Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Still on campus over Christmas? We are always here to help.

For most, the Christmas period is a time to celebrate. However, for many students who are not able to go home or who do not celebrate Christmas, the festive season can be a very quiet and often lonely period.  

For those who are going home this Christmas, be mindful of students who are not, and try to keep in contact with those still on campus.  

If you are going to be staying on campus throughout the Christmas period, here are a few tips to make the holiday period that little bit easier.


Try not to isolate yourself 


Keep in touch 

Keep in regular contact with friends and fellow students during the holidays. This will help you to feel less isolated and to feel more at ease about upcoming deadlines. Just because your friends have gone home doesn’t mean they aren’t worried about those looming deadlines too!  

Remember, friends and family are just a phone call away.  

Others on Campus 

As well as keeping in contact with those who have gone home, it is a good idea to find out who else will be staying on campus during this time. You could arrange some activities for those who will still be nearby, for example you could organise some study groups with other students from your course who will still be on campus!  


Get some fresh air 

Make sure you leave your room! Revision and coursework can be stressful, but it is important that you don’t spend the whole time doing work in your bedroom. If you want to be productive, going to the library is another good way of getting out of the house but also making sure you get your work done. You might even meet some other students feeling just as stressed as you are! 


Take regular breaks  

It is easier said than done but make sure you are taking regular breaks from your work. It has been proven that regular breaks will actually improve your health, work performance and boost your energy. It is also important to reward yourself for all the hard-work you have been doing!  There are many ways you can spend your time while you are having a break from your work. 


Volunteering 

Volunteering is one activity you can take part in, in your spare time. Not only will this allow you a break from your studies, but it will also keep you busy over the holidays and you might even make some new friends! Not only can you help yourself through volunteering, but you can also make a difference to someone else’s life! 

Here at Herts we have many opportunities for you to volunteer and you can decide the number of hours you do which means it’s perfect to do alongside your studies at Christmas! 

To find out more about the opportunities available visit the Hertfordshire SU website or email contact@hertfordshire.su. 


Student Jobs  

Another way to keep busy in a productive way is to get a part time job. This will help you to have regular breaks, while also earning some all-important cash. Having a part-time job is also a good way to help with money troubles during the Christmas period.  

The Hertfordshire SU website also lists all jobs around the local area to make it even easier for you!  

Things to do on and off campus  

There are still lots of things happening on campus over the Christmas period. From Christmas markets to a Christmas lunch, Herts has got you covered. If you’re going to be staying with us and you’re looking for something to do, check out our article ‘what’s happening on campus’!   

If you want to get off campus for a bit Hatfield town centre is just a 10-minute bike ride away.  

The Herts Mobile App (which you can download here) contains loads of useful information, including local bus stops and upcoming departures which might be useful over the Christmas period, if you want to get out and about.   

Student wellbeing 

Take some time to ask yourself ‘How are you?’  

If you are worried about anything at all there is always support nearby. Just remember, you are not alone.  



Residential Assistants (RA’s) 

If you are living on campus, our Residential Assistants (RA) are available 365 days a year. These people live on campus and are always available to support you or to give you advice. If there is an emergency, something needs to be repaired or if you are just feeling down please contact your RA.  

Contact number: Call security on 01707 281010 and ask to speak to an RA.  

Charities 

You can also contact charities such as the Samaritans and Minds if you feel that you need to talk to someone. 

The Samaritans 

If something's troubling you, then get in touch. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can talk to The Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. Just having someone to talk to that isn't family or friends can be a tremendous help. You don't have to be suicidal or in crisis to get in touch. 

Mind 

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 

Students Against Depression 

One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem in our lifetime. One in 10 will experience depression or anxiety with depression in any one year. This statistic holds true for students and young people. Depression is one of the biggest dangers facing young people today – suicide is the biggest killer of young men under 35 in the UK. 

Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who are better placed to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome. 

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