Category Archives: Campus life

Workout your gym needs in Hull!

“A person who is fit is capable of living life to its fullest extent.”

Exercise plays a vital role in mental health while also making you less prone to medical conditions. There are now over 9.7 million gym members in the UK, an all-time high of 14.9%; when will you find the gym that’s right you?

 

University gym

  • £19.95 per month
  • 120+ classes
  • Free access to lawns gym

This package is the most convenient choice for students; with facilities available on campus and at the lawns there will always be a uni gym guaranteed next to any university owned accommodation. This is perfect for busy/lazy individuals who don’t want to waste too much time commuting.

 

Xercise4less

  • From £9.99 a month (12 month contract)/ £19.99 per month
  • 200+ classes
  • Free access to 50+ branches nationwide

This package is the best for those looking to get value for money long term. This is the cheapest membership available in the city and with other sites nationwide it is perfect for those looking to gym away from uni too! Be prepared to commit to membership as customer service is minimal.

 

Fit 24

  • £249 per year/ £5 per day
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 24/7 access

This gym is popular amongst fitness enthusiasts who enjoy regularly going or those wanting a high end gym. It offers less free classes compared to the others but this reflects the number of members. It is a quiet gym perfect for those who desire privacy or dislike sharing equipment. If you have the money this is gym can cater for all tastes.

 

Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Top 3 things to do instead of going out

We all enjoy going out with our friends and have fun, usually accompanied by alcohol.

Unfortunately however, our bodies and minds need to take a break from these lucrative activities time to time.

 

Thus I am providing you, my precious readers, with a list of top 3 things to do instead of going out.

  1. A Venture To Nature

Our minds need a break from our daily lives, the best way to do it is to disconnect from all electrical devices and simply enjoy a long walk to a nice nature rich place.

It will allow you to release your mind from the shackles of technology and release your imagination and allow you to think deeply about anything you like, there will be no constraints on you.

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

We all have always wanted to do this. We have seen it movies, where someone climbs and is afraid to jump down.

 ‘Rock Up’, located in St Stephan’s shopping centre, allows us to actually see and have a feel for it, alone or with friends.

It is great fun and decent exercise!

  1. Escape Rooms

Fight your way through riddles and puzzles in order to free yourselves within a time limit at ‘Escape Hull’.

This activity is basically trying to solve riddles in order to find clues which will eventually allow you to open the doors, behind which freedom awaits.

 ‘Escape Hull’ offers a wide range of types of room you can escape from.

Tell me how you spend your free time below 🙂

Less Social Media, #MoreLife

The BBC published this article about The effect of social media on our ever day’s life and its scary.

http://bbc.in/2CASfsB

Stats

What triggered my thought about writing this blog is a commercial for Persil , discussing how the young coming generation doesn’t even go outside to play or to get dirty .  It made think about how i spent my childhood and how those real life experiences of tension , competition , emotions has shaped me the way i am today .

An average of 2 hrs at least is spent on social media by the population!, moreover a study found that a threefold of the sample is going through different depression symptoms mostly because the effect of the social media stereo type.

Take a Break

In the light of these stats i thought about a little project of not using Social Media for a week . Bring to mind that i can even recall the last time i had no social media platform to use.

Furthermore , i was amazed by amount of free time in my everyday life and how well i can actually benefit from it than just following other people in social media .

Of course i went back after that week but i promised myself to have one week off social media every month and thankfully I’ve been doing so for the last two years straight.

So if you’re new in Hull, take a break and roam the city , its the city of culture after all !.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

It’s present day and night.
Determines sorrow and delight.
If you ignore it, it will grow.
To control it, you must know…

What we’re up against.

Mental ill health

Mental health issues are a big problem for students. One in four of us suffer from a mental health problem each year. There are so many complex variations, and so little knowledge about them made publicly accessible, that they are not often discussed.

I want to share with you some observations about mental health that may challenge your perceptions.

Emotions are intermittent

You can feel happy one minute, and sad the next. The truth is, we all operate within a spectrum of positive to negative mental health.

Source: www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk

Perhaps, during recent years, you’ve hovered between coping and struggling for a while. Or, perhaps this has happened to a friend of yours. What’s important, is to know that we can help each other make practical changes to our lives to directly impact this. Eat healthy, socialise, ask for help.

If you’ve never encountered a sufferer, then you probably aren’t looking hard enough- perhaps because the real problem with mental ill health is stigma.

Fear of the unknown

Knowing that someone is labelled ‘depressed’ or ‘anxious’ may drastically affect the way you treat them. It may seem easier to avoid them, but making this a habit only feeds the stigma. I ask you, instead, to help me combat the stigma.

Talk to your friends about mental health, let’s normalise the topic and break down the barriers that prevent sufferers from feeling confident enough to ask for help. Let people know that you and I care.

Contact me: @thetomwalsh

 

Hull University: A place for you!

It’s coming to that time of the year where you are waiting to hear if we’ve been accepted for an interview for our chosen three universities. It can be a daunting and exciting thought of moving to a different city to study a degree to hopefully achieve your dream job.

As a student who has plucked up the courage to attend my local university, I can give nothing but Hull University praise. The transition from college to university was fairly fluid with the university helping with that. Just by putting a taster week on to familiarise with referencing, writing as an undergraduate and postgraduate student.

There aren’t many people who are aware of help you can receive if you have a learning disability. In fact, sometimes we may feel it is difficult to study but afraid to admit for help. Don’t worry about it! Hull University give students who are attending their first year at the University the chance to complete an online test that determines if you need help.

The university will determine if you need additional help from Student Finance who will assess you for an equipment grant. There are a number of programmes that are available for those who have a learning disability. The popular software used is Dragon a speech dictates software that enables the user to speak from reading a book.

How great does this all sound? Is Hull University one of your choices if not why not?

5 TIPS FOR LAST-MINUTE ESSAY WRITING

“Next time, I’ll start my essay when it’s set rather than when it’s due”

Sure.

It’s 36 hours until your deadline; you must spend your remaining hours working at 100% efficiency- rather than spending two hours on social media for every hour’s worth of work. Do you even have time to be reading this introduction?

1. TURN EVERYTHING OFF

The world is full of distractions. Let’s get rid of them. No phones, no excess technology. Your friends are probably messaging you about how they’re in the same situation, but they’re doomed; they aren’t following these steps.

2. HAVE A VISION

A good thesis is essential. Do you really think the lecturer wants to read a             re-hashed version of their own lecture notes? Exactly. Come up with your own unique angle on the question- and assert a position. It’s easier to defend an             argument than improvise and ramble.

3. STRUCTURE

Lay out your sections in a word document. Write a ‘topic’ sentence for each explaining your argument. Do all your sentences contribute to your argument?

4. GRAFT

Conduct research, add it to your topic sentences. The foundations have been put in place. Now fill in the gaps. Using a stopwatch or clock, work for 30-minute intervals, with short breaks in-between. This should help you maintain focus.

5. HIDE

You’ve approached your essay logically. You’ll do well, and it’ll be an enjoyable read- but you did it in one night. Your friends will hate to hear that you did well, so keep it on the down-low, and decide, once again, that you’ll try harder next time.

For more tips, contact me: @thetomwalsh

The art of giving up

In 2016 I made the bold decision to challenge myself to give something new up every day of the month, this was to challenge the idea that it takes 21 days to break a habit. When looking back on that year I found that I remembered it being rather easy, maybe some months were harder than others (cheese was a big one) but it was definitely doable! This was going to be easy right?

Wrong.

In order to make this challenge a bit more – well – challenging, I decided that each thing had to improve my life in some way, so I decided that for the month of January I would attempt to live waste-free.


(Photo source: Myzerowaste.com)

To begin with this challenge was easy, I started with simple changes such as swapping cotton buds for flannels when removing make-up, stocking up on Lush products (the packaging consists of 90% recyclable materials) and buying loose fruit and vegetables… then I made it to the meat aisle. Looking through the the local supermarket I found that almost everything I bought was wrapped in non-recyclable materials.


(Photo source: Independent)

This month forced me to take a look at my shopping habits, think about how to approach products in a different way, and forced me to make the extra effort that would benefit not only myself but the environment.

This challenge so far has been difficult but had proven to me that I am able to adjust my life for the better, but I must admit, the second the clock hit midnight on the first of March, I ate an entire bar of Dairy Milk. Some things just don’t change.

Hull University has it all for disabled students

Planning and moving to university can all be a daunting task to anyone, but even more so for disabled students. There are many questions that you have in your head such as does the university have easy access, what equipment do they have. There’s no need to panic as hopefully, this blog post will give you the answers you are hoping for.

There are many experiences you will face at University from making new friends, having a good laugh and the atmosphere of a busy campus. It’s a guarantee you will experience these even more at Hull University, making you feel like any other student despite your disability and without any challenges of access along the way.

Campus life for a disabled student is brilliant and makes life just that little easier knowing the university has all the equipment you need from automatic doors, accessible counter levels for wheelchair users. There is even a changing place for students who need to use a ceiling tracking hoist.

Hull University has many buildings on campus that are associated with different degrees, but each one has automatic doors and easy access for disabled students. With just one touch of a button, doors will open.

If you want to check out all of these facilities at Hull University visit their website. Don’t be afraid to give them a call, but hopefully, this has answered any questions you may have had.