Refuel, refresh and de-stress

Staying healthy and well at busy, stressful times is important. Your library is here to help you cope with final assignment and exam revision season.

Refuel and keep up your energy levels while studying. The Library Night Trolley provides free fruit and drinks to your desk. Catch the night trolley 9pm to late, Sundays to Thursday until late May.

The Library Café is open until 9pm and vending machines are available 24/7 with healthy options such as water, juice, cereal bars and nuts.

We are (of course!) aware of the power of a good book in aiding relaxation and reducing stress. Why not take a break and check out the leisure reading collection on the ground floor of the Kimberlin. The collection includes fiction titles across a mix of genres, classics, sci-fi, thrillers etc, with all books available for loan. Or, curl up on the comfy seating nearby with your chosen book.

De-stress with DSU. The library and your student union are offering a range of creative activities to help you unwind. Come along on Wednesdays 9th and 16th May between 5pm and 6pm. Second Floor of the Kimberlin Library, in room 2.04.

The DMU Chaplaincy has a “Breathing Space” open to students and staff of all religions and none where you can take a moment to pause and reflect in peace and quiet. The Breathing Space in Portland Building also hosts mindfulness sessions on Tuesdays at 11.30 for 40 minutes. Students can book via MyGateway.

Here are our top tips for looking after yourself
• Take regular short breaks from your studies and schedule in some downtime
• Eat well. Start your day with breakfast and avoid skipping meals.
• Don’t overdo the caffeine. Consider swapping sugary drinks for water or a diluted juice
• Make sure you get enough sleep and try to get some exercise and/or fresh air. Walk around the Campus or by the river. You never know what you might see: cormorants and otters are known to live by the River Soar!
• Avoid comparing with your mates. Everyone studies in different ways, so focus on what’s right for you. And steer clear of those exam ‘post-mortems’.
• Remember, you are not on your own. Ask for help and advice; talk to friends, family and DMU staff. The library staff are used to handling all types of query – no question is too trivial or “stupid”
• Stay calm and be positive – you can do it!