Try It … 5 Ways To Get A Better Sleep

 

Stick To a Schedule

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

Pay Attention to What & When You Eat & Drink 

Eating heavy food close to bedtime can be disruptive to your sleep.

The stimulating effects of caffeinated drinks or foods high in sugar can also keep you up at night time.

Include Physical Activity In Your daily routine

Regular physical activity can promote better sleep.  Exercise burns energy, it increases blood flow in your arteries and raises your body temperature. Avoid being active too close to bedtime, however. About two hours before you sleep should be enough of a gap.

Spending time outside every day might be helpful, too.

Limit Your Phone Activity 

The sleep hormone melatonin gets released when it is dark. The bright light on phones and devices can stop this from happening.

Also watching or reading content that will get you stressed or alert can be counterproductive

Get Out Of Bed When If You Can’t Fall Asleep

Contrary to the old wives tale, counting sheep may not actually help you fall asleep.

If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired. Repeat as needed.

 

Let us know if you have any special routines before bed to help you get a quality nights sleep.

*This is not professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you often have trouble sleeping.

We’re Listening To… Shai Marcu – The Benefits of A Good Nights Sleep

 

Many students battle with finding time to fit all the things they need to do in one day. You may have the perfect food prep and exercise routine all figured out in preparation for that summer body or more importantly for a healthy balanced life but what is your sleep pattern like?

We often sacrifice sleep in order to fit in studying, working, socialising and everything in between.  Sleeping may seem like a waste of valuable time, especially in the run-up to exam period but you could actually be developing revision skills whilst sleeping.

According to Inner Drivesleep enhances the very skills you need when studying. Some of the benefits include :

Better Concentration

Better Memory Recall

Aids Creativity

Helps You Make Better Decisions

Reduced Focus on Negative Things

Stronger Immune System

 

We found this talk by educator Shai Marcu really informative in expanding on the benefits of sleep.

 

 

 

 

Do you notice a difference in your productivity depending on the amount of sleep you have had?

Share with us in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Try It … Internation Women’s Day Events

WOW- Women of the World

The Southbank Centre often has some really great events throughout the year so their website is a good place to start when looking for ideas of how to spend your free time. For their International women’s day celebrations they have a range of events happening including talks with Angela Davis and Naomi Klein. Some of the pre-book events may be sold out but they have some free walk-in events also.

International Women’s Day: Education Empowers Women

Head down to this student-led talk at Bush house on how education empowers women. With a diverse panel of women who are leading in their fields, it is bound to be an inspiring and informative event.

Gal-Dem’s International Women’s Weekender

Gal-Dem is a magazine written and run by women and non-binary people of colour are putting on a jam-packed weekender to celebrate International Women’s Day. The weekend will be full of storytelling, Music and a range of really interesting talks brought to you by some spectacular women.

We are also hearing talk that our favourite princess the Duchess of Sussex is taking part in a panel discussion on female empowerment right here at Kings College with singer Annie Lennox, founder of Gurls Talk Adwoa Aboah, and former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard. If you have any details about this event please let us know !

We’re Listening to … Serena Williams- Dream Crazier

On Friday 8 March, women and men around the world will come together to celebrate International Women’s Day – a day dedicated to championing women’s achievements and challenging gender bias.

This year, the day’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter which is a call-to-action for driving gender balance around the world.

We found this video by Nike to be inspiring and great encouragement to women to keep pushing boundaries and dream crazy!!!

Words By Keira Allen-Anderson

University Mental Health Day!

For University Mental Health Day 2019, KCLSU will be hosting the first ever Rise Festival for student mental health and wellbeing.

Join the conversation with pop-up stalls across Guy’s, Waterloo and Strand  to chat with fellow King’s students about what mental health means to you and where you can find out more about the support services available. At Strand and Guy’s, you’ll also have the chance to de-stress with table tennis and a creativity corner –complete with a journaling workshop! Finally, in the spirit of ‘using your voice,’ we’ll be hosting talks at Guy’s and Strand to share student mental health stories in a safe space with a focus on international students, becoming a mental health advocate, experiencing psychosis and mature students.

This event coincides with the launch of KCL’s ‘Student Mental Health and Wellbeing: Report and Strategic Plan’ in the evening.


University Mental Health Day is for everyone at King’s because we all have mental health and are part of this University community where we talk about it. This event is student-led by the following groups: Think MentalMy Mind Matters TooOur Shared HealthKCLSU Positive Peers and KCL Peer Supporters with support from KCLSU Bush House Sessions and  KCLSU Wellbeing.

Try It … Cleaning Hacks

One of the main points of contention between students living in residences is cleaning. We all have different expectations when it comes to hygiene and it can be frustrating sharing personal spaces like kitchens and bathrooms with people who don’t quite meet your standards.

If you’re being honest with yourself there will be a few of you reading this knowing that there have probably been more times your flatmate has had to clean up after you rather than the other way around. Maybe your flat has not been so lucky with your kitchen inspections.

We understand, there are so many other things you could be filling your time with than cleaning the floor that someone is going to walk over with their dirty shoes in the next second. Then there are the times that you have actually bothered to cook a meal rather than oven food but you didn’t anticipate all the cleaning up that comes with it. You have every intention of coming back to it after you have finished your meal but then it doesn’t end up that way.

Whatever category you find yourself in, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep your living spaces clean. To avoid potential warnings or even a fine we have found some cleaning hacks that can make these essential jobs easier.

 Keep Your Fridge fresh

Check your fridge regularly and throw away any out of date food to prevent bad odours and mess being made. Line the fridge shelves with cling film so when any spillages occur, all you have to do is peel off the film, discard of it and re-line the shelf.

No More Pasta Explosion

Put a wooden spoon across a boiling pot of water to stop it overflowing.

Vinegar Microwave Deodoriser

Put a small bowl of vinegar into your microwave and let it run for about a minute. When it stops you should be able to wipe the walls clean in a single swipe.

Lemon Surface Scrub

Half a lemon or grapefruit will freshen up kitchen surfaces and remove grease scum. Sprinkle the cut side with coarse salt; rub over grimy areas and rinse.

Deep Clean Your Oven

Mix half a cup of baking soda/bicarbonate soda and half a cup of vinegar into a paste. Apply to burnt on scum in your oven and on the trays. Leave for an hour (leave a note for the rest of your flatmates) then wipe away with a cloth and warm water.

To avoid that mad rush before the next kitchen inspections we would suggest making a rota with your flatmates (if you have not already) to make sure you are keeping on top of all of the jobs. Consistent cleaning routines keep everyone happy and keep the pests away.

Let us know if you try any of the hacks.

Try It … G£t Smart! Scams and Money Safety

𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲, 𝗶𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗯𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘀!

Join 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀* to explore different types of fraud and scams you might encounter or maybe already have!

Learn how to avoid them and gain tips on what to do if you come across them. “Take a Stand Against Scams” by being able to identify what a scam is and how you can safeguard yourself and others from the criminals behind them.

This workshop will provide you with information about scams and those who fall victim to them. You’ll learn to understand the difference between fraud and scams, talk about scams and get smart about scams prevention, protection and where help and advice can be gained. Take this knowledge, turn it into action and empower yourself against scams! Make a difference in your own way!

Open to students at King’s College London – Please bring your ID card and sign in at the reception. Sign up via the link below:

G£T SMART

Any queries please email resilifeskills@kcl.ac.uk

*𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀* are current King’s students who have demonstrated financial resilience and are trained to provide peer support, information and guidance to current and prospective King’s students. They are supervised by the Money & Housing Advice Team in King’s Student Support & Wellbeing Services.

We’re Listening To … The Perfect Study Playlist

Everyone’s optimal study environment differs.  

Some people thrive in complete silence without sounds or movement to distract them from the task at hand. Others are inspired by a view and the hum of chatter in the background.

Music can be a vital part of many peoples study environment. Making that special playlist depending on what you’re studying or what mood you’re in can help keep your mind on track.

Classical

Traditionally classical music has been associated with improving concentration (although this has not been scientifically proven). The sounds of Mozart or Beethoven can be calming and therefore reduce anxiety that can come with studying.

Instrumentals

Listening to instrumentals is quite a popular choice as people are less likely to get distracted by the lyrics of the songs.  Jazz, Ambient House or the soundtrack to your favourite movie could be a good start.

Timeless Melodies

Some times an up-tempo rhythm can be useful, for those moments when you are not feeling very motivated to study.  A bit of pop or any uplifting music just to get you in the mood.

Nature

The varied sounds of nature can be great background noise for really zoning out and getting some quality work done.

Whatever your chosen style or genre it’s best to have some ready-made playlists that you can alternate between. While choosing the best music to listen to while studying is important, you should avoid spending hours selecting the songs. At the end of the day,what matters is not choosing the best music in the world but that your study is productive.

We’re Listening to… Lauren Singer : Why I Live a Zero Waste Life

This week we’ve been trying to #MakeADifference for Sustainability Week 2019 by making small changes that will make a big difference and Lauren’s talk highlights the changes she made towards living a zero waste lifestyle.

We might not be where she is right now but we’re taking inspiration from the ideas she’s suggesting and making a start!

If you like the idea of making your own beauty products, why not come down to GDSA for a Zero-Waste beauty workshop and have a go! 

Wednesday 13th February, 6pm

Sustainability Week 2019 – #MakeADifference

This week is Sustainability Week 2019 and this year’s theme #MakeADifference is empowering you to make small changes with a big impact to try and make the world a better place.

Sustainability Week 2019 takes place from the 11th – 15th February, with loads of activities happening across campus and in residences including clothing and book swaps, zero-waste beauty workshops, wellbeing sessions, biodiversity walks and film screenings.

Check out the timetable here and look out for posters and info on our socials for activities hosted by your Community Facilitators (CF) and Residence Assistants (RA).

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