Mental wellbeing can differ person to person, day-to-day so it’s important to recognise the signs and how to handle things when you’re not feeling great. As it’s World Mental Health Day and because every mind matters, we’re sharing steps you can take to be kind to your mind.
Address your stress
Life is full of stresses. From day to day worries about money or exams, to big life changing events – such as global pandemics – everyone’s filter is different. No matter the size of the issue, understanding what causes us stress and taking action to manage our stress levels is a key part of looking after our wellbeing. When it goes unaddressed for too long, stress can trigger mental and health issues, so it’s important to acknowledge the source head on, as soon as you can.
Take time for yourself
Whether this means socialising, concentrating on your physical wellbeing, or dedicating time to a therapeutic activity, it’s important to nourish your lifestyle with personal care. During busy periods of studies, or work there may be aspects that feel neglected, or it can feel as though there simply isn’t enough time to cram everything in. The key is balance, and not to put too much pressure on yourself if you’re feeling overworked. Remember a bit of down-time can often spark new levels of productivity!
Get a change of scenery
Getting fresh air and a much-needed break from your studies can help clear the mind. If you’re finding things overwhelming, going back home to family and friends could help. If the simple comfort of being in a familiar space will help, there’s no shame in going for a while to recharge your batteries. Cleaning and decluttering your room/workspace when possible can also help in having a clearer mind.
Rest, sleep, dream repeat
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough. Sleep improves productivity and concentration and reduces stress and anxiety. Are you a light sleeper? The right sleep environment can make a huge difference, everyone has their own preference but it’s generally easier to drop off when it’s cool, dark and quiet. Can’t switch off? If you often lie awake worrying, set aside time before bed to make a to-do list for the next day – this can be a good way to put your mind at rest.
Find a method of communication that feels right for you. This might be a face-to-face conversation, text, or talking on the phone with someone you trust. The little things can make a big difference. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious, help is always available. Student Minds has set up Student Space to offer support, online and over the phone.