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9 ways to improve your wellbeing at university

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Being able to balance your academic responsibilities along with your personal wellbeing is important to ensure you have a successful and enjoyable university experience. Being active plays a big role in helping to achieve this.

Here are 9 ways to help you improve your wellbeing while studying at university:

1. Be social

Making connections and maintaining personal relationships are extremely important for your mental wellbeing. Fortunately, university offers plenty of opportunities to make friends. Attending social events or joining student clubs are great ways to expand your social circle, create memories, and have fun.

2. Join a sports club

Participating in university sports clubs not only helps improve your fitness, but also provides you with an opportunity to make friends and connect with other students.

Whether it's through team sports, individual sport, or martial arts, joining a sports club allows you to stay active, make friends, relieve stress and experience the thrill of competition while at university.

3. Join the gym

Exercise is not only essential for maintaining your physical health, but it also plays an important role in your mental wellbeing. When exercising, your brain releases endorphins, which naturally relieve stress and can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, making it an extremely effective tool for improving wellbeing.

Joining the gym will provide you with regular access to purpose built facilities and fitness classes. Exercising regularly will help you to reduce stress, boost your mood, increase your energy levels and enhance your overall wellbeing while at university.

4. Explore the university facilities

The University campus has plenty of facilities and services available that can support both your physical and mental wellbeing.

For a fun way to mentally unwind and destress, you could try out some gaming at the Esports Centre. If you prefer engaging in something a bit more physical, visit the Sports and Wellness Hub , Cryfield Pavilion , Westwood Games Hall , or Tennis Centre to try different sports and explore opportunities to get moving.

5. Take plenty of study breaks

Studying hard is a core component of life at university. However, studying for long hours can leave you feeling fatigued and unmotivated. Make sure you manage your time effectively and allow yourself plenty of time to relax and refresh to avoid mental burnout.

Use tools like planners, calendars, or other digital apps to schedule your study sessions and social activities. Prioritise tasks, set realistic goals and allocate time for breaks and relaxation to help you stay organised.

6. Practice mindfulness

University life can be fast-paced and demanding. Mindfulness, the practice of being fully present in the moment, can help you manage stress and improve your overall mental wellbeing.

Consider incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises or simply taking a moment to appreciate your surroundings. You could even try mindful movement activities such as yoga to combine both mental relaxation and exercise.

7. Prioritise self-care

Self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy balance between your academic demands and personal wellbeing.

Dedicate time to activities that help you relax. This could involve reading a book, going for a walk, listening to music or engaging in a hobby you enjoy. Prioritising self-care not only helps you to recharge, but also improves your ability to handle the challenges of university life.

8, Sleep well

Maintaining a good sleeping pattern is very important for your overall wellbeing while at university. Sleeping well helps promote emotional stability, resilience and a positive mindset. Insufficient sleep can lead to anxiety, irritability and mood swings.

Establish a regular sleep routine and aim for 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Creating a cosy environment, practicing relaxation techniques and avoiding caffeine and screens before bed will help you get a good night's rest.

9. Seek support

University can present its fair share of challenges, and it's important to remember that you don't have to face them alone.

If you're struggling with academic or personal issues, be sure to reach out for support from friends, family, or the University.

By incorporating these 9 tips into your university life, you'll be well on your way to improving your wellbeing and enjoying a fulfilling and balanced university experience.

Sam Davis Content Contributor, Warwick Sport

Sam is a content writer and sport enthusiast with a keen interest in football, judo, and hockey.


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