• how being a uni student feels sometimes •
today has been #unimentalhealthday
and as a student who struggles a lot with their mental health, I thought I’d put together 5 simple tips on how to look after your mental health at university:
1. if you’re struggling, tell someone.
anyone. a friend, a family member, a stranger, a doctor, a teacher - anyone. no matter how unnecessary or embarrassing or uncomfortable you feel talking is, it will help to lighten the load a bit. keeping it to yourself will only cause you more pain.
2. allow yourself to have mental health days.
if everything feels like way too much, you are allowed to take a day/week/however long you need off. ask for extensions, recordings, or for friends to send you notes - your lectures and classes and essays can wait; your health is more important.
3. utilise ‘basic self care’.
this might sound like the opposite of the last tip in some ways, but sometimes - when you’re in a real rough patch - it can be helpful to focus on smaller tasks that feel difficult, but are necessary. that can mean eating a meal, drinking water, showering, or sleeping; or sometimes it can mean forcing yourself to go to lectures, revising, or doing something you’ve been putting off. take it at your own pace, but you will thank yourself when it’s done.
4. create routines: morning routines, night routines, study routines, etc.
routines help to create basic frameworks that you can use throughout your day. they also mean that even on your worst mental health days, even if everything else has gone wrong, you still have some basic structure to hold on to. try starting with a morning routine!
5. ask your friends how they are.
everyone struggles at uni, and sometimes just checking in on your friends can make a huge difference. if you have the energy to send your friends a message every once in a while, try to do so - you never know how much a text could help.
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