Staying Healthy During Exam Season

I apologise in advance if this frightens you but alas, we have hit Week 11 and we are in the home stretch towards summer exams. We can almost smell end-of-exam ice cream and sleep in celebrations. I don’t know about all of you, but I tend to forget how to be healthy when studying and when exams are on my mind. It’s like my brain becomes a reservoir of words, numbers, library times, and nothing else. Sometimes, I forget to eat because study has consumed me and sometimes, I eat way too much because I’m starving and feel like I deserve it after a long day in college. Even though my brain doesn’t seem to believe it, it is possible to achieve a healthy balance! Here a few little tips you might find helpful in the next few weeks!

  1. Don’t start your day with study immediately. Give yourself time for your mind to clear, whether it be a walk, yoga, meditation, or the mandatory scroll through Instagram or reddit.
  2. Meal prep for a few days. Having your dinner already prepared will prevent you resorting to quick and unhealthy foods.
  3. Have snacks at the ready! Personally, I love to munch on grapes while I’m trying to cram some bit of knowledge into my brain to prevent that painful hunger from setting in.
  4. Give yourself sufficient break times. You can wear yourself out very fast by ‘powering through’ one day, and not having the ability to open a book the next day.
  5. Know whether you work best at morning, afternoon, or night. Not everybody is going to wake up at 7am to work. Night owls need just as much admiration as morning people! Avail of when you work best and be that productive student you wish to be!

 

The most important thing to remember is that exams are not everything, and if you feel that your mental health is suffering, you need to priortise being happy. Not only do we need to look after our physical health during stressful times, our mental health is just as important.

Stay beautiful, stay smiling

Anna : )

 

Pippin 05/02 – 09/02

Looking for some catchy tunes and great performing to debunk your week 4 brain? The Musical Soc, GUMS, is putting on a production of Pippin this week in the Black Box Theatre! The production begins tomorrow, Tuesday 05/02, and runs until this Saturday, 09/02. All shows begin at 8 pm and tickets may be easily purchased online, at the Socs Box, or at the theatre. Tickets are €12 for students and €15 for adults. Hopefully you can come out and enjoy an evening in the theatre; it  may be a new way to find something different you enjoy and support your fellow classmates. 🙂

Chocolate chip cookies!

Hey guys, so this week I’m sharing with you the recipe for delicious chocolate chip cookies. All you need is …….
1 cup white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips (i used a mix of milk and white chocolate)
4 tbsp milk
2 tbsp oil
dash of vanilla extract
2 tbsp peanut butter

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.


2. Form a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients and peanut butter add 2 tbsp of milk at first and add more gradually as it is needed.

3. Mix until it becomes a cookie dough consistency, as shown below.


4. Roll into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


5. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
6. Separate the dough into smaller balls and place on a lined tray.


7. Bake for 15 minutes remove from oven and leave them to set for another 15 minutes.
8. ENJOY!

-Claire

Happy Friday!

Hello all and congratulations, you’ve made it through week two!

If you’re sticking around Galway this weekend and looking for something fun and inexpensive to get out and do, you’ve come to the right place! There is always so much going on in Galway and if you’re like me, somehow you always just miss it because you were misinformed. One website I love to check regularly for current and upcoming events in the area so I don’t end up missing out is https://thisisgalway.ie/events/. They offer an array of different kinds of things to tag along to and get out! I’ll attach what they have listed for this weekend, but  I also want to add the weather is saying Sunday will be sunny (fingers crossed and knock on wood), but that may be a great opportunity to take a long walk out to Salthill with a friend or just a coffee and enjoy the happy views. Have a wonderful weekend and we’d still love to see your smiling face here at the Hub Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 2-5.

FRIDAY 25/1:

Negative Creeps, Nirvana Tribute Band 23:30 at Monroe’s (€12)

MOVE with John Daly 23:00 at Electric Garden & Theatre (€5)

Subtitle: Spotlight European Film Festival 18:30 and all weekend at Town Hall Theatre (various pricing)

SIVE 20:00 Friday and Saturday at An Taibhdhearc ( €15.50)

SATURDAY 26/1:

Astrofest Galway 09:00 at Harbour Hotel (from €15)

FAMILY w/ Marion Hawkes, Paul Belton, & Hard Candy 23:00 at Electric (€10)

SUNDAY 27/1:

John Conneely Inc. 23:00 at Roisin Dubh (€6)

Riff Raff Comedy Night 20:00 at Black Gate Cultural Centre (Price TBA)

New Year Resolutions

Don’t let people tell you that you can’t have New Years Resolutions. Yes, a lot of resolutions are not always completed… I told myself in 2018 that I would end the year with a driving licence, and yet, here I am, trundling back home in a bus every weekend. This does not undermine the other resolutions I have completed since last year. Being able to squat over my own weight was one of my personal favourite achievements. And yet, how is this discredited because I didn’t achieve every goal? One failure does not destroy other successes you may have.
So welcome back guys, new year, new semester, the first and last time we get to enjoy the year of 2019! I’m sure the majority of us, yes, even the ones who fail to admit it, have made some New Year’s Resolution regarding their health. This is not a bad thing! The very fact that you are aware that you’d like a change is the very first step towards feeling happy in your own skin. A New Year is a time in which you feel like you have the chance to make different choices and adopt different mindsets. For me, my biggest (and possibly my most needed) resolution was to stop drinking alcohol. Towards the end of 2018, I recognised that it was affecting both my physical and mental health, and I knew it needed to change. So, by allowing myself one last glass of prosecco on New Years Eve, I felt ready to change. I needed that New Year to spur me on to make that decision. 2019 is the year I am going to achieve my resolutions, and so will you!
If a new day inspires people to achieve what they want to do, imagine how a whole New Year can impact motivation! Every single number in the date, month, and year changes in the New Year. So why can’t we follow suit? So while we all have accepted that it’s okay to want to set goals, here’s a simple list of how achieving them does not seem impossible!
1. Keep your goals realistic – don’t fall in to the trap of idealism in which you are fully aware that the goals are unattainable
2. Set both long-term and short-term goals – you could even set a goal for every month!
3. Track your progress – sometimes you need to have a record of what you’re doing to be able to stay inspired.

“In order to make a lasting change in our lives, we must first change our minds. We sometimes forget, and we often feel stuck, but we all have the power to do so.”

Stay beautiful, stay smiling.

Anna.

Cupcakes

Hey, guys so this week I’m sharing with you my go-to recipe for cupcakes. What I love about cupcakes is that they are so versatile and taste great.

ingredients
4 eggs
225g self-raising flour
225g sugar
225g butter
2 drops vanilla extract

method
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

2. Mix all ingredients together using a hand whisk until they are a smooth consistency like shown below.

3. Spoon out the mixture into cupcake cases.

4. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Enjoy the deliciousness!

optional extras
– Add 3 tbs of cocoa powder to make chocolate cupcakes.
– Add 1 drop of lemon extract and the zest of 1 lemon to make lemon cupcakes.
– Melt 2 tbsp of peanut butter and add it to the batter to make peanut butter cupcakes.

-Claire

Energy balls

Hey guys, so this week I’m going to share with you the recipe for energy balls. They are super simple to make and taste great:) all you need is…….
1 cup of dates
1 cup of oats
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp peanut butter

method
1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor


2. Blitz ingredients until they look like the picture below

3. roll the mixture into balls

4. enjoy!

adapted from: https://inspiredentertainment.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-bites/

-Claire

Meals on a budget

top view of small shopping cart with dollars and fruits with vegetables isolated on white

 

 

 

 

Today I decided to have a look at what special offers are out there in the local supermarkets at the moment, It can be a great way to stretch your budget and keep your meals interesting at the same time.

Here is a list of stores in Galway that provide special offers with links for you to browse their offers.

Centra:

Centra have a number of cereals on offer at the moment at half price as well as some other bargains, offers available until the 23rd of January 2019.

Offers at Centra

Dunnes Stores:

Offer their better value 6 food range, until the 26th of January you can bag these at just 49c each.

Offers at Dunnes.

Here are some recipes you could try by just adding a few things:

Avocado and beetroot salad

Poached eggs with avocado and beetroot 

ALDI: 

Aldi offer their weekly ‘super 6’ fruit, veg, meat and fish.

This weeks offers at ALDI

This week they have the makings of a classic garden salad, Iceburg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. if you want to try something different you could take a look at this tomato and cucumber salad.

Tesco: 

Why not try adding some strawberries and kiwi to your porridge in the morning.

This weeks offers at Tesco

Supervalue:

Supervalue offer a range of products for less than 2 € each.

Special Offers at Supervalue

Lidl:

Offers at Lidl

 

Happy cooking!

 

Socs Fair

Next Tuesday (22nd of January 2019) is a great opportunity to meet and chat with members of all different Societies.

There will also be a poster sale in the foyer of Aras na Mac Leinn.

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Super easy homemade granola

Hey guys, so this week in honour of it being study week, I’ve got a straightforward recipe for you guys that contains omega fatty acids which a great for your brain! And it takes less than 15 minutes to make. All you need is………..

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbs cinnamon
1 cup oats
1 cup seeds and nuts (I just used sunflower and pumpkin seeds because I had them on hand)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Mix the oats and nuts together using your hands.


3. Add cinnamon and mix it in. I may have gone a bit over the top with the amount because I love cinnamon but feel free to add extra or take some away.


4. add coconut oil and melt in with the heat of your hands, so it coats the mixture this gives the granola its crunch.


5. Cook in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or till the oats and cinnamon become fragrant.
6. Enjoy!