We all know that exercise and fresh air is good for you, but it can be hard to motivate yourself to get out and about when you’re not feeling mentally up to it. There are plenty of opportunities at Birmingham to help you get started, including beginners yoga classes, and 1:1 sessions with a qualified trainer at the Sports Centre.
Freddie, 3rd year Business Management and Spatial Planning
“I manage my stress with a little physical exercise. Exercise makes me feel mentally refreshed and ready to put in some good hours work afterwards - and make sure you keep eating good nutritious main meals.”
We’re also lucky to have a beautiful park at the heart of campus, if you need to take a break from the library and take 10 minutes to stretch your legs. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which really do make you feel better, give it a go- whether it’s a short walk, a fun sports class, or an intense gym session; find something you enjoy.
Find out more about sport and fitness at Birmingham.
Harvey, 2nd year Modern Languages
“Me and my housemates often cook big dishes like fajitas together, to spread the cost and have a catch up over some good food.”
Being a student also doesn’t mean you have to live on frozen pizzas and takeaways. There are lots of different places to eat on campus, whether you want noodles, a salad, a burrito or a classic fish and chips. Sometimes choosing the healthy option can make you feel better not just physically but mentally as well. Although it’s about finding a balance that works for you- occasionally having the pizza won’t hurt. There’s also plenty of Halal, Vegetarian and Vegan options available on campus as well, whatever your dietary requirements. You might also find that cooking with your friends and flatmates is not only fun and cheap but also a great way to stay healthy, enjoy a variety of dishes and relax at the end of the day.
Check out all the dining options on campus.