We've updated our getting ready for uni blog, and we've split our tips into different parts so that we can bring you all the details you will need over the next few months as you prepare for September and move in day.
Looking after your wellbeing during lockdown
At the moment, whilst we’re all in lockdown, there’s a great amount of uncertainty. It’s understandable if you’re feeling worried and anxious, concerned about your health or your family’s health, or just generally a little low if you’re bored or lonely.
But while you’re staying at home because of the coronavirus, it’s really important that you take care of both your mind and your body. Below are just a few things you can be doing to keep on top of your mental wellbeing while at home.
1. Keep your mind active
Under normal circumstances, you’d be out and about attending lectures, getting involved with your society’s activities and doing any other hobbies you may have. And although you may not be able to do your usual activities at the moment, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything.
It’s important to keep your mind active by undertaking activities that challenge you and allow you to be creative; whilst also keeping you occupied throughout the day. So, whether it’s reading, writing, drawing, completing a jigsaw or an online quiz (check our social media every Monday and Friday for some fun quizzes), find something that you enjoy and get stuck in.
You may have heard the phrase communication is key in the past, but during these uncertain times, this phrase could not be truer. Having someone to talk to can make you feel a whole lot better and do wonders for your mental wellbeing.
Get any worries or concerns off your chest and talk them through with someone you trust. Or if you’re bored, simply pick up the phone and call your mates for a natter and chat about everything and anything. The most important thing is to just stay connected and keep in touch with your family and friends – I’m sure they’d appreciate a chat too.
While in lockdown, you may decide to stay up all night binge-watching the latest series. I mean, it’s not like you have anything better to do, right?
Even if you feel there’s not much to rush up for, it’s important to maintain a regular sleeping pattern. Getting a good-quality sleep is important to feel refreshed and recharged; you’ll wake up with a much more positive attitude ready to take on the day.
With one form of outside exercise permitted a day, it’s worth getting out and making the most of this. Whether it’s a run around the city or a short walk around the block, regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health, but also your mental health and wellbeing.
Exercising is a great way to clear your head and relieve any stresses you may have; it releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling, so you’ll see an immediate boost in your overall mood.
Plus, if you’re feeling bored, it will give you something to do and kill some time in your day. If the weather’s not so great, you can still exercise. You can try out some home workouts such as some HIIT or yoga.
5. Eat well
Maintaining a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients, whilst avoiding too many junk foods, is more important than ever. Making the right food choices will maintain and even improve your energy levels, awareness, focus, and wellbeing; which is just what you need to get through the lockdown!
6. Take time to reflect
It’s not often you will get as much time as you have now to stop and think about things properly. With so many other things normally going on, it’s easy to forget to reflect on things. For example, what you have, what you’ve achieved and what has gone well for you.
So, now is the perfect opportunity to recognise your successes and the things you are grateful for; no matter how big or small they might be.
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To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; BulliesOut, Planet Patrol and World Land Trust.Show me all news
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It's important to get to enjoy the summer; there are plenty of things that you will now be able to do freely, and boosting your brain should be one of them. We've put together ways to keep your brain active over the next few months before you begin your university experience.