wellbeing blog also has some more information, and a great breakfast smoothie recipe!
- Snack – One or two snacks can give you the energy you need to get the most out of your day. Chopped fruit or sliced veg and hummus are a great option. If you enjoy going to the gym, make sure you have something to eat so your body is prepared for exercise. If you're on campus and need a pick-me-up, head over to the Co-op on campus for a variety of food, drink and snacks, and if you have an NUS card you can purchase your items at a discount!
- Keep hydrated – Too much coffee can make you feel jittery so try and limit these to a couple of cups a day. Why not try fruit juice, milk, or herbal tea? It’s also always a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you to sip regularly throughout the day, particularly during warm weather conditions.
- Plan your meals – Planning your meals in advance can help ensure that you have the required ingredients to cook a nutritious meal in your kitchen throughout the week. If cooking isn't your thing or you simply do not have enough time to cook on a regular basis, take a look at the University's Meal Plans.
Physical exercise is a great way to ensure your physical wellbeing, destress and take a break from your academic responsibilities. It can not only help lift your mood, but can also help you sleep better. Find an activity you enjoy; whether that's going for a walk or attending the gym at the SportsPark. Whatever physical activity that you like to get involved with, make sure that you exercise regularly and make it manageable to work with your normal routine.
There are lots of things to do if you are feeling anxious or stressed. Take a walk around the campus to clear your head, read a book before bed, or make time to relax with a cup of tea. You might also find the Life Tools programme helpful with advice on how to get a good night's sleep, relaxation and mindfulness.
Remember to look after your mental well-being. University is often a time to face new experiences and meet new people, but everyone is different, so don’t be pressured into doing something you don’t want to. If you're finding it difficult to settle into university life, take a look at our advice here.
Feeling a bit down?
Everyone has times in their lives when they feel down. It’s important to know that you can always ask for help. Chat to a friend, family member, partner. If you live in halls you could speak to your Warden or Hall Mentor - call the Halls Hotline on 0118 378 7777 to make contact. Students can also contact the Welfare team on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Counselling service. Remember that these teams are here to help.