Christmas is just around the corner - where has the term gone! We know that the holidays can be a challenging time for many reasons, so whether you’re traveling back to your family home, or spending the break somewhere else, it’s important to think about how you’re going to look after yourself and those around you. We’ve put some tips together to help you have a restful break, and where to get help if you need it.
While many students will be traveling home for the holidays at the end of term, there will be many reasons why some will not be able to return to their families or may choose to spend the holidays alone. For some, this may be a welcome change, but for others, it may be a source of considerable stress. However you feel about your holiday arrangements is valid, and we should be mindful that others around us may be having a very different break from us.
For this reason, it is important to stay in touch with family and friends over the break. You could organise a festive catch-up, movie night, or even just send a quick text to check in with someone you know who might be struggling. For those who are spending the holidays alone, or with family they don’t have the best relationship with, taking the time over the holidays to connect with the people you want to be with can be invaluable. If you want some more ideas about how to celebrate holidays while apart from loved ones, check out this article.
If you’re staying on campus, keep an eye out for more information about Christmas events and opening hours on the Student Intranet.
As well as keeping in touch with other people, it’s important to make time for yourself over the break too! You may have coursework or revision to be doing, so establishing a routine and clear boundaries between work and rest will be essential in giving you a headstart for whatever the new year may bring. Here are our top tips for building a healthy routine:
We know the holidays can be a difficult time for many people, for various reasons. If you’re finding it difficult to cope, there are services available over the break to offer you support.
If you’re on campus, you can find out how to get help in an emergency here. The NHS doesn’t shut down over Christmas, so in the event of a mental or physical health crisis, the emergency services can be contacted at any time by calling 999. For advice about urgent issues, you can also call 111. The Samaritans also offer 24/7 emotional support, just call 116 123, or email them at email@example.com.
Additionally, Student Space (from Student Minds) is offering free phone, email, and live chat support every evening, and 24/7 text support, as well as loads of useful resources for students during the coronavirus pandemic.
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