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Maintaining Wellbeing During the Festive Season and Exam Term

As the festive season unfolds and exams draw near, we at the Wellbeing Service have prepared some essential tips to support you through your break and beyond. These tips are designed to help you maintain balance, reduce stress, and enhance your overall wellbeing during these busy times. You’ll find practical advice below for navigating the festive season with ease and tackling exam stress with confidence.

Remember, taking care of your mental and physical health is key to your success and happiness. We hope these recommendations will be a valuable resource for you.

Happy studying and happy holidays!

Maintaining Wellbeing During the Festive Season

1. Connect with Others
Reach out to friends or join community events. Social connections can boost your mood and provide a sense of belonging. Whether it’s a quick chat with a neighbour or attending a local event, these interactions can be incredibly uplifting.

2. Take Time for Yourself
Set aside moments for relaxation and reflection. Whether it’s reading a book or simply taking a quiet walk, these moments of solitude can help recharge your mental batteries and reduce stress.

3. Practice Mindfulness and Breathwork
Try mindfulness meditation and breathwork. These practices can help centre your thoughts, allowing you to feel calm and connect with your inner voice. Incorporating these techniques into your daily routine can significantly reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

4. Mindful Eating
Enjoy holiday treats but balance them with nutritious meals. While it’s tempting to indulge, mindful eating involves savouring your food and listening to your body’s hunger cues. This balance helps maintain both physical health and mental wellbeing.

5. Practice Gratitude
Take time each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for. Gratitude can reduce stress and boost your mood by fostering a more positive outlook.

Recommendations for Exam Preparation

1. Create a Study Plan: Organise your study material and allocate specific times for each subject. A well-structured plan can reduce anxiety and enhance focus.

 

2. Regular Breaks: Don’t forget to take short breaks during study sessions. This helps in retaining information and prevents burnout.

  • Try Pomodoro Technique: The Pomodoro Technique involves studying for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. This helps maintain focus and prevents burnout. A simple online Pomodoro timer like TomatoTimer can be used to track these intervals.

 

3. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and engage in physical activities. A healthy body fosters a healthy mind.

  • Sleep Hygiene: Good sleep is essential for cognitive function and stress management. The Sleep Foundation offers tips and techniques for better sleep.
  • Physical Activity: Yoga or Quick Workouts: Engaging in yoga or quick 10-15 minute workout sessions can help relieve stress. You can try this Yoga for Beginners flow.
  • Healthy Eating: Nutritional Advice: Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial during exam times. Websites like NHS Eatwell Guide provide practical advice on balanced eating.

 

4. Stress Reduction Practices: Utilise some practical techniques to stay calm and centred. Even a few minutes of deep breathing or meditation can significantly reduce stress.

  • Try the 5-4-3-2-1 Method: This method is a grounding exercise, and it can help to calm anxious thoughts and keep you focused and mindful in your environment.
  • Breathing Exercise: Breathing is a powerful tool to help calm the mind and reduce stress. Try Square Breathing practice to calm your nervous system.

 

5. Positive Visualization: Imagine yourself succeeding in your exams. Positive visualization can boost confidence and reduce exam-related anxiety.

  • Try Safe Place Visualisation: Having a safe place to imagine can be helpful during times of stress. You can check this practice to create your own safe place.