Are you just hanging around? Feeling a little sleepy?

As cute and cuddly as sloths are, feeling tired and not doing much doesn’t do you any good. Here are a few ways to boost your energy and feel more productive…

There are the essentials – eating and sleeping well. It is a well-known fact that your happiness, mood and productivity largely correlates to the amount of sleep you have and if you’re eating nutritious meals. Whether you are studying, socialising, exercising or taking part in a society, you need to be on top form, so give your body a chance and treat it well – try something new at the food market, go the extra mile and cook a meal from scratch and finally, get at least 7 hours of rest a night. It’s also a good idea to avoid charging electrical devices overnight, as unnecessary lighting can affect the amount of sleep you have!

Next, there is exercise. It can seem difficult to find the time to get out and do some exercise, however the benefits are really worthwhile. It’s important to relax, but getting out and letting off some steam can really boost your mood as well as provide the health benefits, so take a look at the wellbeing blog for some ideas. Exercise is also great for clearing your mind from a tough essay and giving your eyes a rest from staring at a screen from too many assignments (…and too much Netflix). So put on those trainers, plug into a great workout playlist and ask a friend to go with you, it’s really not as bad as you might think!

Now here is the tricky part – planning ahead. Whether you have too much or too little planned, it’s amazing what a bit of variety in your schedule can do for you. Obviously, you need to make sure you have enough time to complete assignments, but social planning also needs some consideration. Make sure that you are not attending too many as this can affect your enjoyment of them; pick carefully the ones that really interest you.

Finally, being a student is not just about working hard and playing hard, it’s also about setting yourself up for the future (sometimes a daunting but definitely an exciting process!) Make sure you attend Careers events, such as the Careers Fair, go along to a topical lecture hosted by your academic department or even try some volunteering. For improving your personal development, take a look at the Reading Essentials page or attend a Life Tools talk. All of these will help you get set up for life after university and will automatically make you feel ahead of the game.

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