At a time where you’re focusing so much on your studies, it’s important to look after yourself too. Check out these tips to help you stay well during exam season:
- Rest and recharge. Aim for 8 hours sleep a night – this will help you to stay focused, energised and reduce feelings of stress
- Eat well when you’re studying. Eat breakfast, avoid skipping meals and have healthy snacks. Fruit has lots of natural sugars that provide clean energy, and vegetables are packed with nutrients. Eating healthily will improve your concentration and reduce stress. It’s a no brainer!
- Take regular breaks and do something you enjoy – this could be going for a 10 minute walk or chatting to a friend. Spending time away from your laptop and books can refresh your mind and leave you feeling relaxed
- If you feel worried, there are people and support services here to help you. It’s always a good idea to reach out – you can speak to a friend or family member, form a supportive study group or speak to your lecturer.
Support here at UC
Not matter how you’re feeling, you are not alone. There are support services here to help you manage your wellbeing at UC:
If you need someone to talk to about anything at all – if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, worried or just not sure what to do next, speak to one of the advisors at Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care. The service is completely confidential, and the advisors can talk with you about your situation, help you to figure out your options, and work out the best way forward.
Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre is here to help you stay healthy and well. They have full medical and counselling services available, which are free when you register with the Health Centre and have a community services card.
if you’re ākonga Māori, UC Māori provide manaaki atu, manaaki mai – pastoral care, support and guidance, while connecting into Māori culture and community at UC.
The Pacific Development team are here to support pacific students. The friendly Advisors can give pastoral care advice and help on anything that’s affecting you. Pasifika mentors are also on hand to provide guidance on anything you need.
Rainbow students can connect in with the Rainbow Advisor for advice and a safe space to chat about anything on your mind.
Sometimes the stresses of life can affect our mood and wellbeing. Check out Te Pae Oranga | Wellbeing Hub for information, resources and support on a heap of different topics including managing exams, mental wellbeing and anxiety & stress. It’s everything you need in one handy place.
You can can access these services through UCGO, the official UC app with all the tools you need to succeed.