As a postgraduate student, you probably spend a lot of time in the library, poring over textbooks and staring at computer screens. As much as anything all the studying and being cooped up in the library (or at home!) can take a toll on your mental health. Regular breaks and engaging in fun activities are essential for maintaining good mental health, and that’s where the SASiety game nights come in.
Games nights are a fantastic way to unwind, connect with friends, and have a blast. Here are a few fun facts that prove just how awesome game nights can be:
- Games nights can be a form of self-care. According to this article (which you should totally read because it is all about maintaining mental health!), self-care involves engaging in activities that improve your mental and emotional well-being. Game nights can provide an escape from your studies and promote relaxation.
- Games nights can help reduce anxiety. Playing games with friends can provide a sense of connection and belonging, which can enhance your mood and reduce feelings of isolation (that we know all too well).
- Games nights can improve cognitive function! Many games require strategy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, all of which can help keep your brain sharp (you know, for when you have to go back to the library to study).
- Games nights can be a healthy way to release stress. Finding healthy ways to manage stress is essential for good mental health. Playing games can give you the opportunity to think of something else other than that essay you have to submit!
What makes a game night so great for mental health, then? It’s simple: games are just plain fun! Whether you’re rolling the dice, shuffling cards, or moving pieces around a board, there’s something inherently enjoyable about playing games with others (the ancients knew all about it). Plus, the social connections and sense of community that game nights offer can improve your overall well-being.
In addition to promoting good mental health, games night can be tailored to fit your preferences. We have an array of board games you can choose from in our SASiety Common Room. From Ticket to Ride to Scotland Yard, a Classic Games Collection, Monopoly and card games such as Uno, the options are endless. Want something you like but don’t see? Make sure to email us and we will get that board game for the room! There’s a game out there for everyone.
So, if you are looking for a fun, low-key way to take a break from postgraduate studying and improve your mental health, consider attending our games night! Just be sure, no matter what, to prioritize self-care and take breaks as needed. Your brain (and your stress levels) will thank you.
Games Night at Senate House
WHEN: 23rd of March 2023
WHAT TIME: 18.00
WHERE: Room 101 at Senate House