It’s easy to feel that you’re always stressed when you’re trying to balance all of your responsibilities. You’re amazing for what you’re doing, but it’s important to remember to take care of yourself sometime as well. Here is some of our best advice!
PLAN AND STRUCTURE
It’s hard for all students to manage and plan their time at Uni, but it can be especially hard for mature students. One of best things you can do for yourself is to prioritize, and plan out every week in advance. Staying on top of a schedule and knowing what you need to do each day will allow you to spend more time with the people you love.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
We know what it’s like feeling like you have a million responsibilities. But if you don’t spend a little time taking care of yourself, it’s going to be very hard to take care of others and all the things you need to do. Make sure to schedule some “me time”, it might be something as simple as spending 15 minutes reading something other than your coursework, having a cup of coffee after class with a friend or taking a walk around the lakes on campus. The little things make all the difference when you have a busy life.
BUDGET AND SAVE
Money is an issue for all students and it can be difficult to balance all parts of your life financially. Making a budget can relieve a lot of stress in your life, and make you more prepared for larger expenses. Try and include money for savings, though your budget might be very tight, even just including a small amount for savings every month will make a big difference in the long run.
TAKE PROPER BREAKS
It’s important to take longer breaks sometime, to process what has happened and allow you brain to think about something else for a while. We wrote an article on some great opportunities for mature students on campus, that don’t require any commitment and is perfect for an afternoon or evening off. Check it out here!
ESTABLISH HEALTHY HABITS
Even if you have a lot to do, make sure you get enough sleep, eat good food and move your body a bit. When we’re stressed it’s easy to ignore our usual habits, but it’s really the simplest things that make us feel good and keeps us productive.
Making connections is what most people find to be the best thing about university. If you find that it is hard to find people you can relate to, join a society, sports club or a volunteering project. It’s not just nice to socialize, but people you meet can also support you with child care or help with your studies.
We also have a Mature Student's Facebook group, where you can chat to other mature students and see what events are coming up
ASK FOR HELP
It’s not always easy, coming to uni a bit later than everyone else. Never be afraid to ask for help, we have some amazing services available to help you. The Talent Development Centre hosts sessions that will help you develop many different skills. It’s always worth going to your GTA’s and lecturers’ academic support hours if you have any questions about your course work. The library staff is great at helping you find resources and data for your research or essays.
For more advice on how to return to study after a long break, check out this article!