How to look after your mental health at university 🧠
10 top tips for improving student’s mental health
We’ve explored why it’s important to look after your mental health at University, so now here’s a guide to improving mental health for students:
As the saying goes, work hard, play hard. It is important to try and maintain a balance between your study and social life.
It may be helpful to create a timetable to schedule in revision, coursework and independent study time, leaving free slots for meeting up with friends and attending socials.
Evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.
Eating a balanced diet may help to improve your mood, give you more energy and help you think more clearly.
Aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg and drink 6-8 glasses of water each day.
Here’s some more advice on food to eat when studying.
As well as the obvious physical health benefits, regular exercise has positive effects on our mental health too, such as keeping our minds alert and focused and relieving stress through positive endorphins.
If you know that another student is struggling with mental health issues at university, point them in the direction of the above resources or grab a coffee together off-campus and have a chat.
There are lots of different breathing techniques designed to help you calm down.
A common one is to inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 2 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds.
The important thing is to exhale for longer than you inhale.
Mindfulness teaches us to focus on the present instead of living in the past.
It also teaches us to acknowledge our thoughts and feelings without judgement or cause for action.
In a related blog post about staying healthy in University, NSHSS encourages students to “meditate, do yoga, or experiment with other ways to help ‘turn-off’ your mind as you approach sleep, all without your digital screens,” as getting ample sleep is also an important factor that impacts health and immunity.
Close your eyes and try to picture a place where you feel most relaxed, it can be anywhere: inside or outside, real or imaginary.
We often find that when we are talking to ourselves, we use very negative language and criticise ourselves in ways we would never do to a friend.
When you hear this negative voice, try and think about what you would say to a friend in this situation.
It can be helpful to keep track of how your mood changes from day to day so that you can spot any patterns that may exist.
There are many benefits of writing for students.
Think of 5 things you are grateful for at the end of each day so that you go to sleep feeling more positive.
Student Blog Writer