Eat happy, sleep happy, study happy: how to maintain a healthy lifestyle this exam season

Exam season. It’s a two-word phrase that calls to mind so many negative thoughts. Cramming, all-nighters, caffeine overdoses and stress-eating are common habits of students in the lead-up to exams. However, these patterns of stress can put our bodies and minds under a lot of pressure, leading to burnouts, depressive states and even illness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during exams seems impossible- and more than that, it feels like you’re breaking some kind of unwritten but binding student contract. Exams = stress = unhealthy habits, right? Not necessarily. Check out the tips below on keeping healthy during exam season, and discover just how much better you will feel this year for doing so.

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Take a breather! Using yoga to supplement your studies

Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t all about toned women in fancy leggings contorting themselves into awkward shapes in a cloud of incense and soothing music. Yoga is for everyone, and that includes students. No matter what gender you identify as, size of clothing you wear, or level of flexibility you have, yoga can be used to take a break, get some exercise and tend to your body and mind. As Easter has come and gone and exams loom, this is the perfect time to fit some yoga into your routine and use it to help supplement your studies.

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Talk to the Library – Thursday 4 March 2021 is #UniMentalHealthDay

The Library is an intrinsic part of University life. In supporting all members of the University community (students, staff and alumni), the Library understands the challenges and stresses of the academic environment and how they can impact on mental health and wellbeing. As such, the Library not only provides support through resources, information and facilities, but also through connection and community too.  

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome at University

‘Imposter Syndrome’ is defined by Warwick’s Wellbeing Service as “a psychological phenomenon in which people doubt their accomplishments…and fear being exposed as a ‘fraud’, despite evident success or external proof of competence”. These fears are felt by countless students across the globe, but can feel incredibly isolating. This post provides three practical tips to beat those doubts.

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On the record: dealing with camera shyness in the world of online lectures

For those who struggle with anxiety, introversion, or are just plain camera-shy, online lectures can be terrifying. University classes have always been something that we can leave on campus, but in the current pandemic they are literally invading our homes, with lecturers popping up on-screen in our private spaces to ask us questions and (more troubling) to expect answers. Now that we’re in a second lockdown, and expecting to be online until at least mid-February, here are some strategies to help you cope with the stress of being on-camera during the next term.

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Conversations in the Bathroom: On Finding Your Inner Strength

Whether you’re stressing about revision and your exams or struggling to get your dissertation on the right track, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget to care of the most important person – yourself! Today we’re sharing a beautiful poem by our blogger, Jenny Mak, to remind you how strong you are, and that it’s fine to pause, and take a breath… By Ana Kedves  

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