Find the joy in January

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We know, it’s cheesy but once the festive cheer has passed, assessments might be looming and everything™ is a bit, well, rubbish; the start of the year can feel pretty bleak. The holidays aren’t full of joy for everyone, and especially if you’ve returned home from uni for the first time since starting – or, haven’t been able to – things might be feeling heavier than usual.

We’re here to help you along and make sure you find some joy in January. It might be harder to find, but it’s worth it – we promise!

  • Look after yourself. You know the drill: a varied diet, plenty of sleep, and daily movement will all help you feel your best. Really.
  • Take January at your own pace. It’s the first chapter of the year: don’t feel you need to jump straight into the action if you don’t want to. If you’re setting goals, make them realistic and start small. Easy wins, for the win!
  • Make plans to look forward to! For January and beyond, schedule time amongst your studies to relax, recharge and reconnect with your people.
  • Stuck for ideas? Feel Good Fortnight is coming up, or check the UWE events calendar in the meantime for things to do on campus.
  • Do a good deed. Big or small: leave a 5-star review for your favourite café, buy a coffee for a friend, or search for volunteering opportunities online or in the local area. You’ll make someone’s day, and it feels good to do good.
  • It’s annoying but it’s true; you really DO feel better after exercise. Get moving – just 10 minutes a day will help! Who knows, once you’ve started you might just carry on..? And don’t forget – your MOVE membership is free, make the most of it!
  • Find your rhythm. Keeping up with regular routines, however small, will support your mental health.
  • Feeling the freeze? Make use of warm spaces on our campuses – they are here for you. Free meals on campus will continue, and from 9 January to 5 March you can get free hot drinks in Frenchay’s SU if you bring your own cup. 
  • Ultimately – take what you need from this list. You know you best, and you know when it’s time to do something different.

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