Written by: Fawziyahh Ahmed, VP Wellbeing and Diversity https://www.upsu.com/representation/representatives/vpwellbeingdiversity/
We all know how stressful studying can be, whether it's lectures, coursework, revision, exams, or any other form of academic activity, especially around exam season. Therefore, we are re-launching the Stress Less Campaign.
As a students’ union, we want to encourage you to take time out for yourselves to look after yourself during this period and improve your overall wellbeing while you study. Mental health and wellbeing are just as important to students, as to anyone else. Whether we are well or not, we all have mental health, and we are all at risk of becoming unwell if we don’t look after ourselves or if we don’t feel that we have adequate support in place. This campaign will feature several activities such as social media takeovers, study and relaxation tips, and more.
Come along to the library during the assessment period and pick up a treat bag on us - you deserve it!
Free Fruit Giveaway
Pop by The Hive and pick up a free banana or orange to keep up your energy during exams and revision. The library also gives out free fruit during evenings and nights.
Check out our Instagram takeover for Wellbeing Wednesday for tips on how to take care of your wellbeing during the assessment period.
Every Tuesday at 12pm, the University Wellbeing team runs Calm and Soothe Sessions where they share tips and techniques to help you reduce stress and strengthen positive experiences.
Find out more here.
SU 'Destress zone'
Drop into the hive to unwind with a book, relax, grab a cuppa and a toastie or get competitive with one of our board games. Grab a book or a board game from the Lounge and join us in The Hive Destress Zone, just make sure you return them when you're done for other students.
Virtual Give it a Go Sessions (GIAG)
Want to try something new? Check out the SU virtual GIAG timetable which is free for all University of Plymouth Students to access. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any experience all the sessions are beginner level and you do not need to have any equipment to partake.
Find out more here.
Where to get Support:
The Students’ Union is here to represent you and empower you so that you can integrate smoothly into the university and make the most of your time here. All students have access to free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice from the SU Advice Team.
Wellbeing Services are open and available to support you wherever you are.
Togetherall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or 1-to-1 therapy with therapists.
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity.
We empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
We have collected some resources to help you look after your wellbeing during the assessment period.