Many students at university enjoy a wonderful Christmas being spoilt by their family and friends, eating delicious homemade meals with their family and not surviving on takeaways and microwaves meals that they are used to at university. So when they are packing their bags to return to university in January they often can feel a sense of dread. These students are not alone; they are experiencing something called ‘the second term blues’, which is characterised as feeling lethargic and depressed for no particular reason.
Going home after the excitement of the first term can be difficult as they are leaving behind new friendships, you may be worried that when you return that those new friendships were just five minute wonders and they weren’t really for you. There are also many January deadlines awaiting you when you get back, whose idea was it to put deadlines in January anyway?
The weather is quite often awful, it’s dark, and you may be in debt or heading that way and all the fun of the first term has been replaced by the long lectures, seminars and coursework. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, here are a few tips to help you through your second term blues:
Remember all the stuff you’ve been through to get where you are already. Think about how proud your parents will be the day you wear your hat and gown and receive your degree. Tell yourself that you are going to ‘boss’ your exams and coursework. Don’t let the bad weather get on top of you. Don’t let little hurdles get in your way. You’ve fought to get this far in your academic journey so far, so keep going!
Speak often to friends and family at home
Whether it’s on the phone or taking the train home at weekends, speak to your family and friends. It’s worth going home to see your loved ones who will cheer you up when you are feeling down. Knowing that you’re not alone can be a big help. If you are an international student living in the likes of Urbanest student accommodation in London, it can be more difficult to go home, so to help you feel less lonely organise a skype call. You may also find that your flat mates are in the same situation so organise a night doing things to get to know each other better.
Go to a support group
If you are really feeling low, many universities offer free counselling which are worth looking too. You might think how you’re feeling isn’t serious enough for counselling, but these are the reasons why universities provides this service. Depression can affect all aspects of your life from your work to your friendships. University counsellors will have spoken to hundreds of students before you who felt and feel the same way you do, so they have the experience to understand how you’re feeling and advise you.
Join a club
A great way to keep busy and make some new friends is joining a club or society. Freshers week might have been a long time ago now but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. If you join a club or society it can add some excitement into your daily routine.