IH Positivity Board

We asked IH Resident to submit their favourite quotes to help spread positivity across the Hall. Here are a few of the many submissions we have gotten so far. Still want to submit one? You can do so until March 8th by using this form.


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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb

"Life is not full of problems, it is full of solutions waiting to be found." - Chinese Proverb

"If you don't believe in yourself, who will?" - Anonymous 

"I’d rather die regretting that I had done something than regretting that I hadn’t" - Anonymous

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything." -Vincent Van Gogh

"If you wait until you're ready, you'll be waiting the rest of your life." - Unknown

"The best & most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart." -Helen Keller

"Life is like photography. Develop from the negatives." - Unknown

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

"Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it." - Unknown

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“Falha-se sempre na realidade aquela vida que se planeou com a imaginação.” - Eça de Queirós

"When you are trusting yourself, you are trusting in the wisdom that created you, which is infinite." - Wayne Dyer

"Work hard till your signature becomes an autograph :) " - Unknown

"Aspire to inspire before you expire." - Unknown

 

Learn more about Mental Health

Mental health is becoming more prominent among university students. In this post, we have assembled some resources for readers to learn more. In addition to these, please remember that the Warden's Team is ALWAYS available for ANY resident or their partner learn more about available resources, to help intervene or to just talk. 

Video:

Amazing TED talk on Depression: “Depression, the secret we share” by Andrew Solomon (30 minutes)

Podcasts:

A true story told live about how a husband contends with his wife's depression - A deeply moving and emotional story - From the podcast ‘The Moth’.
12 minutes long.
Warning this podcast does mention suicide

This American Life Podcast episode “Say Anything.” Does talking about it really help? Stories where it does, including a man who tried to battle his fears by listening to them. 
Warning this podcast is about one persons battles with suicide

This American Life Podcast episode “Who You Gonna Call?” When everything goes wrong, one of the first things we think is, “Who do I  call?” This episode is stories of lucky people who have found the exact right person to call for help. 
Warning this podcast is about one persons battles with suicide.

Image Credit: CC by Mental Health/ Pixabay

Eating Health at IH

What if I told you it really is possible (and simple) to stick to your resolution even at the IH dining hall?

“Nothing in excess” was boldly inscribed years ago on the temples of Delphi. This Greek philosophy can be applied to your diet too. You neither need to gorge down the entire (seldom) good-looking salad bar, nor cut yourself loose on the dessert counter. It’s all about the balance.

A balanced IH tray would ideally contain a rich source of carbohydrate, a rich source of protein, some vegetables and a dessert/fruit.

To break it down, carbohydrate is the primary source of glucose that provides energy, especially to your brain. (Whoever told you to cut down the carbs?!). Examples of good sources of carbohydrates available at the hall are noodles, rice, bread, mashed potatoes or corn. This should be accompanied by a good source of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, tofu, beans, soya or any pulses. Ensure you consume deep-fried or oily dishes less often, and opt for baked or roasted items instead. For those days when you just cannot tolerate the site of naked meat/ fish being served- including boiled eggs in your salad could be a good idea.

Speaking of salads, they could be a good source of vegetables and provide the needed fiber in your diet. A vinaigrette dressing could be a better option than creamy mayonnaise. You could also experiment and make your very own lemon- honey- mustard dressing!

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Sugary juices and fizzy drinks could be cut down to 2-3 times a week instead of a daily basis. They tend to provide unnecessary calories and barely contain any nutrients.

One way you could fulfill your dairy requirement for the day is by opting for a pot of flavored yogurt for dessert. Grabbing a fruit, instead of a pastry could also be a better alternative. Flaky pastries tend to have a higher amount of fat in addition to the chocolate/ sugary jam inside the pastry. Even if you do choose the pastry- reconsider drizzling the custard instead of drowning your dessert in it!

Finally, allow yourself cheat days wherein you could wish to enjoy all the croissants and fish and chips IH has to offer. By doing so, there is a higher chance of you sticking to eating healthy on the other days. Here’s to a healthier 2018, without IH food being a roadblock in shedding those extra Kilos!

Ishitaa Bhatia is a resident of International Hall. She is currently pursuing her MSc. In Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at UCL. These are her personal suggestions.Image Credit: CC by Eating Healthy/Flickr

Boosting your Mental Health

Starting university can be an exciting time, but it can also be a very stressful time. StudentMinds is a UK Student Mental Health Charity, with lots of great resources, including this page on starting university. It gives lots of good tips and advice on how to cope with change and take care of yourself during this period. 

Image credit: Student Minds Charity

Image credit: Student Minds Charity

You're not alone

1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health problems. 

In an NUS survey, 78% of students believed they experienced mental health problems in the preceding 12 months. 

The majority of students may experience stress, homesickness, anxiety and depression during their time at university. 

Image credit: Student Minds Charity

Image credit: Student Minds Charity

It's fine! 

There are many people and services around that can help you if you're not feeling well. At IH, the Warden's team is here to provide you with pastoral care 24/7. Although the members of this team aren't trained counsellors, they can provide a sympathetic ear and give you further advice on where to get help. 

Here is a list of places you can call or go to for mental health help: 

Samaritans - Call 116 123 to talk to someone. They accept calls 24/7 and are Free 

London Nightline - Call 0207 631 0101

Camden and Islington Psychological Services self-referral - icope.nhs.uk

Your GP is also there for your mental health, not just your physical health!

Your university may also have counselling services, so it is important to check with them or look on their websites. Here's a list of some of the University of London institutions' psychological services for students:

  1. University College London
  2. King's College London
  3. London School of Economics and Political Science
  4. Queen Mary
  5. SOAS
  6. City University
  7. Royal Academy of Music
  8. Goldsmiths

Here are a few links with useful advice on taking care of your mental health as a student:

1.  Looking after your mental well-being

2. Dealing with Exam Stress

3. Your Year Abroad

Of course, at any point, please feel free to reach out to the Warden's Team to discuss any issues regarding mental health or other concerns.