From tips to help you develop a healthy routine, to the benefits of yoga during exam season; the study blog has many posts to help you boost your wellbeing throughout term three and beyond. The exam season, however, is a particularly challenging and stressful period of study, which many students find leads to increased stress, sleep deprivation and low mood. If you’re feeling any of these emotions, it’s important to know you’re not alone.
While you might not feel comfortable sitting down with friends to discuss recent challenges and how you’ve been feeling, there are other resources and services you can access to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. This post tries to pick out some specific channels and services you might not have thought of or seen before, so that hopefully you can find something that works for you!
The posts already published on the study blog detail some great ways to manage your exam stress and sleep well. However, if you’re looking for an informative session in a safe and supportive setting, Wellbeing Support Services offer a range of fantastic masterclasses. These classes take place on a weekly basis, but there are also videos available to watch in your own time.
In addition to these masterclasses, they also offer specialist student skills sessions, facilitated by Wellbeing Advisers and Psychological Therapists. These sessions are not as regular as the masterclasses and you have to book in advance, but they offer a wider range of options that are definitely worth having a look at!
Library Online Lounge
If you’re looking for a chance to get away from your revision (or perhaps the motivation to carry on with it, if you still have exams!) the library online lounge offers a supportive, uplifting environment to keep your spirits high throughout term three.
Events such as switch on and work and mindfulness provide excellent ways to socialise over the next few weeks. You can join the online lounge here – don’t panic if the link looks like you’re joining a meeting, it’s just a link to join the teams group!
Know the Places You Can Go…
While the services and resources mentioned in this post are fantastic places to go if you’re struggling with the stress of the exam period, they may not be the best option for those looking for a more personalised form of support. They also don’t have many resources for more serious issues, for which you may benefit more from reaching out to CAPIT (Counselling and Psychology Interventions Team). If you’re not sure of where to go, you can always reach out to your personal tutor for reliable, confidential advice on which service is best to approach.
The library are currently working on curating reading lists, with resources to help you manage stressful periods/difficult emotions. These lists can be found here:
Pick me up: Reading and Resources for Wellbeing | University of Warwick (talis.com)
Resources to Support Mental Health | University of Warwick (talis.com)
Resources to Support Study and Exam Skills | University of Warwick (talis.com)
These lists are a current work-in-progress, so if there are any resources you recommend adding to the list, please leave a comment below or reach out to a library associate.
Do you have any wellbeing tips for other students in term three or resources that you can recommend for the reading lists? Let us know by tweeting us at @warwicklibrary, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leaving a comment below.
by Fay Inverarity