Exam period – That time of year marked by unhealthy levels of caffeine, perpetual states of sleep deprivation, and the oh-so dreaded seven stages of revision (when you’re not too busy procrastinating that is!
During such a stressful yet crucial period of student life, a common mistake many make (often unconsciously) is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often substituted for normal meals to keep energy levels up. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance!
So it’s time to take matters in hand and get your snacking habits in order.
Take our short quiz to find a ‘smart snack’ which tickles your fancy. Click your answer for a link to the recipe or see them below.
So next time you’re in a time-crunch, don’t sacrifice your health for convenience. Remember, snack smart to study hard!
1. Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal
2. Roasted Fajita-Spiced Chickpeas
3. Baked Zucchini (Courgette) Chips
4. Toast with Cottage Cheese & Tomato
5. Apple and Peanut Butter
6. Hummus & Vegetables
7. No Bake Energy Bites
8. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
Words: Alison Zhou
With the winter season now upon us, King’s Wellbeing invites you to join us for Winter Wellbeing Week 2017, taking place from the 4th to the 8th of December. We’ll have a crafternoon to raise money for national mental health charity Mind, with craft activities, festive snacks, winter wellbeing tips and a workshop led by Knit’s College London. There will also be a ‘Reflect and Connect’ workshop, helping you to take stock of this past year and set goals for 2018 and a Student Minds Look After Your Mate workshop.
Times and Locations
Winter Wellbeing Crafternoon: Wednesday the 6th of December, 12.00-15.00, KCLSU Macadam Lobby, Temple Street entrance, Strand Campus
Reflect and Connect: Looking Back to Move Forwards: Thursday the 7th of December 16.00-17.30, Guy’s Hodgkin Building Classroom 12, Guy’s Campus
Look After Your Mate: Thursday the 7th of December – 11.00-14.00, Henriette Raphael House 3.18, Guy’s Campus
Workshops can be booked here
Keep warm and we hope to see you there!
King’s Wellbeing is launching Take Time Out next week to help you keep sane during the exam period. There are tonnes of fun stuff to keep your mind focused, such as free yoga, smoothies and chill out spaces!
Make sure you head to the Take Time Out web pages to find more information about how to keep on top of your wellbeing. Remember, if things are getting too much you can always contact your Welfare Team to talk things through.
Here are our tips from the team:
RA at Angle Lane
- Cooking new recipes with flatmates
- Singing out loud karaoke style with friends (preferably 90s pop or Disney)
- Mastering the art of British Tea making
- Impromptu Latin Dance party
- Express Spa: Nail painting session/ putting on a quick face mask
- On the go spring cleaning/room organising
- Mapping out concepts
- Find YouTube videos to help simplify concepts
- Use focus timer apps to ensure you’re spending time focusing on work but also have an embedded break (apps like Tide and Focus Keeper)
Marketing & Communications Manager
‘Running, making sure I still take the time to do my hobbies like music and netball and having someone I can just talk to to get the stress out in the open.’
Digital Engagement Officer
- Make sure my work area is clean and clutter free!
- Exercise, if I stop exercising I get more stressed
- Get outdoors, go for a hike or bike ride
- Get lots of sleep. I always find it’s tempting to stay up late, but it just means that I’m even less productive the next day
- Drink water and teas (chamomile or blackcurrant is my favourite)
- Change your workspace, work from a café with a giant mug of hot chocolate or coffee. Sometimes a change of scenery is beneficial.
RA at Angle Lane
‘When I’m inside writing all day and the weather is nice (the sun is out), I like to go outside into the fresh air for 5 minutes, take slow deep breaths and enjoy the moment.
If the weather is not so good, I try to take small breaks where I walk around my building; make a snack and take long deep breaths.
Other things I do when I’m super overwhelmed and at a breaking point to meet a deadline is, remove myself from my working station. Take some paper and markers and write positive affirmative statements “You got this boo!”, “You are intelligent”, “You are an overcomer”, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made”, “Masters of TESOL graduate” “ You are doing this!”, “You are strong”, “You’re an inspiration”.’
Receptionist Wolfson House
- Listen to worship music to keep me calm
- I would sometimes write down why I am stressed out, I believe it helps me let the stress out by writing them out.
- If I was really stressed out, I would sometimes train on my punching bag and let the frustration out.