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Looking after yourself at university

Looking after yourself at university

Being a student is a full-time occupation, and in particular the first few weeks at University can be a crazy, jam-packed time.  However between lectures, coursework, clubs and socials you still need to find time to look after yourself!

We’ve put together a few tips to make sure your health remains your number one priority during your time at University

Register with a local dentist and GP

You’ll have probably been told to do this during Welcome Week, and it’s always on the checklist of things you should do when you move into halls, but with so much going on it’s easy to forget.

You may already be registered with a GP at home, but it makes more sense to register with one that’s near to where you spend most of your time – this means that you’ll be able to access healthcare at short notice should you need it.

Healthy eating

When you’re living away from home for the first time, it can be easy to fall into bad eating habits, especially when you are also trying to manage on a very limited budget. 

But eating healthily without spending a fortune is possible – you’ll find loads of recipes for cooking on a budget online, including some on our blog!

Just remember to eat regularly during the day to keep you going – depending on your schedule you might not be able to fit in three regular mealtimes so make sure you are snacking on healthy items such as fruit and vegetables throughout the day.  Oh and drink loads of water.  You know it’s good for you!

Talk to your friends and classmates

Staying healthy isn’t all just about your physical state – it’s also about your mental health too.  If you are feeling worried or anxious, the easiest thing for most people is to keep it bottled up inside, but that is not going to do you any favours in the long-run.  There are support and wellbeing services on campus if you want to talk to someone in confidence, but don’t forget the support of your peers too.

Let your friends or classmates know how you’re feeling too – having the benefit of a shoulder to cry on can sometimes help lift the worries of the world from your own shoulders.

Relax

If you’ve got coursework deadlines coming up or you are in the middle of revising for exams, finding time to relax is easier said than done.  But it’s really important that in the midst of all that work, you find time for yourself.  It could be as simple as a long soak in the bath, heading out for a walk in the countryside or sitting down and reading your favourite book – all with your mobile phone turned off!

Sleep!

Whilst communal living can be great fun, it’s not always the best environment for a good night’s sleep.    Noisy flatmates, exam anxiety and all-night parties are all factors that mean students tend to have some of the worst sleep patterns! 

Lack of sleep can make it difficult to concentrate and can be a contributing factor to stress, anxiety and depression so it’s vital that you get the right sleep that your body needs to feel refreshed and energised.  

Take time to relax properly, cut down on caffeine (although we understand that this is what keeps most of us going on a daily basis) and try to reduce the amount of screen time late at night.  Having a good night’s sleep will have a positive impact on your both your learning and your overall health.

 

For more information about Support Services available at Wrexham Glyndwr, please visit WGU4U


About the author

Heather Collin

Heather Collin

Heather graduated from University in History and English and has spent the last ten years working in Marketing, PR and Events.  She currently works in Digital Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr.

To get in touch with Heather please email heather.collin@glyndwr.ac.uk

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