Take a break, win a prize

Here at CityLibrary we think it’s important to remind all of our students and staff about the importance of self-care during the exams and assessment period. Working hard to achieve excellent results can be tough, both mentally and physically. That’s why we like to encourage everyone to #TakeABreak.

Whether you go for a walk, get some fresh air, switch off your smartphone for half an hour, or go home to get some sleep, it’s crucial to look after yourself and to find of ways of managing the stress you’ll experience as best as you can.

If you want, you can distract yourself for a while with one of our puzzling puzzles or our colourful colouring-in sheets:

Sudoku puzzle sheet.
Samurai Sudoku

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Codebreaker puzzle sheet.
Codebreaker 

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George Daniels clock colouring-in sheet.
Colour-in the George Daniels Clock

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City of London skyline colouring in sheet.
Colour-in the City

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This year we’re running weekly prize draws, so tweet us your artistic achievements or hand-in your completed copies at one of our Help Desks (remembering to include your name and City email) and you could win £10 print credit for your efforts.

We’d also recommend you take advantage of the range of support services and resources available to you:

And please remember: friends, colleagues, staff, there are loads of people around wanting to help you through the process as best they can; try not to let everything overwhelm you, talk to someone, get support, seek advice – you will get there in the end.

Good luck everyone.

Colour Me Calm…

Adult colouring books have been some of the bestsellers in recent years… Is it anything to do with growing levels of exam stress?? At City University Library we wanted to join in the craze, and so have created our own colouring pages for you to escape into…

As Nick Scott points out in Director magazine, colouring is a major “anti-stress therapy for the beleaguered business leader”; allowing us to be a care-free child again, and also focusing our mind for new challenges. So it’s not just a bit of fun… Carole Tonkinson, publisher at Bluebird, Pan Macmillan’s wellness and lifestyle imprint, says: “Colouring is tactile and soothing. It’s creative, but not so challenging that it’s draining.”

So, go ahead… Have a break from the studies, and get colouring! Look out for our galleries to pin up your creations.

Colouring

Colour

This is how one City Librarian got on:

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