It’s important to remember that whilst the holidays can be exciting – with the gifts, delicious food and rushing around to see people – it can also be super stressful!
Also, not everyone celebrates in the same way and what you enjoy doing could be completely different to someone else.
So, as we wrap up this year’s festive campaign, we’re focusing on some things you can do to help manage your mental and physical wellbeing over the next few weeks. Later in the week, we will also share some posts from our Student Champions with some more helpful tips and advice.
Know where to go for help
There are lots of resources available to you if you need help over the holidays. Our Winter wellness page has lots of useful information or you can check out the support in the holidays page if you are looking for more advice and University opening times during the break.
Getting ready for January
If you want to get ahead on some studying whilst you have some free time, some library services are available over the break.
Thinking about what’s next?
The Bristol PLUS Award gives you a great structure to reflect on the new experiences you have alongside your studies.
‘The Bristol Plus Award has pushed me to engage in so many activities within the university and outside that I wouldn’t have even thought about’ – Kemi Talabi, Maths and Philosophy, 2020-21 PLUS Achiever.
‘When I look ten months back I see a lot of difference in myself as compared to then. I have learned so many new skills, gained knowledge and experience which will definitely help me in my career and life’ – Dr Maryam Sultana, Public Health, 2021-21 PLUS Achiever
Keeping Active with Sport, Exercise and Health
The opening hours for all University Sport facilities will change over the winter holiday. Details of opening hours for each of our facilities can be found on our website. They also have a winter offer running, the Winter Warmer sports pass will give you unlimited, anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and fitness classes. A two-week pass costs £20 and is available to purchase from 11 December.
They have also written a blog on 5 ways to stay motivated during the colder months.
And, for those so inclined, registration is now open for the University of Bristol Run Series 2022. Beat the crowds and sign up (for free) ahead of the new year so you can kick-start your training over the festive period with friends, family or flatmates.
Getting involved with activities outside of your course can be a great way to expand your networks, try something new, and boost your wellbeing. Check out myopportunities for loads of ideas of events you can get involved with.
The Students Union also has a list of some events going on in Bristol over the holidays.
And our friends the Global Louge have written a blog on some of the tastiest places to eat global in Bristol
Finally, a personal favourite of ours. Grab a book or podcast, find yourself a comfortable chair, (preferably away from the craziness) a glass of something nice and a mince pie or two (if you have room) and spend an hour by yourself, to chill out and recharge.
Dan, Olivia, Roz, Tye and Laura
Current Students Team