The best 3 years of your life” is what everyone tells you about you about university, which is true, but adults forget the pressure, and the enormous balancing act that university entails. From studying, to socializing, to applications, and working, it’s hard to find time to take care of yourself, especially when you’re away from home – often for the first time in your life.
This is why it’s important that self-care isn’t just your way of justifying the new clothes you just bought, but a mechanism to truly take care of your university wellbeing. Here are my top tips for looking after yourself:
1.Get outside and be active. Exercising is great for your health as it gives you more energy, helps you keep fit and even helps you sleep better! For me, I love to play netball; it’s a great way to get outside, de-stress & see my friends. Joining a sports team and at university has been amazing for my confidence and has definitely made me so much more sociable. This year, I want to push myself a bit and try something new which is why I’m going to use Wellbeing Week to try some of the taster sessions different societies are running.
2.As a huge foodie, I love to cook, host, and have people over. For me, cooking is so much fun, and I enjoy learning new recipes. Not only does this mean I’m looking after myself, but it also gives me a great reason to invite my friends over. Even if you’re not the best cook, you could do a potluck with your friends where everyone brings something, then you can all share!
3.Most importantly, I always make sure that I’m getting out and seeing my friends. At university, they really do become your family, and even if you’re stressed or worried, it’s likely they can relate. You’re not the only one feeling that way. You don’t have to make it a big thing either – you can go to the library together or get lunch together after a seminar. This Wellbeing Week, why not go to one of the various events and activities on and meet someone new?
Ultimately, for your own wellbeing, you need to make sure you’re looking after your body and mind. So take time to figure out what you enjoy and the things that help you relax and de-stress. Invest your time into those things & the people around you – don’t be afraid to reach out, talk to them, and learn new things.