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Looking after yourself at university

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If you’re awaiting results and getting ready to depart for university, you’re probably excited about what the next few months have in store for you. The transition to university and student life can bring lots of opportunities, which can be easy for some, but it can be tougher for others.

Some students may experience issues such as academic stress, homesickness, drug and alcohol misuse or eating difficulties. Problems at university can lead to your health (physical or mental health) deteriorating.

However, there are many things you can do to help improve your health and wellbeing – ensuring you make the most of your time as a student.

1. Be social
Socialise with others and grow your friendship network. Chat with classmates, introduce yourself to fellow residents at your accommodation, join clubs and societies, get involved with any events at your university/college, accommodation or student’s union, volunteer in the community and embrace any work opportunities.

2. Communicate
Speak with your family and friends from home regularly. Let them know how you’re getting on, share your experiences and know that everything is ok with them too.

3. Sleep
Get a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed and recharged – you’ll wake up with a more positive attitude ready to take on the day.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health, but also your mental health. You’ll see an immediate boost in your overall mood; it’s a great way to clear your head and relieve any stress you may have.

5. Eat well
Maintain a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients, and avoid eating too much junk and convenience foods as they’ll will make you feel lethargic.

6. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly if you are drinking alcohol. If you don’t drink enough water you’ll become dehydrated which can cause headaches and make you feel tired and dizzy.

If you do experience problems, no matter how big or small they may be, you should always speak to someone and seek advice. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a doctor, a support group, your university’s welfare department or a member of the Host team, they will be able to offer support, help and guidance.

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