Tuesday 21 November 2023

Importance of mental health during university studies

Ellen explores the importance of mental health during one's university years as well as strategies to nurture and maintain it.

- Ellen

University life is an exciting and transformative period in someone’s life. It's a time of exploration, personal growth, and academic development. At the same time, it can be a period of intense stress and mental health challenges because you are about to start something new. Navigating the academic and social pressures of university can take a toll on students' mental well-being. Academic pressures at University can often impact you and affect your mental health. The competitive nature of higher education, coupled with the high expectations for success, can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression. It’s completely logical that exams, assignments, and the pressure to excel academically can be overwhelming. One key to nurturing mental health during university is effective time management. You should find a way to balance your academic responsibilities by setting realistic goals and allocating time for both studying and relaxation. It’s important that you don’t overdo it though because you will be exhausted and lose motivation by the end of the semester. Seeking support from academic advisors or mentors can also be invaluable in managing academic stress. In my case, we had personal tutors and we could talk to them. 

Social and Emotional Challenges 

University is a time when students often leave the comfort of their family homes and establish a new social network. Adjusting to the social aspects of university life can be challenging, leading to feelings of isolation, loneliness, or peer pressure. These emotional challenges can have a profound impact on one's mental health. Maintaining strong social connections is crucial for nurturing mental health during university. Try to be social and make friends, this is your chance to make friends from all over the world, just step out of your comfort zone! Furthermore, seeking help from campus counselling services can be beneficial for addressing emotional difficulties and building resilience. 

Balancing Studies and Work 

Many university students find part-time jobs to cover their expenses. While this can be very helpful for financial reasons, it can also lead to exhaustion and decreased mental well-being. It's essential for students to strike a balance between work and life, ensuring that they allocate time for relaxation and self-care. Financial planning and budgeting can also alleviate some of the financial pressures, reducing stress and promoting better mental health. It’s also crucial that you keep on top of things because there are people who prioritise work and they are very disorganised with their studies. 

Take Away Thoughts

Nurturing mental health during university years is a multifaceted endeavour that involves managing academic pressures, addressing social and emotional challenges, balancing work and life, coping with transitions, and embracing personal growth. It's essential to recognize that mental health is just as important as academic achievement and that the two are often interconnected. This is what helps you to survive at university. Many universities have mental health support services, offering counselling and resources that are easily accessible to students, if you need them, contact them! Additionally, you should actively seek help when needed and take steps to build a strong support network. During your studies, nurturing mental health is not a sign of weakness but a testament to resilience and self-awareness. It is essential to recognize that mental well-being is crucial for success and overall quality of life during and after university years.

Whether you are looking for support for your own mental health at university or supporting a friend, help is available. 

Hi! I'm Ellen and I'm a third-year university student. I'm writing on this blog to share my experience during university and help freshers.

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