Looking after yourself
BY University of Reading 20 March 2017
Being a student is a busy task. In between lectures, socials, coursework and clubs, it’s easy to forget about looking after yourself. Remember to give yourself time to relax, sleep and reflect on your experiences. This section explores a few key factors to help you do this.
- Get breakfast – Nothing’s worse than trying to conceal a rumbling stomach. It’s good to have something at the start of the day, even if it’s just a piece of fruit and a cereal bar. The Health and Wellbeing blog has some more information, and a great breakfast smoothie recipe!
- Snack – One or two snacks can give you the energy you need to get the most out of your day. Chopped fruit, sliced veg and hummus are a great option.
- Keep hydrated – Too much coffee can make you feel jittery so try and limit these to a couple of cups a day. Why not try fruit juice, milk, or herbal tea? It’s also always a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you.
Physical exercise can not only help lift your mood, but can also help you sleep better. Find an activity you enjoy; whether that be going for a walk or spinning at the gym.
There are lots of things to do if you are feeling anxious or stressed. Take a walk around the campus to clear your head, read a book before bed, or make time to relax with a cup of tea. You might also find the Health and Wellbeing blog helpful – it is a good resource for helping with anxiety, coping with exams, trouble sleeping, and much more.
Remember to look after your mental well-being. University is often a time to face new experiences and meet new people, but everyone is different, so don’t be pressured into doing something you don’t want to.
Feeling a bit down?
Everyone has times in their lives when they feel down. It’s important to know that you can always ask for help. Chat to a friend, family member, partner or contact one of our support services.