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Prioritising self-care over the exam period

16 May 2024

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Taking time away from studying during exam season is vital to avoid burnout and is important in maintaining good mental health. Loughborough provides a range of opportunities to relax and enjoy time away from revising and coursework during this period.

Hall days are a great opportunity to engage with the people you live with and enjoy games and food. Hall committees work hard to organise these days for residents and often communicate activities over social media, make sure to keep in the loop via your Hall’s social media pages to get involved with these activities!

Loughborough is well-situated with connections to many cities around the UK including short journey times to Leicester and Nottingham. This can be a nice opportunity to explore these areas and take a break from studying on the weekends. Loughborough town has many cafés and shops, which are great for a short break from studying.

There are also many balls held within communities under the University and the Students’ Union, including the Athletic Union ball, Hall balls, and Society balls. If you are involved in any student communities, it can be fun to celebrate the achievements of your club or society and a unique opportunity to socialise with other members.

Exercise can also be a great way to unwind in your downtime and provide great mental health benefits. Powerbase and Holywell gyms on campus offer great facilities and are close to study spaces for ease. There is also plenty of choice if you’d like to get involved with sports at the Uni, this can be through the Athletic Union, My Lifestyle, Intra-Mural Sport (IMS), or through Loughborough Students’ Union.

Loughborough campus provides many outdoor spaces to take time away from studying. The Paddock is a great area during the summer, with lots of students spending summer evenings playing games and enjoying the area. Burleigh Wood is also a nice place to take a relaxing wander (especially when the bluebells are in season), as well as the rest of campus!

The Sustainability Team often run events as part of Fruit Routes, which can offer students a great way to relax during and spend some time volunteering on campus. Many events are run throughout the year, but this is a nice opportunity to switch your mind off during exam season.

If you have any concerns during exam season, Student Wellbeing Drop-in Sessions are running every week at the Bridgeman Building and can offer students a range of help around mental health, financial issues, and more. Students can also refer to the LU Wellbeing app and Togetherall for further support.

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