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News: The Well­be­ing Team’s Guide to Christ­mas 2020!

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Christ­mas can be a time of fun and relax­ation, but for some it can be stress­ful and drain­ing on our men­tal resources. Accord­ing to a sur­vey for the Nation­al Union of Stu­dents (NUS) more than 50% of stu­dents say their men­tal health has declined since the COVID pan­dem­ic began’. Not­ting­ham Col­lege is only too aware of how impor­tant it is to look after your­self over the fes­tive period.

Here are the Stu­dent Well­be­ing Team’s top 10 tips for look­ing after your­self this fes­tive sea­son. By tak­ing some time our and fol­low­ing tips like these, you’ll help to ensure you’re feel­ing relaxed and ready to study and achieve in January:

  1. Exer­cise to feel good – exer­cis­ing releas­es chem­i­cals called endor­phins into your body which make us feel hap­py. We might not all fan­cy a run after our Christ­mas din­ner, but a brisk walk or bike ride can do you just as much good!
  2. Eat well – try to get your 5 a day of fruit and veg­eta­bles – they’re great for immu­ni­ty and pro­vid­ing some extra energy.
  3. Stay hydrat­ed – water is one of life’s most ben­e­fi­cial resources to improve our well­be­ing – and it’s free! If you’re drink­ing alco­hol; stay with­in rea­son­able lim­its and drink plen­ty of water.
  4. Do stuff that makes you feel good – remem­ber to fac­tor in some you time and prac­tice some self-care such as doing some arts and crafts, lis­ten­ing to music or hav­ing a pam­per session.
  5. Socialise* – over the Christ­mas peri­od of 23 – 27 Dec, the Gov­ern­ment has relaxed the COVID guide­lines to enable peo­ple to cre­ate a Christ­mas bub­ble of 3 house­holds. Make sure you stay with­in the rec­om­mend­ed guide­lines, but social­is­ing can help to relieve some of the anx­i­ety we have all expe­ri­enced as a result of being iso­lat­ed from our loved ones.
  6. Give to oth­ers – although Christ­mas is tra­di­tion­al­ly a time of giv­ing gifts, it’s easy to for­get that giv­ing our time to oth­ers can be even more impor­tant and appre­ci­at­ed. Why not donate to a food bank or sup­port a charity?
  7. Take time out to relax – Christ­mas can be a busy time but remem­ber to recharge your bat­ter­ies by sleep­ing well, get­ting some fresh air and hav­ing time to yourself.
  8. Keep learn­ing – Christ­mas is a time to take a break from col­lege, but learn­ing a new skill, read­ing a book or keep­ing on top of col­lege work can give us new goals and moti­va­tion to keep achieving.
  9. Look after your finances – Set your­self a bud­get and only spend what you can afford. Most peo­ple pre­fer a thought­ful home­made gift than some­thing expen­sive anyway!
  10. Take notice of the world around you – mind­ful­ness is a way of tak­ing time to notice our sur­round­ings and clear our minds. 

*All advice around social­is­ing must be with­in the cur­rent rec­om­mend­ed gov­ern­ment guide­lines for the Not­ting­hamshire area. Please be aware this may change and check https://​www​.gov​.uk/​f​i​n​d​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​l​o​c​a​l​-​r​e​s​t​r​i​c​tions regularly. 

If you are in crisis:

  • Tell some­one how you’re feel­ing – a close friend, fam­i­ly mem­ber or pro­fes­sion­al who can give you imme­di­ate help. 
  • Make sure you’re safe – remove your­self from dan­ger­ous or volatile situations 
  • Ensure some­one you trust knows where you are and how to con­tact you. 
  • Call the emer­gency ser­vices if you are at imme­di­ate risk of harm or go to A&E for urgent support.

Use­ful phone num­bers and websites:

Find out more.

The College’s Well­be­ing Hub for stu­dents pro­vides lots of sup­port to stu­dents, about a whole range of issues. Our Stu­dent Well­be­ing Team are keep­ing keep this site updat­ed with any­thing use­ful they find. 

Cur­rent stu­dents can access the Well­be­ing Hub by log­ging into StudentNet.

The team reg­u­lar­ly share use­ful apps on our social media too. 

Published on:
  • 11th December 2020 (12:56 PM)
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