Gareth Hughesis the Clinical Lead for Student Space and is a psychotherapist, researcher and writer on student wellbeing, including the book Be Well, Learn Well
If you’re finding the second term more challenging than you expected, taking some steps might make it easier to manage.
It is quite common for some students to find the second term more challenging than they expected.
The second term contains a number of unique challenges. Some simple steps and the right support can make them easier to manage, or can even reduce the possibility of experiencing second term blues at all.
What are second term blues?
Having completed the first term, you may expect that managing the second term would be straightforward. As a result, when some students do experience problems, they can be surprised and worried about what this means.
It can be easy to start thinking – is there something wrong with me? Am I not up to this? Is university not for me?
In fact, these 'second term blues' (as they are known) are a common experience and will usually go away after a short period of time.
Factors causing second term blues and how to manage them
There are a number of interacting factors that create these feelings in the first place.
Coming back to reality
For first years in particular, the first term can be scary but it is also exciting. That excitement can help to power you through. Having settled into university, it may not seem quite as exciting now – but many of the challenges of the first term still exist..
What you can do:
Accepting this as normal can reduce the impact it has on you. Remind yourself that many students go through this, that it will go away and that your experiences of being a student will help you. You got through the first term – you can do this.
It may help if you can stay active and create good routines and structures for each day. Be proactive in taking care of your wellbeing and try to plan some fun into each week.