We all know how crazy life at uni can be, but it’s super important to take a step back sometimes and slow down a bit. Your studies matter, but your wellbeing is way more important. Here are some ideas of things to do when life gets overwhelming!
Catch up with friends!
It’s easy to get into the habit of only meeting your friends on a night out or for a study session. Make sure you take proper time to hang out with your friends every once in a while where you have time to catch up on all the things that are going on in your life. Go for a lunch between lectures, or a quick coffee after you’re done for the day, it’ll make a big difference.
Have a night in!
Treat yourself to a really cosy night in. Take a long bath, cook your favourite food, jump into your comfiest clothes, and put on a favourite film from your childhood. Promise yourself to just do whatever makes you feel good for one evening, no restrictions!
Go out in nature!
Not to sound like your mother, but go out and explore a bit of what’s outside your lecture buildings! There are actually loads of beautiful green spaces around campus, with more than 200 acres it’s the perfect way to get your mind off your studies for a bit and get some fresh air.
Try out the Tree Walk or the History of the Campus Walk. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
“Urgh exercise really?” We know; working out is not always your top priority when life gets busy, but it can really help you calm down and be more productive when you get back to work. You don’t have to do something super intense or expensive; there are loads of things you can do at home or outside, just have a look online for some ideas and find something you enjoy doing.
Did you have a shit day and feel like nothing is going your way? Dance it away! It might sound crazy, but putting on some good tunes and just dance your troubles away can actually release a lot of the stress you’re feeling.
Take a social media break
Let’s be honest, social media can be a pain, and it can easily feel like everyone else is having a much better time than you are. Allow yourself a break from social media, even if it’s only for a few hours, and really focus on yourself for a while.
Do something creative!
Create something, it doesn’t have to be a big masterpiece, but try out something small. Write a blog post, paint the covers of your notebooks, organize a theme party; sometimes the best thing you can do to relax is to do something completely different to what you normally do for a while. The Art Exchange on campus have regularly weekly art, dance and music workshops, all for free! Check them out here.
Say yes and no!
Be honest with yourself. Some people have the habit of saying “no” to everything in order to prioritize their studies; other people have the habit of saying “yes” to everything because they feel like they can’t miss out on certain things. Don’t listen too much to what other people tell you to do, and do things you enjoy instead. Sometimes that means saying more yes, sometimes more no. You’re the boss.
Call someone you love!
Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, taking a bit of time to call someone you love can really help you on a stressful day. Talk to someone you trust about the things you are going through, and we’ll guarantee that you’ll feel a bit better afterwards.
Don’t beat yourself up for not finishing all your work on time, or getting a bad mark on an essay. You’re still an amazing person even if you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, and it’s really important that you forgive yourself in order to move on and learn from your mistakes.