I’m Lucy the Vice President Wellbeing and Community here at Lincoln Students’ Union. Every month I share handy tips and suggestions around student wellbeing and tell you about what we have been getting up to. So, grab a hot drink and find somewhere comfy to sit whilst you read through this month’s blog all about getting through the winter months!
First of all, well done! You’ve made it through two months of Uni and a month of lockdown, which on its own deserves a huge round of applause. Not only that but many of you have had to self-isolate and you have managed it all while studying for your degree, so be kind to yourself and know that you are doing amazing. We know it may be some time until things go back to normal and you may be thinking about staying in Lincoln over the festive period so let’s have a chat about some ways you can keep busy and look after yourself.
With the end of term, assignments and the festive season coming up, it is important to plan your time wisely to ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed. Spending time with friends and loved ones is so important, especially at this time of year so make sure you set time aside to see them (even If it is virtually). Also make time to do the things you love! You may be working hard on upcoming exams or assignments but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your hobbies and interests. Schedule in some time to watch your favourite show on Netflix, read a good book or do some exercise, whatever it is that you enjoy. Maybe think about planning for the change of seasons- make sure you have a warm coat and watertight shoes to get you through the colder months (you don’t make the mistake of wearing leaky shoes more than once!).
Look after yourself
This year has been completely different to anything we have ever dealt with before so make sure you look after yourself. This could be getting some exercise and eating healthy meals, or it could be wrapping yourself up in a blanket and making a hot chocolate with all the trimmings. The point is self-care is different for everyone and even if it isn’t ‘Instagram worthy’ it is still self-care. Don’t feel guilty if how you look after yourself is different to how someone else does. We are all different and we know what our bodies need.
Get into the holiday spirit
If you celebrate a festive or religious holiday at this time of year, no time is too early to put up decorations (I’m surprised you haven’t already!). Put on some festive music, have a dance and decorate the house- even if this is just putting a bit of tinsel up somewhere. If you’re buying presents consider buying from small and local businesses, these are the ones that have been most affected this year and they are often hidden gems. Why not visit The Big Student Christmas Market’s virtual stalls and find some unique present whilst support your fellow students? You can find out more about The Big Student Christmas Market here.
Take a Break
It's important to take time over the break to actually have a break! This will help to prevent burnouts when you return to your studies and will also help boost your mood during the darker winter months. Personally, I love going for a walk and discovering a new local coffee spot or going to an old favourite chain for a Christmas themed drink. It is also a time to catch up with friends and family, be this virtually or a socially distanced walk.
I hope you all enjoy the festive period, eat enough mince pies to sink a small ship and spend time relaxing with your loved ones.
If you want to get in touch, or have any questions you can email me at [email protected], or message me on Instagram (@ulsuwellbeing) or Twitter (@ulsu_wellbeing). You are also able to contact the SU advice centre at [email protected] for impartial and confidential advice.
I’ll see you after the festive break!