Definitely, a positive and impactful thing to do, volunteering can be a beneficial activity for yourselves and the community. Firstly, it is a great way to get to know other students from different courses, you might even make friends for life. While volunteering, you can improve your teamworking and communications skills which can be very useful skills to have in daily life. Volunteering is also good for the CV; it is something which you can use to make you more employable in the future. Overall, you can help make a difference through giving your time and efforts.
2. Reduce your plastic consumption.
Plastic is suffocating our lands and seas. If you have seen Blue Planet 2, we don't need to go into details. Good ways to reduce plastic are by:
a. Drinking from a reusable water bottle.
b. Ditching plastic cutlery and cups.
c. Using a bar of soap instead of bottled liquid soap.
d. Bringing your own reusable bag instead of buying a new plastic bag.
3. Healthy food for healthy minds.
Yes! What we consume impacts on our moods, habits, and mental wellbeing. Eating healthy is vital in order to keep up with studies. Low blood sugar levels, too much salt from crisps or even, not enough liquids in your body can lead to tiredness, headaches, or low mood. Watch the video below about what foods are good to consume.
Moreover, consider reducing your intake of meat. Doing so will give you several health benefits. Cutting down meat is linked to a decrease of risk of some cancers namely colorectal, breast, stomach and bladder cancers. Also, you can aim to reduce weight more easily - carrying excess weight increases our risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and arthritis. Plant-based diets tend to be less energy dense so we can eat more and feel fuller. Finally, it is known that eating less meat lowers our level of cholesterol. Plant foods are typically low in saturated fat and some (nuts, seeds, avocados and vegetable oils) are high in unsaturated fats, which help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
4. Buy second-hand and donate to charity shops.
5. Avoid printing.
Throughout the year, students print a lot of their lecture notes and other university materials. With the improvement in technology, notes can now be accessible from a simple tablet via MyBeckett. Not only printing saves money and can also prevent trees from being cut down.
6. Hire a bicycle.
Hiring a bicycle can make you save a lot of money over the year, is great exercise and is the cleanest way to commute. Here at Leeds Beckett, you can hire a bicycle for £35 for a semester or £50 over the full academic year. The deposit is £50. Included in the deal are a solid D-lock and front and back lights.
Find more here: http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/cycling/