Health and Wellbeing

Valen-mine's Day

February’s here and we’re fast approaching Valentine’s Day. In our experience it’s something of a ‘love it or hate it’ day, but regardless of your feelings about the 14th February, we think it’s full of opportunity to look after your most important relationship – the one you have with yourself.

Looking after our mental, physical and social wellbeing can help us to feel happier, more positive and get more out of life, so taking some time to look after ourselves and explore our own interests can have a very positive effect on our lives.

Here are our ideas on how to practice self-care and show yourself some affection in the season of love.

Mental Wellbeing

Have a self-date - Spend some time alone doing something that you love (reading, taking a relaxing bubble bath, watching your favourite movie)

Stroke a pet - It’s a brilliant way to help you de-stress. If you don’t have one of your own then why not borrow one or go along to Doggy De-stress

Treat yo’ self! – buy a small luxury (some fancy tea, a plant, some fun stationary) for yourself and recognise your own worth

Get creative – doing something creative helps to bring us into the present moment, focus on something positive, and gives us a sense of achievement. Spend some time crafting, writing, knitting, drawing, gardening, composing, cooking… anything creative that appeals to you!

 

Physical Wellbeing

Cook a nourishing meal – Eating regular, healthy meals will help to nourish your body and make you feel more energised. Eating a healthy balanced diet can also help to improve your mental wellbeing and mood. What better excuse to cook yourself a slap-up meal?!

Sign up to the X-Card - The X-Card scheme is run by the university and gives you access to free condoms, dams and Femidoms. Give yourself some peace of mind knowing that you’re looking after your sexual health (and it could be handy to stock up before the 14th, just in case…)

Go to bed (and sleep) – Getting enough sleep each night makes a huge difference to the way we feel. Aim for 7-9 hours a night

Get moving – Exercising, especially outside, has great benefits. As well as the physical benefits of improving our strength/fitness, even short bursts of exercise can release endorphins that make us feel good. You could go for a walk or run, take a swim, follow some yoga or workout videos online, or just have a dance to your favourite songs!

 

Social Wellbeing

Do something niceDoing even a tiny nice thing for someone else can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. We’re not talking about buying giant bouquets of flowers for your beloved – even stopping to hold open the door for a stranger counts

ConnectConnecting with others is great for our wellbeing. Have a cuppa with a friend, or even a quick chat with the person working at the checkout while you’re buying your shopping

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy treating yourself. For more information about looking after your wellbeing take a look at our Health and Wellbeing web pages.

 

Practicing self-care is important for all of us, but it isn’t a substitute for professional treatment if someone has a serious mental health problem. For more information take a look at our web pages.