Tomorrow, 1st March, is Uni Mental Health Day (UMHD) which is a national campaign to promote the mental health of students and people working in higher education. Communities are fundamental to our health and wellbeing as it provides us with a support network and a sense of belonging. For some people being away from home for the first time can leave them feeling isolated.
In participation with Uni Mental Health Day the Union are running their first ever peer support event in the form of a workshop on bullet journalling which will take place tomorrow between 1 and 2pm at the Union. There will also be a Scribble Board up in Sir Ian Wood Building for students to write down ideas and messages for others.
President of Education and Welfare, Kerry Harrison, said: “UMHD raises awareness of specific things that impact students, there’s a lot of different awareness days, but this one is for students. The theme this year is community, every theme is brilliant because it focuses on students.”
Bullet journaling is a customisable way of organising your life. This means that you can create it to fit your needs. Whether you want to use it as a to-do list, project-planning, as a diary or memory book or a bit of everything, its style and what it is designed to do is ultimately up to you.
The workshop will help you discover what layout is best for you and will give you useful tips on making your bullet journal personal but effective.
Often, university can become stressful, with deadlines, a number of different projects, societies, part-time jobs and a social life that balancing it can be difficult, however, a bullet journal may be the tool needed to achieve this.
The creator of the Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll, explained that this form of organisation is “the analog system for the digital age”, meaning that all you need is a fresh piece of paper and a pen to get organised and to take a step back from the busy lift to plan it. The act of taking time to organise yourself can reduce stress levels and set clear and achievable objectives.
Jennifer Ritchie, Vice-President of Wellbeing and Equal Opportunities, explained: “What journalling allows you to do is really think about how you are feeling, what is putting pressure on you and keep track of things that make you feel better. It lets you really take notice of yourself and be more aware of your mental health.”
Pop along to the workshop in the Union between 1 and 2 to learn more about how starting a bullet journal could help you.