Your January Feel Good Focus

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by the Feel Good Team

Happy New Year – we hope that you have a nice break over the holidays!

January can seem daunting with covid, the cold weather and the typical ‘blues’ after all the festivities. It can also seem stressful if you have any exams or deadlines upcoming this month.

Here at Feel Good, we want to help you get back to your studies in the healthiest and most positive way possible and help you manage with any stress that you may have.

Try to get a good amount of sleep

Having a good night’s sleep helps you focus throughout the day. Try to aim to have 7-8 hours of sleep. It can seem challenging when thinking of assessments, perhaps try having a bath or shower before bed, a hot drink, reading a book and putting the phone down earlier on in the evening. There are also some apps that help you relax such as Calm or Bloom.

Get organised

Having a planner and writing down tasks can help when it seems that you’re balancing a lot. By seeing what tasks you have can help you realise how to complete them more effectively. Having an organised revision schedule always helps manage stress, but also keeping a tidy and organised room will help too. A good tip to try and maintain this is to tidy your desk and room when you first get up and get ready for the day. By having a clean environment, it can help reduce stress and help you focus on the main task of studying.

Give yourself a break

As important as studying is, it’s important to take a break. Find 15 minutes (#Find 15) to go for a walk, watch your favourite programme, exercise or make a nice meal. You need to take regular breaks so that you don’t burnout. There are many walking routes around all the UWE Bristol campuses. But if you are studying from home, try and look up local routes for you to have a break and explore.

Keep talking

If you are feeling overwhelmed after the holidays, it’s ok to not feel ok. But it’s important to communicate to friends, family or our staff here at UWE Bristol so that they can support you through this time. Your lecturers are here to support you too if you’re feeling stressed about an assessment or anything else. Our health and wellbeing services are always here to help too.

Coming soon…Feel Good February!

Something to look forward to, Feel Good February is coming up!

If you’ve not engaged with Feel Good February before, it’s filled with exciting activities both online and in person (subject to change from advice from the government). The month will be split into weekly themes of relax, try something new, get active and eat well. Each week will be full of things for everyone to get involved in, so keep checking the Feel Good pages for updates! Plus, keep an eye out for the Feel Good February giveaway!