Self Care

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University is stressful and tough but, once you complete your years at Uni, whether it be 3 or 4, you will have a degree and that’s an amazing achievement. Yes, university is a rollercoaster and you’ll have your ups and downs, so self care for your mental and physical health is important so, here are 3 things to help ‘take care of yourself’ whilst studying for a degree.

Space

Everyone can sometimes feel suffocated at Uni, so a little of space can do you good. This can be having a wander round campus outside of your Uni dorm room, going home to spend some time with the family or just simply going to a place you’ve never been before since starting University. At Edge Hill, it is just a 40 minute train ride from Ormskirk train station to go into Liverpool. If you’re lucky enough to have a car, you’re just 40 mins to an hour on the motorway to Manchester – so you have plenty of options.

Sleep

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I honestly can say that being a uni student, your sleeping pattern does go out of sync fairly quickly, but, this is the most important self care for yourself. Sleep helps you switch off from all the studying and readings, and just gets your body to chill out. The recommended amount is between 7-9 hours of sleep every night for a student, so get some, and you’ll be ready for that 9am that you dread…well hopefully.

Study Breaks

Some students tend to feel the need to constantly be doing readings and work to stay on top of everything. Although you do need to do independent study, there is also such a thing called ‘burning yourself out’ – where you don’t take many breaks. This can cause lots of stress and it is really not good for your mental health. So taking breaks such as getting a tea or just chilling out and socialising with your friends is a good thing. Also, taking breaks gives your brain time to process anything you’ve studied or read, and therefore, is more likely to stay in your mind.

I hope this has helped!

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