Health, Home, Student, Uni services

‘It’s okay not to be okay’

Often around this time of year people get homesick, the peril of freshers has blown over, a routine kicks in, deadlines approach, days are rather short, the weather’s rather gloomy and it’s easy to find yourself stressed to the max and a little down in the dumps.

Just Remember…

“it’s okay not to be okay”

Not everyday is going to be a great day. But there are sure to be many wonderful great fabulous days. And if you’re ever finding it hard to cope don’t be afraid to seek help and support! You are not alone…


  • You may be hundreds (maybe thousands) of miles apart but technology these days means they’re only a phone call or text away. Be sure to stay in contact. And if you find yourself with a couple days off or a long weekend, why not give them a surprise visit?


  • Plan a few days/nights out every few weeks. Whether it’s as a reward for finally finishing that piece of coursework or just a break from revision. Nothing beats a good time with your friends.


  • Our university has an amazing Health and Wellbeing service. Having used it myself, I personally found it very useful. They offer one-off workshops and longer courses on topics relevant to students such as mindfulness and dealing with emotions and stress. They also provide a range of online resources, the staff are lovely and friendly and it’s absolutely free!!! So if you’re interested in personal development, want some advice or guidance or are feeling rather stressed out i’d recommend giving it a try!


This Wednesday the University Wellbeing Service hosts the ‘Wellbeing Festival’ which will include a variety of activities and lots of information!


More Information:

Information on individual topics

List of upcoming workshops this term

On a slightly lighter note we’re half way through the term. YAY! A well earned break is closer than you think.

Happy Monday,


Health, Student, Uncategorized

Easy meals for university

Being a first year at university there has been lots to get used to; where to go to for lectures, when is the best time to do your washing and most importantly how to cook for myself! I chose to be self catered as I felt it would be nice for me to be able to cook my own meals and though it was difficult at first however I have found some simple meals I have enjoyed and wanted to share with you. Hope you enjoy!


Salad is a healthy option for lunch but mix in bacon and sausage or chicken and add some caesar sauce or some nandos sauce and you can have a tasty healthy lunch made in minutes.


Bacon Salad!

Pasta is my go to option for lunch or dinner, I actually bought a 3kg bag of pasta as I was eating so much and as soon as I did that I stopped eating as much. I swap in sauces such as pesto and dolmio stir in and also sometimes add sausage or chicken to get some protein/meat in. My favourite pasta combination is sausage and pesto. If you want to reduce washing up drain your pasta and put it back in the sauce pan.


Pasta with pesto, tomatoes, chicken and peppers!

Bagels are quick and easy to make, my favourite being Philadelphia and smoked salmon. Pop the bagel in the oven until golden brown (or I normally just do it till its hot) and then add the Philadelphia and salmon and you are good to go!


Bagel with Philadelphia and smoked salmon.


Dinner can be hard to make especially if you have had a long day at university. If I am really not feeling cooking I may get a takeaway or dominos but I try not to have takeaways too much! Here are some of my favourite meals for a quick dinner.

Fajitas are quick and easy to make and fill you up in no time! I normally buy the chicken, pepper and onions and then get a fajita mix. I don’t often buy tortillas as I prefer to eat the chicken as it is. You could add rice to this dish.


Fajitas with pepper and onion.

Why not make your own nandos? You can buy your choice of rub in Tesco and then buy chicken and sweet potato chips. There is even a range of sauces to go with your chicken- which as I said I use in salads!



Nandos chicken!

If chicken isnt your thing I really like this fish dish (although the kitchen will smell afterwards!!) Fish glazed with parsley and garlic butter accompanied with avocado mushy peas.


Fish and mushy peas with avocado.

And finally for all you vegetarians out there- you have GOT to try these stuffed peppers. Easy to do in the microwave and ready in 10 minutes! First cook your microwave rice and add pesto and goats cheese meanwhile put your peppers in the microwave for 5-6 mins to soften. Stuff the peppers, add some more goats cheese on top put back in the microwave and you are done! This recipe is SO easy to do and is one of my favourites!


Stuffed peppers- will leave you stuffed!

Hope this has given you some ideas of some quick meals you can make for dinner whether you are at university or are starting university in September. I may post some more ideas for dinner so if you liked this post please leave a comment or like! Thank you for reading!

Exercise, fitness, Gym, Health, Sport

Keeping Fit!


We have entered November which means that we’re officially in the final countdown for winter and Christmas time. The weather here in Portsmouth is starting to become a little too cold for my taste, but hey, that’s what Britain is known for, right? Good, old rainy weather! Nonetheless, the weather hasn’t stopped me from keeping my usual routine, which consists of going to lectures and seminars as well as trying to regularly keep my gym schedule, which is what I want to talk about in this post.


When I first arrived in Portsmouth to get everything ready for my course and accommodation, one of the first things I did was to sign up for the Early Bird Membership, which is basically an offer for students that register early at the uni’s gym, at a really cheap price of £119 for a whole year, which is just £10 a month! I signed up at the gym near my accommodation, which is the St. Paul’s Gym but there is also another gym facility at the University called Spinnaker Sports Centre, and it’s near to other housing facilities, so all students can have access to the various health and exercise classes and special offers that both gyms organize such as cardio cycling and piloxing (a mix of pilates, boxing and dance). There is also the Langstone Sports Site, which is used mostly for rugby and football games, among other sports.

I’ve realized that everyone needs to keep themselves fit and healthy as much as possible because being a student and away from home, we all tend to go crazy with our eating habits and consume more than we need to without even realizing it. Furthermore, most students tend to go out quite frequently at the clubs and social events at night and usually go back to their rooms in the early hours of morning, which can be harmful to the body’s metabolism. Therefore, keeping a regime routine in your weekly schedule is extremely important to maintain not only a good body, but also a clear head with the appropriate nutrients and a logical sleeping schedule.

In summary, everyone needs to take care of themselves whilst studying, because lots of students tend to get stressed and anxious about their lessons , but having a programme of how to be healthy is vital and also helps with building determination and discipline. Additionally, you also get to have an awesome beach body in the summer and who doesn’t want that? 😉

So what is your everyday regime of being healthy and fit? Does that include going to the gym?

XOXO Ntina