It's University Mental Health Day today and the theme is commUNIty.
A community we're all a part of is The Student Room, so I thought it would be nice if perhaps we could share some tips and advice for managing our mental health at uni
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- 01-03-2018 16:58
- 01-03-2018 17:12
Access all the help you can get. Don't be too proud to admit you're struggling. A lot of universities have very good support for students with MH problems. Often you need a doctor's note to access much of the support but things like counseling anyone can go to. There is Disabled Student Allowance which also is available to students with MH problems - these can be just as much a disability as physical things. Again, don't be too proud. DSA can really help, even with something as simple as a printer so you don't have to trek to the library/computer lab.
- 01-03-2018 17:14
I find that if I choose 1 day of the week and decide that is the day I get my **** together. It helps me feel organised and allows for self-care which I think is so important when it comes to staying mentally healthy. For example, on a Sunday I do my laundry, clean my room, do my shopping, write to do lists, write in my journal, do a face mask or paint my nails, read, do some mindfulness, cook a good meal. Anything that will help u feel better in yourself and that benefits your physical and mental health. I like to do it on Sunday because it gives me a fresh start for the week ahead
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- 01-03-2018 19:07
My top tips would be:
- Reach out to someone the moment you begin realising that you're struggling. There are so many people you can reach out to: family, friends, personal tutors, welfare staff, your GP. Don't wait for things to escalate/snowball before asking for help!
- Make sure you get some kinda fresh air every day if possible. Even just a walk to the shops to buy yourself a snack means you're getting a change of scene
- Try and do something every day that is not study-related, but is something fun and/or relaxing For example: in my second year of uni, my tutorial partners and I instituted a tradition we called The Daily Doss. This was an hour a day where we'd just sit in each other's rooms and sip tea and take time out from essay reading/writing