If you’re struggling a bit with being enthusiastic about anything at all, it might be the time of year that’s getting to you. For many people, January can be the worst month for winter blues.
Making just a few small lifestyle changes can significantly improve your overall wellbeing.
If you’re not feeling at your best, why not take part in one of the Wellbeing Services’ short courses which focus on improving your wellbeing, self-control, and how to care for a friend with mental health difficulties.
Studies show that having a balanced and varied diet can lead to increased productivity as well as improved physical and mental health. Staying hydrated is just as important – aim for 2 litres of water a day to prevent feeling sluggish.
Get Some Exercise
You don’t have to run a marathon! Start small. Local gyms are a great place for beginners and there are often student offers available. Park-runs are a fantastic (and free!) opportunity to practise walking, jogging or running 5k with likeminded people. Just getting a little more active will enable your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body.
Remember that diary you had for Christmas? Use it! Schedule in time for studying and remember to plan for breaks too – then stick to it. If you don’t have a diary, make use of Google Calendar or get creative and make your own. You’ll be glad you did by the time exam season comes around.
Volunteering doesn’t cost a penny and you’ll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside when you see the positive impact you’re having. There are loads of local groups that would really benefit from some help. As an added bonus, volunteering will develop your skill-set and you’ll be able to put it on your CV.
Student’s Union Activities
The Students’ Union will hold their Annual General Meeting on 24th January, why not go along, cast your vote on students’ ideas and help shape your University experience?
For those that missed Freshers’ or simply want to do it all again, ReFreshers’ will take place on 21st – 27th January. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out about joining a club or society and maybe grab yourself some freebies!
Talk it Through
Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See The Wellbeing Service for more information.
If, however, your symptoms are so bad that you are struggling to live a normal life, we advise visiting your GP for medical help.