Studying at university can become stressful for students. It's important to adopt strategies to help you balance your personal and academic life, as well as remembering to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep so you can be at your best when studying for exams or completing writing assignments.
Student Life offers support for healthy study habits and you can contact advisors to discuss your concerns while at the University of Suffolk.
Write down a plan of what you want to be and where you want to be and how you can get there no matter how wishful or extravagant. When you feel out of sorts, take the plan out and have a look to remind yourself of where you’re heading.
Keep photos of your friends, family and special people around your room to remind you that they are on your journey along with you.
Take care of yourself – stick your headphones in and go for a run, start cycling on sunny days, make use of the cheap gym membership. If you’re feeling down, put on a comedy DVD and laugh out loud.
If you need to spend time with your family over the summer rather than going on holiday with your friends, do it. Do what’s best for you.
Be authentic – sooner or later people will know if you are faking it.
Self-esteem and self-belief come from you, not other people. You may want to check out one of student services or learning services workshops to help with this.
The past is the past, so leave it there and don’t let it control your future.
Volunteering is a good way to learn new things, meet new people, and generally help others.
If you have a faith, try not to neglect it at university. If you visit a place of worship regularly at home, try to carry on in your new town or city. There is a club, union or society you can join so you can grow and add to your faith
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