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Fika App Review

Fika is a great app for students, both new and current because it helps you to get through life just that little bit easier. When going through the app, I found many things that benefitted me, and that I truly enjoyed. Here are my favourite finds from the app:

As soon as I got on the app there was a new ‘relaxation video’ that only took 5 minutes. It asked me to do a quick breathing exercise and to picture a place that made me feel happy and calm. It asked me to vividly imagine the different senses and objects within this place and I found it to be extremely relaxing. Since this is only a quick exercise, it’s great for students who are always in a rush. For me, I think I’d use this in the morning when I first wake up, to de-stress myself and get ready for a fresh, new day of classes.

Another aspect of the app that I enjoyed was the ability to get involved with the community with the ‘cheer’ button on comments. Not only can you support what other people say, but you can submit your own input aswell!

The app also provides a quick fun fact at the beginning of almost every exercise which is great for developing your knowledge. What I enjoy about the exercises themselves is that they use facts and quotes that make it relatable. It makes learning about your own emotional fitness interesting, and it really doesn’t take that much time to do. Each activity only takes a couple minutes at a time.

There are loads of different sections to choose from. There is something for everyone, and I think this app is especially beneficial to students because it teaches them how to cope mentally at uni, considering it is such a big change. For example, there are sections that focus on mental health directly, such as stress, focus, motivation and positivity, but there are also sections which focus on physical health. This is important because at uni you should be taking care of your fitness because a healthy diet contributes to a healthy, productive mind. Check out all these different topics to choose from:

My favourite section is ‘Confidence’, something I struggled with when I first came to uni. Fika’s engagement with this topic teaches you valuable skills, not just for making friends at uni and joining societies, but for future applications to jobs and interviews. There is even more on this in their ’employability’ section, where they prepare you for life after uni.

Confidence, for me, is vital at university. The app offers a special look into why it’s important that you master the art of confidence, and teaches you ‘course hacks’ where confidence may come into play. Therefore, the app is a great resource for students struggling socially and mentally at uni.

The ability to track your progress is also really encouraging for new and current students, as mental wellbeing is a progressive journey – it can’t just happen overnight. The Fika app offers a structured approach to tackling life’s difficulties and is really helpful in guiding you along the way by letting you interpret your own ideas from the activities, and by suggesting when and how often is best to visit.

The app is free to students at the University of Lincoln with their uni login. Even if this isn’t your normal cup of tea, give it a go! It’s taught me a lot of handy tips for my final year coming up, and I wish I would have had access to it when I first came to uni. It’s there to help you, and spread positivity surrounding your mental wellbeing!

 

Please note: This content was created prior to Coronavirus, and some things might be different due to current laws and restrictions. Please refer to Government advice and the University of Lincoln for the latest information.