Weekly news and information - WC 19th January 2015

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Beating The January Blues

Blue Monday will take place on January 19, 2015.

The day - which is earmarked as the most depressing day of the year - is traditionally a time when people need their spirits lifted after the comedown from Christmas.

What is it?

The unhappiest day of the year, based on the following factors:

  • Weather conditions,
  • Debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay),
  • Time since Christmas,
  • Time since failing our new year's resolutions,
  • Low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take action.

After the celebrations of the festive season, many people feel low when going back to work or education.

Why do we feel so low?

January is a busy time for lifestyle changes: we take out gym memberships, look at job ads, browse for holidays, start diets and give up smoking.

The trouble is, few of the above give instant results. In the meantime, we still have to clear our credit cards, squeeze into our tighter clothes and get on with a less-than-inspiring job with pay day weeks away and no bank holiday on the horizon.

Tips to beating the blues

1. Try something new

It's easy to feel stuck in a rut, but dwelling on things is a waste of your energy.

Don't try to fix everything at once – instead focus on changing one thing to boost your mood.

It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive: you could learn a new language by joining a night class but also by borrowing a beginner's language course from your local library.

2. Get physical

Numerous studies have shown that exercise boosts mood – so much so that GPs are advised to prescribe exercise for mild depression instead of medicines.

Visit your local leisure centre to see what classes they offer and try to combine activity into your daily routine. Try going for a brisk walk in your lunch hour and ban yourself from using the lift.

3. Contact a friend or relative

Arrange a get together or talk to someone you haven't contacted for a while.

Making plans and thinking of someone else is a good way to take your mind off your troubles.

Email and social networking sites make this task easier if you don't like using the phone.

4. Look after yourself

It's easy to be unhappy with your body, your career, your relationship – everything can be found wanting after the 'spoil yourself' mentality of the festive holidays.

While you may need to make lifestyle changes for a healthier, happier you, you shouldn't see your current self as a failure.

Having goals is good, but they can be destructive if you use them as a stick to beat yourself with.

5. Spot the signs of trouble

According to The Samaritans, suicide levels are at their highest at the beginning of the year.

If the future seems bleak, and you have lost interest in everything, it's time to take some action.

Watch out for these signs of emotional distress: difficulty sleeping, disturbed appetite, excessive drinking, being anxious or angry.

Action means talking to someone you trust, contacting Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, or making an appointment with your GP.

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If you are concerned about how you are feeling or just want to talk to somebody, please visit the youth work office. Hopefully a problem shared is a problem halved :) This is a confidential service and the team should be able to help.

Watch the clip below and see if it can raise a smile, but please don't sing it around college! PLEASE

The Lego Movie - Everything is awesome! - Official Clip - Sing along
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College events in January

Alliance Counselling Appointments at SRC

Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 10am

Quiet Room

SRC are working with Alliance to provide counselling support for students. If you are interested in finding out more or want to make an appointment, please visit the youth work office.

Stockton Riverside College - Agency Event

Wednesday, Jan. 28th, 11:30am-1:30pm

Reception, Stockton Riverside College, Harvard Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

All the health and wellbeing information you need in one place including;

  • Drug and alcohol advice
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Eastern Ravens - for young carers
  • Smoking support
  • Chamydia testing
  • Counselling service
  • National Citizenship Service

Drop by at any time during the event!

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast is a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day.

In general, teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in education, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for SRC Breakfast Club!

  • Tea and toast will be served to students each morning, commencing from Monday 10th November from 8.30am till 9am in Oasis cafe.
  • This will be free for the first 25 learners, then 50p for all other learners.
  • It is important to remember your student ID, you will be asked to show this in order to benefit from the Beakfast Club offer.

Student Union President

Hi there I’m Pasha, your new President!

I am going to be voice for all students here at Stockton Riverside College.

I want to give present and future students the best environment to learn and achieve excellence.

If anyone has any requirements, requests about the college, things you would like to alter and improve, you can rely on me to make a change!

Student IDs

We ask all staff and students to wear their ID in college at all times. This is to ensure college is a safe place, and that we can identify anyone who should not be in student only areas. If you have any concerns about wearing your ID, please speak to your tutor. Staff will ask to see your ID if you aren't wearing it visibly. If you want more information on staying safe in college, text Safe to 81025.

Student Services Teams

Who are we?

Youth work * Learning Support * Careers * Core * Information and Guidance * Safeguarding