Wednesday 19 February 2014

What do you do for your mental health?

Here are some of our top tips...

  1. Get plenty of sleep (most people need around 7-9 hours). Take a look here for some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.

  2. Go for a walk in the fresh air or do some relaxing yoga – it’s a great way to lift your mood!

  3. Write in a journal or chat to a friend about how you are feeling. If you’re worried about a friend, start a conversation – your understanding could be just what they need.

  4. Eat well – see here for lots of quick & easy recipe ideas for students.

  5. Meet up with friends or join a club. Take a look at your Student Union website for information on all of the clubs and societies on your campus.

  6. Volunteering is a good opportunity to meet new friends whilst learning new skills – visit your university volunteering centre to discover opportunities on campus and in the local community. You can find out about different ways to get involved with Student Minds here.

  7. Take time for yourself to relax and unwind: have a bath, meditate or sit down with a hot drink and a good book. Take a look at the ‘Be Mindful’ website for information on meditation and free online courses.

  8. Why not plan a short visit home halfway through term? Home comforts and the opportunity to see old friends can really help to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

  9. Take a look here for some tips on managing your workload and studying effectively. Try working in bite-size chunks and take regular breaks.

  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Problems with money, housing, relationships and studying are all common causes of worry, but universities have support services that are there to help you. Don’t forget to register with your local GP and make the most of support services on campus. To find out more about the Student Minds peer support programmes, take a look at our website here.

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