My Week at Uni – Anxiety

Finally back after the xmas/new year break! It has been a long time because we had a fortnight for exams.

Oh my, where oh where to begin. So firstly, exams were stressful, I didn’t mind the revision and the exams but I had pretty bad anxiety. It’s been a while since I’ve felt that way and it hasn’t entirely gone away yet. So I’m riding this wave, being kind to myself and waiting for this to pass.

Before going back this week, I was both excited to start a new semester with a new module but also a little bit not ready, a little bit feeling like I just wanted some more time off. I guess this is often the way after a break. I really am so lucky to be able to change careers and go back to studying and I am really enjoying the course but there are bits I’m not so into. As usual, I had a couple of lectures this week which were utterly pointless; I also had a 2 hour tutorial in which we were given a worksheet to do which I completed in 10 minutes. I can’t help but think that if I was able to complete this degree online I could do it in less than half the amount of time. I also can’t help but wonder if this is really worth £9k a year!

My new module ‘Exercise, Nutrition and Health’ started and I’m so excited for the lectures to come. Should be really fascinating. My favourite lecture this week was on micronutrients – such a good lecturer and so fascinating; lots of info I already knew but also advancing this further and drawing some connections I hadn’t made before!

I have an in-class essay next week and really wanted a bit more time until another assessment but alas, that is not the case. So I’m trying to crack on with the work I need to get done for it but I’m struggling to find the motivation. I’m also really poorly. Thursday evening my throat started hurting and now today, Friday, my throat is agony and my whole body aches and is sore. Probably tonsillitis and the last thing I want to do is uni work! I might allow myself a break today and then I can get cracking with it next week when I’m feeling a little fresher!!

I’m going to be posting this weekly blog on a Friday again as my schedule has changed and there’ll likely be another blog during the week on a Tuesday. Time commitments depending!!

Anyway, it’s good to be back, this blog really helps me process my week. Thanks for joining me again if you’ve been following my uni journey and if this is your first post – thanks for stopping by, this blog is just the ramblings of a nutrition student/yoga teacher, with a little bit of useful/interesting info. Hope to see you again next week!

Personal learning this week: it’s ok to give yourself longer to get things done when you’re not feeling great. It’s ok to give yourself time off.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • Broccoli is the ultimate superfood – It contains: B vitamins (particularly 2,5,6 & 9), loads of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and loads of vitamin K. Broccoli also contains loads of minerals and is high in dietary fibre. If you don’t love broccoli, why not? Put it in a stir fry, roast it, add it to a stew or curry. I personally love it just steamed and plain but whatever way you have it – just add it into your diet!
  • Recommended daily amount of salt is 6g a day (2.4g of sodium) – I didn’t really put it together before. Sodium is not the same as salt. Salt is sodium chloride so our daily recommended amount of salt is 6g but if you’re just looking at sodium it’s only 2.4g. Something to be mindful of on packaging. It’s definitely a mineral to be wary of. Your body doesn’t regulate the absorption of some minerals, sodium being one of them; this can lead to sodium overload which can cause cardiovascular diseases. Potassium helps to control blood pressure by reducing the effects of sodium so make sure you’re eating plenty of green veggies, potatoes, avocados and bananas to help your body. Of course this does not mean you can eat loads and loads of salt!!
  • Donate blood – it may make you more healthy!! – Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disease in the western world, it means the body absorbs too much iron and this can build up to toxic levels causing issues with the liver, arthritis, pain and tiredness and can even lead to cancer. Recent studies (https://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/2019/01/common-gene-disorder-causes-serious-stealth-disease-but-could-be-easily-treated/) have shown that giving blood can help reduce these levels in the body. Donating blood is a great thing to do regardless – providing blood for those who need it. If you don’t do it, why not? If you can’t think of a good reason – go out there and give blood! You may help yourself as well as others!

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