As a student mental health can often be an afterthought, it can be easy to get caught up in the overwhelming demands of academics, extracurricular activities, and social obligations. While it’s important to challenge yourself and strive for success, it’s equally important to prioritize your mental health. Let’s normalise talking about Mental Health, remove the stigma and care for one another. You never know what someone is going through and often the loudest are the ones most in need of some support!
Here are five tips to help you take care of your mind while you’re tackling your studies:
It’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly working and feeling like you should be doing more. But it’s crucial to take breaks and set boundaries for yourself. This could mean setting limits on the number of hours you spend studying each day, taking time to unplug from your devices, or setting aside time for leisure activities or self-care.
In this social and highly technological day and age it is often very important to set digital boundaries as well as physical boundaries. Digital Boundary-setting tools can be used set boundaries around your work and personal time can be crucial for maintaining a healthy balance. This could mean setting limits on the hours you work each day, turning off notifications outside of work hours, or setting aside dedicated time for leisure and self-care.
Try setting a ‘do not disturb’ mode on your phone between certain hours. While working use dedicated apps like: “Forest” app, this app helps you stay focused on the important things in life. Whenever you want to stay focused, plant a tree. Your tree will grow while you focus on your work. If you leave the app halfway, your tree to die meaning you will have to plant another tree and lose your progress.
Whether you’re struggling with a specific problem or just feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to have a support system in place. This could be a trusted friend or family member, a counsellor or therapist, or a student support centre on campus. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.
… as we said above, sometimes venting about the problem will help you gain some clarity whether it is a family member or a Uni friend. Leaning on them can really help relieve some of the internal stresses you’re going through. Often there is dedicated help in your University which most students are unaware of, during our primary research over 90% of students said they were unaware of the help available to them in their University.
At UniWOM, we are working on creating a segment within the UniWOM app where students can find all available support to them: within their Universities, their local area and nationwide support! If you would like some Student Money Tips check out a Blog we posted about that here…
Self-care is more than just indulging in bubble baths and face masks (although those can be great too). It’s about taking the time to care for your physical and emotional well-being. Make sure to eat well, get enough sleep, and find ways to manage stress. Here are a few self-care tips that we recommend incorporating into your daily routines to help manage and maintain your mental well-being:
Try and Incorporate some of these into your daily routine, be patient and stick with them. These o help reduce stress and increase your overall well-being
It’s important to find a balance between work and play. Don’t neglect your social life or hobbies just because you have a lot of assignments. Make time for the things that bring you joy and give you a break from the demands of school. When striving to find balance start here:
Remember, it’s important to find a balance that works for you and your specific needs and priorities. Don’t be afraid to try out different tools and techniques until you find what works best for you.
If you’re struggling with mental health or feel like you’re unable to cope, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. It’s completely normal to need extra support at times, and there is no shame in seeking the assistance of a trained mental health professional.
Remember, your mental health is just as important as your academic success. By taking care of yourself and seeking support when you need it, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of student life and achieve your goals.
If you’re struggling, having a bad day or have had one recently try and implement some of these tips into your daily routine. Let’s remove the stigma around the topic of Mental Health and make it a priority for Students and young people around the UK. Feeling overwhelmed and in a rut make sure to take a step back and go outdoors, get some fresh air, go to the GYM or speak with a friend.
Try deleting social media and detoxing from it. Social media evokes comparison and a wise man/lady once said comparison is the thief of joy. In concluding this article all I can say is to be kind to yourself and to others, prioritise yourself and your mental well-being and look after yourself!
Love from, UniWOM! <3