We know that the beginning of the year can be tough, with festivities long over, dark mornings and early sunsets it’s not surprising that January can sometimes feel like a slog! We asked some of our Student Wellbeing Champions what they do to help them get through this time of year and look after their mental and physical wellbeing. Read their responses below for some tips and tricks to help beat those January Blues.
‘I have started attending ‘Reset and Restore’ sessions which involve yoga, breathwork, and cold water immersion therapy. This has helped me focus on myself and rid my body of everyday stresses. I also use the Fika mental fitness app as it is free for UWE students and has exercises to help with all aspects of mental health. ‘ Diane
‘Something that helps me to beat the January blues is going to the gym even when I don’t feel like it as it’s cold outside. Keeping active is really beneficial for my mental health and makes me feel like I have accomplished something.’ Daisy-Mae
‘What works best for me is late night walks which I do on a daily basis which helps me relax and calm down before I sleep. This ensures that I wake up fresh everyday.’ Fayaz
‘I find planning things, like seeing friends or visiting my parents, helps me have things to look forward to. I also accept the fact that I may struggle a bit more during the winter period and so I make sure I’m kind and patient with myself as well as talking to my support network! Liv
If you are looking for activities of events to help you get through the colder months you can find all Students’ Union events on our ‘What’s On’ page.
If you are struggling and you ever find yourself needing someone to talk to, needing a safe space, needing someone who would listen with no judgments, the UWE Wellbeing Service and The Students’ Union Advice Centre are here for you. Please contact them and they will be happy to offer their support.
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