Student life: Tips for the new year ahead

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Written by Catalina Constantin (2022 DMU Alumni)

The recent cold weather has taken on a new meaning this year, as many of us are dealing with more stress and uncertainty as a result of the cost living crisis which we are all having to face.

Why not learn how to deal with these challenges instead of giving in to gloomy mornings and (perhaps) abandoning our New Year’s resolutions? It’s a wonderful idea to make promises to improve yourself, but make sure they are things you can stick to.

Here are more suggestions for enhancing the beginning of 2023.

I shared my thoughts on how to cope with stress and organise yourself in your student accommodation. By this point, you’ve probably settled in and adjusted to your new schedule for this term. Make sure you don’t miss anything by taking a peek at these posts.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to take care of yourself, your sleeping schedule, food, water, and vitamin intake. This really makes a difference. Especially during the cold season when we are not getting enough sunlight and Vitamin D.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can cause severe depressive episodes during the darker months, is at its peak at this time. Check out how I typically look after my mental health as well as other suggestions that could be useful.

Let’s explore how a healthy and balanced selection of food could improve your mood and offer you more energy.

Does the idea of cooking stress you out? Or maybe you simply don’t know what to cook. Keeping in mind the New Year’s resolutions, Veganuary offers a fresh way of thinking about nutrition during a time of year when we’re naturally inclined to look for ways to improve ourselves. It’s a great approach to focus our attention on a short period of time!

You can sign up online at any time and receive downloadable restaurant guides, product catalogues, and a delicious recipe collection with step-by-step guides and seven-day meal plans based on your caloric needs.

Don’t underestimate the advantages of planning your meals! It makes everything so much easier. Try it out! Who knows? You might enjoy it. Also have a read of our 5 easy meals for students.

If you would like to get in touch about any advice, you can call us at 0116 467 0315, send us an email at, or pop into our lettings office on the DMU campus.

Support is also available from Leicester Student Union Advice and De Montfort Student Union Advice.

When it comes to any money-related issues, we have some tips on how to find a part-time job and how to manage your household bills, with more to come in the new year!

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