Social Seesaw: How to reset after moving in

Moving into student accommodation and starting university is a busy time which comes with a lot socialising. With university comes a lot of ups and downs. Help yourself by thinking of the process like being a social seesaw. With World Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October, we have written a list on how to ensure you don’t burn out.


New experiences.

University is full of activities in and out of the lecture theatre, from meeting course mates to gathering at evening events at freshers.

During this time it is important to manage your time wisely like a social seesaw. Focus on one thing at a time and devise time saving strategies to ensure you don’t miss out on events.


Balanced workload.

Need to choose between finishing your course work and going to pub golf with your flat mates?

Be realistic on what can be achieved in the time you have. Remember to balance your time and make the right choices. Don’t be scared to say no to social gatherings. There will be loads more to attend. Find the right seesaw balance.


Keep in touch.

It is important to remember to touch base with your friends and family once you are settled in at university.

Let them know your schedule so you don’t have any unmissed calls and FaceTime’s.

Having a hard day or missing your home life? Remember they are only a call away. Sometimes having a conversation with someone away from your situation can help.

Learn how to deal with home sickness

  • Being a social butterfly during freshers’ week can be exhausting. Ensure that you schedule ‘me time’ and catch up with sleep and relaxation. No one wants to start their uni year ill or worn out.
  • You are bound to feel a little homesickness at first as you are in a new environment. This feeling will pass as you get used to your new surroundings.

Needy parents?

Are your family suffocating you with constant texts and calls in your first few weeks of university? Let’s face it, nearly all students get homesick in their first few months of uni and being in touch with family constantly may actually be making it worse.

Set boundaries.

Let them know your timetable. If you share your calendar, they will know when to leave you alone, and when you are free.

Send pictures instead of calls.

Do a daily check in photo. Quick and no need for a phone call. There is an app called BeReal which will work for this. Available for iOS and Android.

Every day at a different time, everyone is notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover what you friends and family are up to.

Be honest.

Not taking the hint? Be honest and explain that you need some time to settle in your new surroundings.

On average it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Your first two months in university are important.


Budget.

You’ve moved out of home, found freedom, and want to make the most of it. The reality is that you have deadlines and budgeting to worry about. We have put together a few tips to help your finances stretch that little further…

Use your student discount. Before buying, ask if they accept student discount. Sign un at UNiDAYS for fast, free and exclusive discounts.

Take out money for the week ahead. Seeing money physically in in your hand can help budget and lower the amount you spend.

Boost your income. Don’t have time to work a part time job? Sell your unwanted items online and switch on clever cashbacks on your banking app. Participate in surveys or

Use a budgeting app to help. Check out Cleo, a budgeting app that rocks.

Make sure you have the right account. Read our blog Best student bank accounts.


Watch your drink.

Host’s 4 tips 👇

  • Eat before drinking
  • Never leave a drink unattended.
  • Know your limits
  • Water before bed

We recommend you read drinkaware’s freshers week survival guide.


What are you doing to look after yourself?

Between juggling uni work, staying in touch with family and making new friends, you may be left feeling exhausted. Ever dreamt about sitting in a coffee shop and leaving your phone at home, watching the world around you, reading a book?

Set time aside to have quality time with yours truly. Time to reset.

A few ideas…

Read a book

Cook your favourite meal

Binge a new series

Treat yourself to an early night

Yoga

Get crafty

Journal – write and draw what you’re feeling

Make a playlist

Stretch your legs – go for a walk and find your new favourite place


Don’t be afraid to talk.

Not feeling yourself and need someone to talk to?

There are great associations that are there for your 24/7.

The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. Did you know, The Mental Health foundation’s information and advice is based on evidence and the lived experiences of real people. Find out how to look after your mental health and help prevent mental ill health from developing.

For excellent professional advice, visit Student Minds.

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity.

They empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. Their goal is to transform the state of student mental health so that all in higher education can thrive.


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