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Staying well over the Easter break

Published: 28 March 2019
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As the Easter break begins, changes to routine, approaching deadlines and exams could be leaving you feeling a little uneasy. However, it is important to remember to use some of this time as a break, look after yourself and remember that there is support available wherever you are.



Want to talk to someone?

If the Easter break feels stressful or causes you to worry, you can contact Student Life who will continue to be available to all University students 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the Easter break, in person and by phone. Alternatively, Samaritans are available 24/7 by phone and email.

If you are very distressed or feel that your safety may be at risk during this time, consider contacting one of these urgent support numbers.

Supporting yourself over Easter

Many of our students will be leaving Southampton over the Easter break, which may mean that you're away from your usual support network and resources. During the vacation period, make the most of resources which you can find online.

Read through one or more of the NHS-designed self-help guides and explore some of the suggested websites and resources.

Spend 20 minutes completing one of our online workshops to learn how you can support yourself with low mood, exam anxiety, and sleeping troubles.

You could try listening to a podcast for your wellbeing or download an NHS app to help you learn some techniques to maintain your wellbeing.

Studying over Easter

Although Easter generally means that you don't have any lectures to attend, you'll likely have different assignments to complete or exams to revise for.

Remember to take a break every so often. If you struggle with time management or scheduling breaks for yourself, give the Pomodoro Technique a go. The Pomodoro Technique encourages you to set an alarm for 25 minutes and work without interruption until the timer goes off. At this point, you can take a break and do something fun or relaxing.

If you're not in Southampton but you'd like some advice about studying, try the range of online resources which are available through the Library's Academic Skills website. They've got a dissertation planner and an assignment planner to help you with each step from planning to submission.

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