Blues and Burnout: How to keep happy and energised this exam season

It’s that time of year again, and this exam season only seems to be made more stressful by the fluctuating weather and the covid restrictions that seem to be easing at an excruciating snail’s pace. Being shut indoors with a pile of revision on your desk and exams looming can be a real strain on our mental health- an overworked mind and deflated mood can quickly lead to exam blues, and even total burnout. But exam season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Check out the tips below, and help keep yourself happy and energised in the weeks to come.

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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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How to explain your degree to someone who has never studied it

‘So, what do you study?’

You’ve been asked it a thousand and one times, but you’ve somehow never managed to find the perfect answer. Say your degree title and you risk being stereotyped into the box that people associate that subject with. Go into too much detail and you’re bound to lose them. Make it too basic and you can sound patronising. It’s a simple question that can be so difficult to answer. Luckily, this post is full of tips to help you answer that dreaded question with the least amount of awkwardness possible.

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‘Am I Bothered?’: Lockdown Learning in Challenging Circumstances

While the UK may be beginning to ease out of lockdown restrictions, the current ‘work from home’ message can feel like the world is as shut down as ever. This experience is made even worse when your home isn’t particularly work-friendly. Read these three tips for making the best out of a distracting studying environment.

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From hopeless to romantic: how to romanticise your degree

romanticise /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪsʌɪz/
verb: romanticise
deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is. (Oxford Languages)  

Valentine’s may be over, but that doesn’t mean the romance is dead! Sometimes our degrees can be a source of frustration, anxiety, or just plain boredom. When you’re halfway through a seemingly endless bibliography or struggling with exercises that you just can’t seem to get your head around, it can be really hard to love (or even like) your degree. However, if you can learn to romanticise what you study it can go a long way towards helping you achieve degree satisfaction. Check out the tips below, and start falling in love with your degree again!  
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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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Welcoming Rolf back onto campus – our own ‘Campus Cat’

Worshipped as gods by the Ancient Egyptians, protected by law and mummified after their death. No, this is not about pharaohs. It’s about our furry companions. While there were many other feline goddesses in ancient Egypt, Bast was the only one represented as a domestic cat. She had many roles, including being the goddess of protection. No wonder that one of her “manifestations” – Rolf – has been patiently and persistently patrolling Warwick’s campus, protecting our community and making sure that everything is in perfect feline order. After his accident in early February, he fully recovered and Warwick decided to welcome our superstar back, as he truly deserves.

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How our pawsome companions can help us nurture our inner child

An English author and the Winnie the Pooh’s creator Alan Alexander Milne said: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” So, what it is that we could learn from them if we observed and listened more carefully? And how one curious cat – our campus buddy Rolf – captured the heart of entire Warwick’s community and brought so much joy in an often stressful academic environment?…By Blanka Matkovic

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