Look after yourself during the summer

Issue date: 21 June 2018

The summer holidays can be a time to relax after exams but it can be difficult to adjust to the change of pace and environment. Follow our tips to look after your wellbeing this summer.

Keep a routine

Without the structure of University, daily routines can slip which can have an impact on your wellbeing. Try to stick to regular, healthy sleeping and eating patterns and schedule in things to do and look forward to.

Spend your time wisely

Some days off are great, but prolonged periods of being unproductive can leave us feeling negative about ourselves. Consider getting a job or doing some volunteering which not only gives back to the community, but gives a sense of purpose.

See friends and family

The summer holidays can feel isolating after spending term time with housemates and peers. Try to ensure you plan ahead to keep in touch with people over the summer and spend time with friends and family as often as you can.

Do things you enjoy

With the pressure of exams over, make time to do things you enjoy to keep you occupied and interested.

  • Listen to music that makes you happy
  • Be creative - draw, scrapbook, write, knit, dance, play an instrument
  • Watch your favourite TV show or film
  • Meditate or try mindfulness

Make time for physical activity

Research shows the positive impact of exercise on our wellbeing and the summer is a great time to get involved. This could be outdoors by going for a walk, run or bike ride or try joining a class or sports team.

Seek support

If you're finding the holidays difficult, please remember that our Wellbeing Service is open throughout the summer - check their opening times online.

You can access support by filling in the online registration form or by phoning 0117 32 86268. There's also a range of self-help resources about various topics commonly discussed in counselling, mental health and specialist mentoring support.

If you need to speak to someone outside of the University's opening hours, free anonymous online counselling is available via Kooth Student.

The Samaritans are also available for free, confidential support 24/7 on 116 123.

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