Content warning: this email references self-harm and suicide prevention.
This exam period we want to make sure you’ve got the support you need in place so you can look after your wellbeing while sitting your exams and assessments. Last week, we got in touch about what to do if you or someone you know is feeling distressed or suicidal, which you can read at student news. This week we’re focussing on how you can look after yourself, and each other, this exam season – read on to find out more.
We’re in it together
Feeling part of a community can provide a huge boost to your wellbeing. This exam period we want to encourage you to look out for each other and remember how far a small act of kindness can go. Whether it’s taking an extra five minutes to check in on your housemates or starting a conversation with a friend about how they’re feeling – it all counts towards feeling part of our community.
Our content ambassador, Georgia, recently shared her experiences about the value of communication and community – check it out for some great advice.
Take a break
Scheduling in study breaks – and making sure you take them! – can support you to achieve your goals in the long-run. It’s important to find the time for the things you enjoy, even during the exam period. Need some break-time inspiration? Then look no further:
- Try something new with our wellbeing activities
- Get active and move your body – check out Sporticipate for a variety of accessible activities
- Give back to our community with volunteering
- Lose yourself in some culture at Manchester Art Gallery or The Whitworth
- Have a coffee catch-up with a friend – check out Georgia’s recommendations for ideas
- Escape the city and spend some time in nature.
Get inspired with more ideas.
Six ways to wellbeing
When it comes to your wellbeing, a small action can make a big difference. Our six ways to wellbeing is designed to help you make positive changes to keep feeling good and living well.
There’s even a self-guided wellbeing walk you can do – why not try it while on a study break?
Reach out and get support
It’s easy to feel alone when you’re stressed or burnt out but remember that there’s a whole host of support you can access whenever you need it.
As mentioned last week, student support services are here to help with a wide range of resources to support your wellbeing – including tailored support, workshops and 121 sessions with our wellbeing advisors.
If you’re struggling with revision or need exam support, the Library is on hand with specialist help, including practical workshops, drop-in support and revision guides.
Our exam blog rounds up everything you need to know about assessments, so if you’re feeling lost, this is a great starting point and should give you all the practical information you need.
If you’re after immediate support, our crisis support blog sets out how you can get the help you need. Please familiarise yourself with this information so you know how you can help yourself and those around you if needed.
We wish you all the best of luck this exam season!