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October's Wellbeing Spotlight

October's wellbeing spotlight is on challenging unhealthy habits and making time to form healthier habits.

Now that you have started to settle into University life, it's the perfect time to take stock of your habits.  Habits form through repetition and through triggering ‘reward’ centers in the brain. They can take about 6 weeks to establish.

When we talk about habits, these could be eating and sleeping habits, how often you exercise, how you socialise and how much time you spend on social media, how you study, if you smoke or take drugs or alcohol. Are there any habits which you could work to improve?

You might not know where to start, so we would suggest thinking about 3 habits in your life that you would like to improve or make a change in, prioritise them, and start at the top of the list. Don’t be discouraged if you are finding it difficult to make or break a habit. Try and start small and break the habit down into tangible goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timetable (SMART).

The more often you practice your habit, the faster it will form, so stick with it. Find more tips on UniHub about how to improve your sleep, eat well, and how to make a habit of exercise.

Don’t forget that this month, Fika’s focus is still on making connections and developing your confidence. Doing a 5 minute Fika activity every day is a great habit to get into that will make a real difference to your wellbeing. , and you can access the Student Health Guide for simple and accessible articles on developing healthy habits

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