Exam wellbeing tips from the SWAT team

Exam wellbeing tips from the SWAT team

The exam period can put a strain on our wellbeing as we strive to turn our hard work into great results. This blog from Student Wellbeing Awareness Team (SWAT) leadership member Nia Gendall offers some advice on how to look after our wellbeing as exam time continues.

Nia Gendall with SWAT leadership team members Alex and Jordan

It’s that time again!

If you’re anything like me, the exam period has popped up out of nowhere and just like that the trimester is almost over. We’re all hard at work studying and writing our last assignments. We are all in the same boat. Our stress levels increase around this time, so it’s essential to look after our health and wellbeing. 

As you may or may not know, at Victoria University of Wellington we have some awesome free health and wellbeing services available. In the student union building you can find Mauri Ora (student health and counselling services) and the Bubble. The Bubble is located on level 2 of the Student Union Building and provides a safe space to relax, study or take a break. There is free tea, coffee, fresh fruit as well as an amazing team of peer support leaders who are always up for a chat.

You may have also seen the Student Wellbeing Awareness Team (SWAT) around the hub. SWAT is a student lead team that aims to provide students with; health and wellbeing resources, links with student services, and a safe space to talk about physical and mental health. Keep an eye out for the team on campus and don’t be scared to come and say hi!

If you are really struggling, don’t hesitate to contact Mauri Ora, Student Learning, Disability Services, Student Finance or any of the University’s free services. It can be a bit daunting making the initial connection, but these services are incredibly helpful and approachable.

As well as student services, don’t forget the various other free resources that are out there if you’re struggling such as websites the lowdown and depression.org. There is also the free text or call service on 1737 ̶  a 24/7 helpline that will connect you with trained counsellors if you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or just need someone to talk to.

Maintaining our health and wellbeing is essential every day and can get difficult when we’re under pressure. As well as utilising free services that I’ve mentioned above, there are lots of ways to look after yourself today and every day. I’m sure you’ll have heard many of these things already, but here are some helpful tips:

  • Mark out a study timetable with what subjects to study and when
  • Set small, achievable goals
  • Break study down into sections so it isn’t as overwhelming
  • Don’t over-commit yourself 
  • Take regular breaks (don’t feel guilty for taking a break – it’s important to have a reset!)
  • Make sure you eat well and drink plenty of water
  • Make time to have a coffee or catch up with friends
  • Exercise! Go outside, catch some sun, fresh air, and get those endorphins flowing!

And most of all…

Be kind to yourself! University and exams can be a big cause of stress in our lives. It is okay to feel overwhelmed and stressed, you just have to find a way to get through it that works for you, so try your best and don’t be too harsh on yourself.

Good luck over the coming weeks and be sure to enjoy the summer ahead!

Nia Gendall is studying towards a Bachelor of Health majoring in Health promotion, and is a leadership Member of the Student Wellbeing Awareness Team (SWAT).

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