Wellbeing

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Wellbeing Blogs

We have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to health and wellbeing at university, have a look at the latest blog posts from our student bloggers. 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Support

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Support

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Support

Your health and wellbeing is our highest priority and we want to make you feel as supported as possible whilst living at Fusion.

We want you to be assured that we are doing everything possible to make your home a safe environment to live and study. This includes seeking support and advice from our panel of certified experts including a Doctor, Health and Safety advisor and Mental Health support specialist. 

We’ve put together a few house rules for everyone living in the building, to keep us all safe and happy.

To our residents

To help you through this time we are continuing our 24/7 support to all residents. A member of the team will be available at reception but please be mindful of social distancing when waiting in the area.

You can also contact each team using the usual email address:

Hatfield@fusionstudents.co.uk
Cardiff@fusionstudents.co.uk

If you would like to contact the central team privately by email, please use: residence@fusionstudents.co.uk

 

Our House Rules

1. Observe Social Distancing

2. Keep Left

3. Maintain good personal hygiene

4. Wear your face mask

5. Observe maximum capacities

 

A message from our Co-Founder, Nigel Henry

We’re Covid-19 flexible

Here at Fusion Students, we make the place you live more than somewhere you eat, study and sleep.  It’s a feeling; a reflection of the lifestyle you want to live and a feeling of home. We want you to feel excited to book your room but understand you may be hesitant during these uncertain times.

In order to give you complete comfort in making this decision, we are going above and beyond our usual cancellation policy to make sure you feel safe with your decision.

·         Not sure your course will start on time? We’ll delay your move in date

·         Not sure you will be allowed on campus in person? We’ll allow you to cancel your room

Our cancellation policy

What action is Fusion taking?

Whilst following all guidance updates on the COVID-19 situation, we are working really hard to ensure that you all remain comfortable in the safety of our lovely buildings.

We also have an important responsibility to ensure your social spaces are as safe as possible and to that end, we continue to monitor the health of everyone in the buildings and continue to provide the most robust cleaning regime possible.

We also have a responsibility to our Fusion team members working in the buildings. Therefore, we have put into place measures to support our team members should they need to self-isolate at home and have lessened their risk of exposure to infection while traveling to the buildings by reducing their working hours.

Please help us, help you, by washing your hands frequently.

As you, our resident, and our Fusion team are our absolute priority, we are implementing a strict visitor policy to reduce the size of social gatherings and keep you all safe. Please observe the House Rules for updates on this. 

Now more than ever, we are committed to delivering our aim of creating a home that you love to live in. We understand that you will be adjusting to daily life and that feeling comfortable and occupied will be a top priority. For this reason, we will be in touch more than normal to keep you feeling motivated, supported and connected to your Fusion Students’ community.

To help us do this, email your Residence Manager to be added to the new community WhatsApp group for updates on activities we continue to plan for you. Although we are reducing the level of contact and social mass gatherings, we are busy working hard on creating lots of fun and varied activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own apartments.

If you need anything outside of the amended working hours, we have teams available to respond to your needs. Please continue to email, text and phone via the below details and we will respond or redirect your query as appropriate as soon as we are able:

health@fusionstudents.co.uk

Your Health

If you are feeling unwell, have recently travelled to a high-risk area or are planning to travel abroad in the near future, or if you want to speak to someone in our team, please use the contact details below.

10 FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME

10 FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME

10 FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Adjusting to the current change in our daily routine can be tough, but by taking care of yourself mentally you will be better equipped to deal with it. Spending more time at home doesn’t have to be boring! In this post we’ve put together our top 10 list of fun and productive things to do at home.

 

1. Stay in touch digitally

Arrange video calls with people you’d normally see in person. Make a plan to watch a TV show or read a book so that you can discuss it on the call. There are plenty of free services you can use to do this, such as Zoom or Skype.

2. Take an online course

There are only so many series that you can binge on Netflix. Use the time as an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The internet holds a plethora of online courses, ranging from astronomy and horticulture to climate change solutions. Or maybe you fancy picking up a new language? Speed learning languages and Duolingo both offer easy and accessible online tutorials, that will have you fluent in a second language in no time.

3. Practice meditation 

The powers of meditation are boundless. It can help you to unwind and remove yourself from the fast paced and hectic world outside. When current daily routines are thrown off course, introducing some relaxation time into your day can help keep you from edging on the verge of insanity!

4. Stay positive

Staying in the same space for a long period of time can be damaging to our mental health. Writing down some positive things about ourselves can help boost motivation and offset any negative thoughts we may have.

5. Learn something new

Reading can be great way to relax and expand our knowledge. You never know, you might even pick up a new area of interest, even things you’d never have thought of before. Apps such as ‘curiosity’ are made to help us learn something new. Watching documentaries is also a great alternative too, it can be on anything you like and does not require much effort!

6. Start a new hobby

Why not spend your time on a new hobby or rekindling your love with one of your old ones? Whether that is dusting off your guitar and learning that song you’ve always wanted to, or finally learning how to cook, nothing is more fulfilling than personal achievements for no reason other than happiness.

7. Reorganise your room

As the saying goes, “tidy house, tidy mind”. Use the time at home wisely and declutter your room. If you can never find what you’re looking for, reorganise your things. You never know, you might even find a few things you’d forgotten about!

8. Get your work down

Just because the Semester is over early, does not mean you don’t have any work to complete (unless your extraordinarily ahead). Make sure that you are fitting your Uni work into your weekly schedule. Not only will it be a great distraction but having some extra time now means you can focus, without your social life getting in the way. Make sure that you are tuning into your online classes.

9. Do an online exercise workout

Try to stay active by completing an at home workout routine. There are plenty of free online workouts that can be accessed on the Internet. Maybe try something you haven’t done before, like practicing yoga?

10. Take part in a gaming tournament

All you gamers, have a look online for a new game to play and complete. You could invite all of your friends to join too. If you’ve got headphones you can stay connected to whilst playing.

By Charlie Sawyer, Kieran Singh and Chloe Williamson

3 SMOOTHIES TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

3 SMOOTHIES TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

3 SMOOTHIES TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

University life can come with its challenges. Students may feel stressed trying to juggle impending deadlines, part-time work and a social life. At times of stress it can feel tempting to reach for last night’s pizza, but maintaining a healthy diet is vital and has been linked to better memory and alertness. Read below for three of my easy to make smoothie recommendations, which will give you that extra energy boost to start the day well.

 

Peanut butter and banana 

This smoothie provides healthy fats and proteins, giving you the perfect morning boost. We’ve suggested adding protein powder to improve strength and performance for those working out or doing sports. Flax seeds are an antioxidant said to be great at preventing constipation, high cholesterol and heart disease. Agave nectar contains less sugar than honey, making it great for weight loss.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 1-2 overripe bananas
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
  • Half a pint of semi skimmed milk or milk alternative
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 tbsp of oats (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar 
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds

Method:

  • Add banana, peanut butter, milk, protein powder, oats, agave nectar and flax seeds into a blender

  • Blend until smooth and serve

Super Berry Mix

This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and is high in fibre. Berries are also one of the best fruits to use if you’re looking to lose weight, as they tend to be the lowest in sugar.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 6 strawberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 6 blueberries
  • 250 ml of yoghurt or dairy free alternative
  • Half a pint of semi-skimmed milk or alternative
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Ice cubes

Method:

  • Add strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, yoghurt, milk, chia seeds and finally some ice into a blender
  • Blend until smooth and serve

Green Routine

The fruits and vegetables used in this smoothie are all great sources of carbohydrate, which help to provide your body with energy. Kefir, a fermented drink, is rich in probiotic bacteria and promotes a healthy gut.

Ingredients for 1 serving: 

  • 2 apples sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 200g of spinach
  • 100g of kale
  • 6 raspberries
  • 100 ml of kefir

Method:

  • Add apples, avocado, spinach, kale, raspberries and kefir into a blender
  • Blend until smooth and serve

By Kieran Singh

THE FITNESS INFLUENCERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

THE FITNESS INFLUENCERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

THE FITNESS INFLUENCERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

Staying fit whilst keeping on top of Uni assignments can feel like a chore. However, with exam season looming it is more important than ever to stay active and healthy.

Not only is exercise good for your muscles and bones, it can also help to improve your cognitive health. When you exercise your brain produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers, helping improve your sleep and reduce stress levels. Creating an at home exercise plan that works for you can be a really good way to stay fit, as well as keep up with your studies. That’s why I have chosen two of my favourite female fitness influencers to give you the best advice on at home workouts.

Krissy Cela

This 25-year-old personal trainer/model posts regular at-home workouts through her Instagram page, as well as offering advice on food and meal plans through IGTV videos. If you are interested in healthy eating, as well as hitting the gym, her account is definitely a visit.As well as posting on her Instagram account, she also offers lengthier versions of workouts under herself named YouTube Channel, so make sure to check that out too! In addition to this she also has a free to download (pay for subscription) app called Tone and Sculpt, which allows its users to track their progress. The app offers a personalised service, providing a workout guide catered to the persons own specific needs and goals. 

Instagram handle: @krissycela

Instagram followers: 1.8m

YouTube account: Krissy Cela

App: Tone & Sculpt

Megan Grubb

First gaining recognition for documenting her fitness, dieting and healthy lifestyle in 2016, the 23-year-old has gained over 1.2 million followers. Offering her expertise on all things fitness and healthy living, Megan also includes snaps from her private life as well as offering fashion and styling tutorials. In addition to her Instagram account she also runs a successful YouTube channel, with a playlist focused on workouts that you can try out at home or at the gym.

Instagram handle: @meggangrubb

Instagram followers: 1.2m

YouTube: Meggan Grubb

Make sure to follow these two amazing fitness accounts, as well as subscribing to both of their YouTube channels, for everything you need to keep you motivated and healthy whilst at home! As well as checking out these two great fitness accounts, you can download apps such as BetterMe and 30-Day Fitness for all the at home workouts that you could possibly want, catered to you, all on your phone.

By Chlóe Williamson

STUDENTS REPORT BETTER WELLBEING IN PBSAs

STUDENTS REPORT BETTER WELLBEING IN PBSAs

STUDENTS REPORT BETTER WELLBEING IN PBSAs

Gone are the days of just thinking only about the distance between your accommodation and your lectures. While many people continue to opt for University halls, the last few years have seen an increased demand for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Life as a student is full of options, opportunities and choices. While some decisions are simple, others can have big impacts on our health and wellbeing without us even realising. One of the first decisions you are faced with as a student is where you should live. Research has shown that “those living in PBSA in their first year are almost twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with their physical health (60%) than those living in halls (32%). In addition, they are 26% more likely to achieve top grades than those living in halls of residence, and 15% more likely than those living at home.”, (Michael Lloyd, Mortgage Introducer). With this in mind PBSAs seem to be the way forward. University halls will always provide the basics, but do students need more than a bed and an age-old shower to succeed?

When picking accommodation, whether this is University halls or a PBSA, you need to consider what makes you happy. Are you able to focus with slow internet? Do you like having a gym nearby? Do you need assigned working spaces? How much do you like organised events? There is so much more to think about than whether the room has a double bed or an ensuite bathroom. Living in student accommodation is like no other experience. It is messy, loud and eventful, making it important to consider what living situation would best suit you and help you to combat the stresses of exam week.

Having not had the greatest experience in University halls myself, looking at every inch of your life and how it will fit into your accommodation will save you a lot of heartache longterm This might seem like an overkill now, but your accommodation will become much more than where you store your food and sleep at night. It will be the place you study, socialise and destress after a bad day. I’m confident that by finding the most suitable setting for you during times of stress, you will also find the best setting for you during times of enjoyment.

By Rebecca Hodson

13 STEPS TO SUCCEED IN UNIVERSITY AND GET A FIRST-CLASS DEGREE

13 STEPS TO SUCCEED IN UNIVERSITY AND GET A FIRST-CLASS DEGREE

13 STEPS TO SUCCEED IN UNIVERSITY AND GET A FIRST-CLASS DEGREE

You’ll probably have two main aims at university: to enjoy yourself, and to do well in your degree.

Enjoying yourself is usually the easy bit – you’ll have new friends, more freedom than you’re used to, and a subject that you (hopefully) love. “Doing well” can be a bit trickier, because it’s all about balance. But don’t worry…

 

Here are 14 things that will help you prepare for uni success:

1. Be dedicated

University doesn’t come cheap, so work hard. Commit to your degree. You’ve most likely had to work hard to get here, so make it worthwhile. There’s plenty of fun to be had at university, and denying yourself a good time isn’t the answer, but you need to commit yourself to your degree.

Treat it like a relationship – there’ll be times when you and studying just don’t get along, but persevere and remember why you’re here. Which brings us onto our next point…

 

2. Know where you’re going

Don’t worry if you don’t have an exact career plan, but try to visualise where you want your degree to take you. Start thinking about industries that interest you, and consider how your degree can work with your passions. If you have a dream job, put it to the front of your mind whenever you’re lacking motivation.

This may take some practice, but having an end goal can keep you on track when your mind is wandering and your urge to procrastinate seems overpowering.

 

3. Show up to classes

Lectures, seminars, and office hours with tutors are all in place to help you get to your final goal. Courses are meticulously designed, and each discussion, presentation, and assignment is a building block to take you from undergrad to graduate.

Some modules might not excite you, but they’ll contain valuable information. If you’re struggling to make it to scheduled classes, look at how much you’re spending on an hour’s worth of education with this tool from Save the Student.

You’ll be far less likely to skip out on a day’s worth of classes if you know the financial equivalent – it probably averages around £60 a day!

 

4. Get to know the library

Academic libraries are treasure troves of information. Not only is the library a great place to study if you like to immerse yourself in your work, but you’ll usually be able to find all your coursebooks (though there might be a waiting list for books on popular courses), and there’ll be a mountain of further reading.

When you’re presented with your reading list, the thought of further reading might feel intimidating, but reading a wider range of materials than just what’s required will give you an edge above other students. Your work will be more thorough and informed, and you’ll stand out to your tutors as a committed and passionate student.

 

5. Revise what you learn

The leap from sixth-form or college to university can feel like a big one, and you’ll be expected to study and retain a lot more information, and with less guidance than you’re used to.

Revision isn’t the most glamorous part of studying, but reviewing the notes you take in lectures, and re-reading sets texts will help you hold onto more of what you’ve learned. If you’re starting to feel a bit hazy on something you studied last term, try to read up on it, so that you’ve not forgotten it by the time your exams come around.

 

6. Study with your friends

It’s recommended that you study for around 20 hours in addition to your contact time – that’s time with lecturers and tutors. This might vary depending on your degree, but you should think about university like a full-time job if you want to get the most out of it.

That being said, putting in those hours of independent study can get pretty lonely. Try to make friends with coursemates and join study groups, and, if you’re a Fusion student, you should definitely make use of the beautiful study space we have to study socially rather than holing up in your room for hours on end – and then…

 

7. Spend down time with your friends

University life is all about balance, and it’s essential to make time to relax. Hard work with no relief can damage your mental health, and result in reduced productivity. Try to get away from your desk on day trips, nights out, and nights in, to give your brain some well-earned down time. Regular breaks and activities you enjoy will refresh your mind – much as having rest days from the gym refreshes your body.

 

8. Get plenty of sleep

Just like those gym rest days, mental rest is absolutely essential if you want to maintain a positive outlook and a healthy mind. You’ll find that sleep deprivation affects your ability to concentrate and retain information, so even when you’ve got a looming deadline or an exam to study for, make sure you’re getting plenty of shut-eye.

You may feel like you don’t have time to get a full 7-8 hours (that’s the recommended amount), but you’ll be grateful when you wake up fresh and with a clear head.

 

9. Praise yourself

A lot is expected of you at uni. Pressure from parents, tutors, your friends, and yourself can help to motivate you, but can also get your stress levels up.

Take pride in good grades, in finishing work on time, and in putting in a couple of hours in the library. Reward yourself when you’ve worked hard – this might be with a night out, with an ASOS order, or even with a Netflix binge, but praising yourself when you work hard can be really effective at keeping your motivation up when your energy levels are down.

 

10. Switch off when you’re studying

Social media is brilliant for keeping in touch with friends and family, for getting inspired, for getting the latest news… But it can also be detrimental to your mental health and concentration.

If you find you’re opening Snapchat every time you look away from your screen, or are checking WhatsApp to keep up with the group chat, turn off your phone until you’ve finished the chapter you’re reading or the section you’re writing.

 

11. #LoveYourself

Be careful of binging on social media in your downtime too – we’re all too familiar with #goals, and while inspiration is a good thing, it’s important to separate the perfection you see online from reality. Remember that what most people share on social media is the polished, edited, curated version of their life, so don’t let it get you down.

Instagram will show the people you follow living their best lives in their best clothes, with their best friends, in the slickest gyms, or the swankiest bars, but that’s probably not their entire reality. Be grateful for what you have, and take time to check in with the people and activities that make you happy.

 

12. Prioritise your mental health

There are all kinds of pressures at university. Family expectations, course requirements, peer pressure – and they’re all (mostly) well intentioned. However, take stock of how you feel each day. Need an evening to yourself? Want to cut out drink or junk food for a few days? Feeling like you could do with getting outside? Listen to your mind and your body; Take a look at our tips for mindfulness and self-care.

 

 

13. Find space that makes you happy

Your surroundings have a huge impact on your wellbeing and ability to study. Find a place to study and to relax that keeps you feeling calm and happy. Hopefully, that’s your student room, but common areas and outside spaces can also give you breathing (and thinking!) room.

(View our rooms in Hatfield and Cardiff to find a space that’s designed to be the perfect combination of relaxing and productive.)

 

Whether you’re a fresher or a seasoned third-year…

Following these tips and work to the best of your ability. Getting a first-class degree is no mean feat, but self-belief and balance will help you get there. For more study tips, city guides, and general student life advice, check out our blog.

As the saying goes: healthy body, healthy mind. While you’re staying at Fusion, you’ll have access to a wide selection of exercise facilities and fitness classes to suit every workout preference. Open 24 hours a day, our gyms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and our personal trainers are on hand to help you achieve your fitness goals. The range of classes includes yoga, Pilates and aerobics, bringing people together for weekly workout sessions.