How I manage my wellbeing at Warwick
Firstly, Happy Diwali everyone!!! ? Curiositea has a great range of drinks this week where only yesterday I treated myself to Firework Hot Chocolate and it’ll soon be the Bonfire Brew hopefully. Check out their collection here and treat yourself this Festival of Light week! It’d be good for your wellbeing, especially with friends!
Now the blog…
I am one of the Warwick Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors this year with the Warwick Wellbeing Services and am super excited about this role especially since I know many students who struggle with their mental health. Besides, I think managing wellbeing should be at the forefront whenever we talk about the university culture. Below I list some of my approaches for managing wellbeing. Feel free to share your own in the comments section!
Physical exercise: Not everyone may find the time (and the money) to got to the gym but I think, in my case, just walks from Canley to campus enjoying the weather and the environment do serve to cheer me up. Warwick Bhangra (and broken Bhangra in my room) also make sure I get the oxygen pumping to my brain.
Mental attitude: I always tell myself that if I can’t do anything about it, there’s no point stressing over it.
Managing workload: I don’t compare my hours spent revising to others’. I like to have a plan in my head and (try to) stick to it. I may be behind my mates but we all work differently and have different commitments as well. I love to have breaks every now and then. Sleep is very important and I have been making sure that I work so much during the days that I must go to bed at night and therefore all-nighters are simply not practical. I think if we really make use of all the time in the day and be productive, we can have quality sleep at night and not have to pull all-nighters. I know this is easier said than done with ever increasing piles of workload but getting your sleep is the prudent thing to do and work can wait another day.
Redirect the negative energy into something else when down: we’ve all had our sad moments when we feel very low but there is a way out of it. Turn to the creative part of you and try to do something and make something using the sad energy. I remember in my first year I was feeling very down once in my room and just picked up a pen and wrote a poem and it is still one of my favourite poems I have written. The poem is four stanzas and only after writing my first two ones, I forgot about the concern that was bothering me and began to think about how to finish it and improve its rhyming. This doesn’t have to be poetry but can also be drawing/painting/dancing but just something that requires you to move your hands or literally your entire body. In my case, poetry works and this also explains why I have written most of my poems under the influence of sadness. (This is something I learnt during Sprint and if you want to learn more, do the programme women!).
Do something you like before you face a fear or step outside of your comfort zone: I learnt this from the book Quiet by Susan Cain and now I often find myself doing this. When I was applying for industrial placements last year, with one company I had a telephone interview and just as the phone rang, I stressed out and was literally walking around the room as I was speaking to them. This obviously didn’t work out in my favour but then I had another telephone interview with another company and fifteen minutes before I was expecting their call, I started reading the book I was reading at the time and I actually passed my interview! In my case, reading is very therapeutic therefore it helped me to calm myself down and not panic and it worked! You may want to try the same approach? Also, in May when I was having my exams, the final hour I’d spend in my room before leaving, I’d do Bhangra. It really helped me to cheer up before the exam and while it didn’t help me with content, I was more composed and sat my exams with a calm state of mind.
Work is always there but working hard and keeping record of all the time spent productively helps to manage stress and get the sense of progress that is needed to keep going. Above I listed some of the things I do to cope. How do you manage your wellbeing?