News and tips
Posted on Wednesday, 14th November 2018
It’s that time of year where the clocks have gone back and suddenly the weather gets much colder in Sheffield! For some people, this means excitement for the build-up to Christmas but for others the short days, cold weather University assignment submission make them feel slightly gloomy and tough.
Even the lack of sunlight is an issue – did you know the NHS recommends everyone in the UK takes a 10mcg vitamin D supplement daily as the sun isn’t strong enough for our daily needs? The extreme of this gloomy feeling with a change in seasons is now diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder with symptoms such as feeling tired all the time, finding it harder to get up out of bed in the morning and the classic winter scenario of craving carbs!
Also, taking care of your body will really help to improve your mood. Make sure you are getting plenty of fruit and vegetables to avoid getting ill and take advantage of seasonal offerings such as Pumpkins, Parsnips and Brussel sprouts! Although those pot noodles are quick and convenient, they aren’t going to keep those colds away! An additional easy and cheap trick is to prep your healthy snack at home for the day. For example, chopped up fruit for those long days at Uni or in the University library.
So what can you do about it? Well for any dip in mood making sure to do activities you enjoy is really important. Sheffield has loads of fun and quirky activities to keep you out and about. Why not go to Fired Arts Cafe on Ecclesall Road with a friend to do some painting of pottery to relax you but keep you warm at the same time! Or how about a trip up to Mayfield Alpaca farm to get outside and feel like you are getting out of the city.
Making sure to spend time with loved ones is also essential so whether it's phoning your parents or taking advantage of one of Sheffield’s many coffee shops make sure that you take time for the people you care about! Check our previous article on recommended coffee shops to visit.
Another little tip is to make the most of daylight hours which can sometimes be tough if you have a long day inside at uni or work – especially with January exams looming! How about getting out the flat and instead of getting the bus walk from your home to Uni or taking a walk in between lectures or over your lunch break, it's an excellent way to get some headspace or listen to an audiobook or podcast. Alternatively, a simple walk in the Peak District over the weekend.
And finally, doing some exercise can help to keep you moving and get you feeling great before the Christmas party season begins. S10 Uni gym and SHU Sport can be incredibly busy but there are lots of other gyms around the city or why not try the Park Run at Encliffe Park on a Saturday morning for some extra motivation! Or following a YouTube Video. For extra fitness tips check to keep fit for free article.
Also, if your bills aren’t included in your student house, make sure you aren’t punishing yourself with a freezing room. Yes, it is good to save money here and there but having to put on 3 jumpers and a dressing gown won’t put you in a good mood either, so prioritise yourself over this cold period and self-care!
Article written by Eleanor Devlin, Dentistry student, University of Sheffield.