Mindful Uni Life: Taking Care of Your Mental Health at uni
By Rebecca Maher on November 3rd, 2023
Name: Samya Slaeh
Living at: Cityside, Leeds
The demands of university can be challenging. A rollercoaster involving balancing assignments, exams and occasional all nighters to meet deadlines. Thus, it is VITAL you remember to take care of your mental health at uni. Here are ways you can just do that.
Feeling overwhelmed? It’s time to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Journaling is your secret weapon for self- reflection and personal growth. Start by jotting down your thoughts, goals, and worries. It’s like having a conversation with yourself, and trust us, it’s liberating.
You deserve a break! Make it a point to schedule ‘Me’ days where you can unwind and indulge in your favourite hobbies. Whether it’s reading, painting, gaming, or dancing, take time for fills you with gratitude, happiness, and laughter.
Studying in a new city is an adventure waiting to happen. Don’t get lost in the textbooks. Grab your walking shoes, take a stroll, and explore the hidden gems and cosy cafes. Exploring new areas can be refreshing, and it’s a great way to break the tediousness studying can bring.
Friends are an invaluable support system. Making sure to not isolate yourself when you’re in need but instead when comfortable reaching out to those close to you, a casual chat or a deep conversation can work wonders for your mental well-being.
Exercise is a great way to cope with stress. Whether it’s yoga, running, or joining a sports club, moving your body can release built-up tension and boost those feel-good endorphins. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to stay fit!
Most universities have fantastic mental health resources. Don’t hesitate to reach out to counselors or support services if you’re feeling overwhelmed. There’s no shame in asking for help, and it’s a sign of strength, not weakness.
Taking care of your mental health in university is vital. It not only ensures you’re in the right headspace for studying but also sets the stage for lifelong well-being. So, whether it’s scribbling in your journal, embarking on city adventures, or just catching up with friends, prioritize your mental health at uni. Higher education can be a fabulous journey, so taking care of your mental well-being makes the ride even more enjoyable.