5 ways to recharge your batteries at uni

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Spending time by yourself at uni may not be as daunting as you think. The jump to university can feel huge, and there’s often a weird mixture of days in our weeks which are incredibly sociable and busy, and others when you may hardly speak to or see another person during the day. So how do we get the balance right? Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, somewhere in between, or unsure of how you best recharge, here are some things I think we can all benefit from doing to recharge our batteries and take care of ourselves. Also, depending on how best you recharge, you can adapt these ideas to suit you.

  • Go for a walk: this is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do. If by some miracle it’s not raining outside, make the most of the sun and go for a wander. I think as we so often have to walk to get to uni and so on, it can feel slightly strange (but not unpleasant) to be walking without a purpose. Just enjoy the freedom and go where it takes you.
Endcliffe Park on a sunny day — photo credit: Hope Elliott
  • Work in a library/coffee shop: This is a good one because it gives you two for the price of one, time alone to recharge, as well as feeling super productive when you can tick things off your to do list! Western Bank library is a good place to check out if you’re wanting to experience this, as the views of Weston Park are bound to leave you feeling peaceful. Alternatively, you may prefer the background buzz of a coffee shop with music and people to get your head down.
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  • Try journalling, or some form of writing: Writing can be incredibly therapeutic yet for most of us we just don’t do it enough. Why not take 5-10 minutes out of your day to sit down and just write. If you’re struggling to get started, ask yourself the question: “How am I?” and go from there.
  • Treat yourself to lunch or cake out in one of Sheffield’s many great cafes: Sheffield has many great cafes to offer, and for a range of budgets too. Check out our post for some suggestions. Personally, I love spending time in cafes whether on my own or with a friend. It’s fun to treat yourself to some cake or a hot drink and just really enjoy it.
  • Day trips: if you have the time and money, why not just jump on a train and go explore a nearby city for the day? It’s fun to explore with friends but equally if you’re on your own you can completely please yourself, and do all the things you want to do. It can be lovely to get away from studying and enjoy doing something totally different for a day. Train journeys can be particularly relaxing and recharging – time alone to read, listen to music or just look out the window can sometimes be just what we need away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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Remember not to feel guilty for wanting some time alone, it is totally okay not to go to every social event under the sun and risk burning out. Moreover, if you take the time to look after yourself and recharge, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the next sociable event you go to. It’s a win-win!

Words by Hope Elliott

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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