Looking after your wellbeing at University
Looking after your wellbeing is really important. University life can present a lot of high-pressured environments whether that’s academically through your deadlines, lectures and uni work, or socially as you’re thrown into new situations, with people you don’t know. It’s a period where a lot can change in your life and it’s important to check the reins on your wellbeing, even when you feel fine. Here are some of our top tips on how to look after your wellbeing.
Be mindful. When you slow down, stop and notice how you think, feel and see the world around you in every moment, you can enjoy life and understand yourself much better. Developing an awareness of our thoughts and feelings is something everyone can do. You don’t need any tools, to spend money, or special training, though there some great apps such as Headspace which can help.
The Bristol SU Living Rooms are spaces on campus brought to you by Bristol SU to give you space to relax, unwind and connect with others. Everyone is welcome, no matter what you study, what year you’re in or where you live. There are student led activities if you fancy trying something new, lots of different games, space to relax, catch up or meet someone new, have a cup of tea and eat your lunch.
Get into a good sleep routine
Everyone is different. If you can’t function at 7am, don’t force yourself. But, having regular sleep and wake times, keeping your bed clean and tidy and keeping non-bed activities like eating and studying away from your bed can help get you into a good routine and sleep better.
Food can be a great tool for your wellbeing. Eating a balanced diet can make you feel good and maintain your blood sugars so you don’t get thrown off by being hungry. Food can also be a great way to treat yourself as cooking can be relaxing and it’s satisfying to create a meal from scratch. Even on a student budget it’s possible to enjoy a balanced diet and make some delicious meals.
Do things you enjoy…
Whether it’s watching a film, listening to music, reading a book, playing sport or doing something creative, we all have things that we enjoy. When you’ve got a busy university schedule it can be easy to forget about these things, but doing something you enjoy each day, no matter how small, can greatly improve your wellbeing.
Physical exercise releases endorphins in our brain which create a positive feeling, but only you know what makes you happy so it’s up to you to decide what you enjoy. Why not try intramural sport – perfect for people who enjoy sport and being part of a team but don’t necessarily want to play competitively.
…with people you like
If you like spending time with others, then make time to do that. Catch up with family and friends from home, or try new things like joining a society with new friends at university.
You can find students who have a shared identity or interest through one of our networks. They will all be holding Welcome mingles during the welcome period to help you meet other people and learn more about the network. If you’re passionate about wellbeing then the Wellbeing Network is a good place to start.
Make time for yourself
However, it’s equally important to take some alone time. Sometimes it can be great to get out of the university bubble and find something you like doing which is totally separately to university life. Use it as an opportunity to get out and explore the city, or enjoy outdoor spaces like Ashton Court or Leigh Woods.
These tips are designed to help you keep an eye on your wellbeing every day, however sometimes things can happen suddenly or unexpectedly that can really throw you off. If this is ever the case you can get help using the University Wellbeing Services.
Find out more about Sports, Clubs and Societies
Join the Bristol SU Wellbeing Network