Keep Calm and Study On

The Union is putting on Keep Calm and Study On from the 2nd May - 12th May. The aim is to help students in this stressful, pressured time. We will be handing out reminders which you may of forgotten in your exam-filled time such as:

  • Don't take notes into exams

  • Don't take your phone into exams

  • Remember to drink water

  • Take breaks!!

We will also be reminding you to remain calm and keep going. There will be supportive posters, artwork, games and events to keep your morale up at this final hurdle. These things will include a Chalk Walk, a Nap Room,  FREE fruit and water, motivational goodie bags, a Music To Your Ears performance night with the mental health charity MQ and much more!!

Here's some tips in the meantime...

 

What is self-care?

 

Self-care is basically making sure that you are looking after yourself. It can consists of small acts of self-love such as making sure that you have a shower and clean yourself – simple things which ensure that your health and function as a human being. When it comes to your mental health, self-care is a vital act that you can do to ease the symptoms of mental illness or stress and helps prevent these symptoms from worsening. It really can make a huge difference to how you view yourself, others and the world around you.

 

1)            Make time for you time – sometimes as a student trying to balance assignments, reading, a social life and many other things it can be difficult to remind yourself to take time out for you. This can be a very simple but effective act. You could for example put on your favourite film and make yourself a hot cup of tea, whatever makes you happy really. It’s important to have downtime from the daily stresses and pressures of being a student so that you can remain happy and healthy.

2)            Talk out, and do it now – it can be very difficult to talk about how you feel, especially if you feel that friends and family may not quite understand. However one of the most helpful things when you are struggling is to people who have experienced their own struggles with mental health and can offer support and a listening ear. You can contact the Student Wellbeing team or go to their drop in sessions which run throughout the week. We have The Samaritans in Kingston town only 5 minutes away from our Penryhn Road campus. They offer you a person to listen, over the phone or in person – if you are in need of a cup of tea and biscuits definitely pop in. If you find that, like most people, nights are when you struggle most Nightline is a free service run by students for students and they are there to listen and advise from 6pm-8am every single day.

3)            Stay present – one of the hardest things to do when you aren’t feeling yourself is to socialise. Have you noticed that you haven’t been around your friends or family so much recently? And when you are, you feel that you don’t want to be there? It’s totally normal. However, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone when you are feeling blue so keeping that contact with others is so important. So even if you just phone a family member for a little while to catch up, or go and have a chat with one of your flatmates for ten minutes, you’ll be doing great. Surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good and happy is one of the best ways to tackle negative feelings; it’s the best way to remind you that even if you feel lonely sometimes, you are not alone.

4)            Good food, good mood – you’ll have heard it time and time again, but what you put into your body really will affect your mood. Try to keep on top of foods that are fresh and high in vitamins. Whilst everyone appreciates a pizza once in a while, it’s important to make sure that your body is balanced therefore enabling you to feel physically good and thereby lifting your mood as much as possible.