Well done on getting through the 2018/19 academic year! Whatever you’re studying, we’re sure you’ve worked hard and persevered with some tough assignments and exams.
To make sure you do just as well (if not even better!) next year, it’s important that you go back in September feeling fully refreshed and rejuvenated.
Now don’t worry. This isn’t all going to be about wellness and mindfulness and making healthy lifestyle tweaks, although that is part of it.
So let’s get started.
Spend Quality Time with Family and Home-Friends
You may have spent a lot of the last year missing home, and certainly the people there, so make sure you catch up with everyone while you’re home for the summer.
Now that you’re a full-on adult, you will unfortunately find that you have less and less free time on your hands. These summer holidays while you’re at uni may well be the last long summer breaks you ever get to enjoy at home, so make the most of them! Especially if you’re not planning on moving back after you graduate.
Hit the Road
As great for the soul as homecoming is, you do risk boredom if you spend the entire holiday there, which might then leave you feeling more glum than fresh.
A day-trip and weekend break here and there will keep you occupied and give you something to show for your summer off - even if you just stay in the UK.
Of course, if you fancy going a little more exotic, by all means head off abroad. Whether you want a few days in Venice or a few weeks in Vietnam, use this opportunity to see the world. (Here’s our blog about getting out and about during summer.)
Read for Pleasure
Chances are you’ve done quite a bit of reading at uni for the last 10 or 11 months…
But reading for academic purposes (even if you are enjoying it) and reading for pleasure are two very different exercises. With the former, you’re soaking up knowledge and constantly analysing, whether it’s English Lit or Biochemistry that you’re studying. Reading for enjoyment is about escapism and entertainment - one of life’s oldest and greatest pleasures.
So why not get stuck into that new bestseller you keep hearing about and seeing on your Instagram feed? Or do some googling about classics that seem to be up your street. Or you might already have a big reading pile - if so, get stuck into that.
And the beauty of this activity is that you can do it more or less anywhere. In your room, out in the garden, at the park on a picnic blanket, on the bus into town, in a coffee shop.... You get the idea.
Do Some Binge-Watching
If you’re not much of a reader, or if there’s a limit to how much reading you can be bothered with, get on Netflix or NowTV or whatever platforms you use, and go nuts. It’s still escapism, and a boxset binge here and there is a great form of relaxation. With all the work and play you have to juggle during the academic year, you don’t really get the time to immerse yourself like this, so take advantage!
Just make sure you open the blinds now and then for a bit of daylight, and maybe go for a 20-minute stroll or so each day. We’re pretty sure your eyes won’t turn into squares, but you can never be sure.
Catch Some Exercise
Sitting on one’s backside is a glorious pastime, but like everything, it’s best enjoyed in moderation.
A great way to balance out the lazy days is to stay active in between - whether it’s going on long runs, enjoying leisurely bike rides, doing some lengths at the swimming baths, playing footy, throwing around a frisbee or just walking to the shop.
In any case, the physical activity will keep your endorphins high and put a spring in your step.
Catch Some Zzzzzs
All this summertime running around (whether actually running, or just being out and about enjoying your freedom) is going to tire you out, so you need to make sure you recharge your batteries.
Plus, the year at university has probably also taken a toll on you, whether you realise it or not, and even if you aren’t a party animal.
If you can get early nights, that’s great, but if not, have lie-ins! What counts is that you’re getting the right amount of sleep for you - because everyone is different. Maybe you’re an early riser and you feel at your best when you get up before 7. Do whatever works for you.
Eat Healthily (but Not Too Strictly!)
We’re not talking about weight-loss or anything like that here. It’s not our place.
What we’re talking about is making healthy food choices to help you feel better, because it is a universal fact that the food you eat has an effect on your mental health and your general sense of wellbeing.
We know that you haven’t spent the last year eating Domino’s and Pot Noodles, because that’s just a bad stereotype, but it might well be the case that you’ve gone for the more convenient, less nutritious options when it comes to food.
This summer break is the time to restore the equilibrium and give yourself some TLC. Eat plenty of greens, fruits and other vitamin-rich foods - with high-quality protein from meats and/or fish (or, if you’re vegan, from other sources such as mushrooms, nuts and so on).
That said, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of your favourite foods. Everything in moderation is fine. Even deep-fried Mars bars, if they’re your thing...
Get Slowly Back into the ‘Uni’ Headspace
After a summer of taking it easy and “doing you”, making the transition back to academia might be a bit of a shock to the system - especially if you push uni to the back of your mind until the night before you go back.
To help ease yourself back into the uni headspace and get prepped, try to start thinking about the upcoming academic year a few weeks in advance, rather than treating it as a chore to be dreaded. Check your reading list, get any necessary arrangements made and go back in a calm frame of mind.
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