January Blues

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If you’re struggling a bit with being enthusiastic about anything at all, it might be the time of year that’s getting to you. For many people, January can be the worst month for winter blues.

Making just a few small lifestyle changes can significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Get Support

If you’re not feeling at your best, why not take part in one of the Wellbeing Services’ classes, which focus on improving your wellbeing, managing stress and overcoming emotional pain.

Eat Healthily

Studies show that having a balanced and varied diet can lead to increased productivity as well as improved physical and mental health. Staying hydrated is just as important – aim for 2 litres of water a day to prevent feeling sluggish.

Get Some Exercise 

You don’t have to run a marathon! Start small. Local gyms are a great place for beginners and there are often student offers available. Park-runs are a fantastic (and free!) opportunity to practise walking, jogging or running 5k with likeminded people. Just getting a little more active will enable your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body.

Organise Yourself

Remember that diary you had for Christmas? Use it! Schedule in time for studying and remember to plan for breaks too – then stick to it. If you don’t have a diary, make use of Outlook Calendar or get creative and make your own. You’ll be glad you did by the time exam season comes around.


Volunteering doesn’t cost a penny and you’ll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside when you see the positive impact you’re having. There are loads of local groups that would really benefit from some help. As an added bonus, volunteering will develop your skill-set and you’ll be able to put it on your CV.

Students’ Union Activities

The Students’ Union ‘Stress Less’ campaign starts on 20th January and will encourage you to take a break from revision. Blasus Succulent Emporium will be hosting plant sales and some very special pooches will be returning to campus as well.

Why not try something new? It’s never too late to join a club or society. Societies are created and run by students, so don't worry if you can't find a society that catches your eye, try starting your own!

Talk it Through

Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See The Wellbeing Service for more information.

Seek Help

If, however, your symptoms are so bad that you are struggling to live a normal life, we advise visiting your GP for medical help.