January has been and gone, and whilst exams may be over (yay!) we’re stuck back into Uni, and it often seems like the winter is never-ending... but don’t worry! Here at AFS we’ve got some great tips for beating the blues, helping you to enjoy the rest of this semester!
• Plan a fun night out
Whether it’s your favourite club or that new classy bar you’ve always wanted to try out, get together a bunch of your closest friends and go celebrate! Buying a new outfit always cheers me up; but if you’re a bit strapped for cash you could always buy a new pair of shoes, or a bag or a bracelet... something that will freshen up a few different outfits!
• Plan a fun night in
If the idea of staying nice and warm inside, instead of braving the wind and rain, then why not plan a fun night in instead? Ordering a takeaway and watching DVDs with your friends is always a fun way to spend the night... or you could always throw a house party – all the fun of a night out without getting your hair ruined
• Plan a day trip
Being in the same city, doing the same things day in day out can get really frustrating... getting away for the day and forgetting about your daily uni/work issues can really help you feel more positive. It doesn’t have to be far away – just a bus or a train ride away. This was something me and my flatmates did quite a bit last year – from lunch in a country pub to shopping in a different city, it’s nice to escape it all for a while!
• Sort out your life
I don’t know about you, but if I know I’ve got a lot of tasks that need completing, it can really demotivate me, meaning things just get left. I find that if I write down everything I need to do (from something as daunting as finishing off a piece of coursework to something as small as doing my ironing); I feel better already, as if just by writing down a to-do list I’m starting to get things done. And it’s always satisfying ticking off each completed job – sad I know, but it makes me feel better and hopefully you’ll feel the same way too!
• Get a job
Let’s face it, a lot of uni courses don’t exactly demand you be in lectures for long periods of time and whilst at first the idea of all this newfound free time can seem great, you actually find yourself feeling (shocked face!) bored. It’s not exactly an unknown fact that the longer you spend doing nothing, the harder it is to start structuring your days. By finding a job or an internship, your increased responsibility and independence will stop you feeling so blue... plus if you get paid then even better!
• Make plans for the summer!
If you really think about it, summer isn’t that long away; and you want to make it a memorable one, right?! By making plans, whether it be an amazing holiday or a really prestigious work experience opportunity; you can rest assured that when June rolls round you’re going to have lots of fun. Plus, I always find that incentives really do make exams and coursework more bearable.
Written by Elle Pollicott
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