I love Christmas. Although I think I’ve appreciated it more since getting older. As a child you get excited to what presents you are going to open, whereas as an adult you get excited to spend quality time with family and friends.
As much as I love Christmas, I often can get stressed with wanting to get brilliant gifts for family and friends, and I often end up going over budget for this. As a student, it can be extremely stressful financially to make everyone happy. My advice to students struggling financially is this. It’s not important what is around the Christmas tree, it’s about who is around it. Just be honest with those who you are buying for. They will be understanding of the fact that you are a student and don’t have the finances.
Another issue which can arise around this time of year is mental health struggles. With the added financial worries, assignment and exam stress it can be understandable that students can start feeling low and anxious. My advice for this would be to make sure that you keep in contact with your friends and family, take a break. I get that you want to get your work done, but the work and revision will become easier with a clearer head. Make sure you keep up your hobbies, and if you really are struggling then access your university’s mental health services. De Montfort have a brilliant Mental Health Inclusion team that I have mentioned in my previous blog posts. They offer counselling services, and everything is completely confidential.
Get yourself involved in Christmas events, anything that your city has to offer! I recently went out with the DMU nursing society and it was such a lovely evening to spend time with others with similar interests, it was also nice to take a break from our uni work and switch off for a couple of hours. My most important piece of advice for Christmas. Enjoy yourself. Christmas is about time with your nearest and dearest, so make the most of it! As a student nurse you might be lucky and have Christmas off, but once we qualify it will be rare that we will have time off for Christmas, so let’s make the most of it!