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Take a second to zone out and breathe... life can be difficult and that's okay.

Hi everyone,

We thought it would be a good idea to make a post reminding people that it is definitely okay not to be okay.

Following on from recent events such as the attacks on Monday and the announcement of effectively another lockdown, we wanted to remind you of the importance of your mental health. This year has been a pretty scary year and is filled with uncertainty which has made a lot of people anxious. That is a rational feeling to have at the moment and if you are struggling don't try to ignore it and hope it goes away. Speak to someone - anyone - friends, family, us, uni staff, student wellbeing and any of the helplines.

There is a new society which has just been set up as well called the

Ulster Mindfulness Society

which some of you may be interested in! We have agreed to future collabs with this society so we will bring in events which focus on good wellbeing.

Our committee member, Jake, has taken on the wellbeing officer training however any of us are happy to have a chat if you're feeling down.

Another thing I would 100% recommend is the app Headspace - you can get this alongside your student Spotify account for £5 a month. It is strongly around meditation and really helps take your mind off problems and reduce stress. The sessions don't need to be long - 3 minutes out of your time to try and relax makes a big difference. This is the link to access this:

https://www.spotify.com/uk/headspace/student/

We would also highly recommend getting involved with as much society activities as you can so then you feel you are interacting with others in a time where this is limited. This is a really good way to make friends if you're struggling.

With love,

The Politics Committee

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