World Mental Health Day

We know coming to university after the summer break can be hard and daunting. You go from a pretty chill couple of months, to having deadlines thrown at you like confetti. We understand, we do.

That’s why at the Advice Centre we want you to always feel supported and have a safe space to come to. While the University offers a range of Wellbeing Services, we are an alternative, independent and confidential service with trained mental health first aiders.

We’ve compiled a list of useful tips to help you look after yourself and your mental health during this first term.

Give yourself time and make a plan

Take time to look at your deadline schedule and plan accordingly. Consider where your strengths and weaknesses are, not only between different modules but also the topics within these.

Allocate your time so that you feel as confident as you can across the board! Make the most of CEDAS resources when planning and studying.

Stay Hydrated

There’s always free water in jugs at the SU bar. The adult body is about 60% water, and insufficient hydration can have an adverse effect on how our brain and body functions.

Social media

Particularly if you’re trying to get on with your work, only allow yourself to check your social media platforms during breaks. Instagram stories are not revision flash cards, the app won’t dissolve if you’re not on it for an afternoon.

Social media can sometimes make you feel like you’re not doing as much as other people, or perhaps like you’re not juggling everything as well as other people. Offtime is an app that limits social media time on your smartphone, which enables you to control how much you use your phone by tracking it in real time and scheduling timeouts to help you break through.

Check in with yourself

Yes, you have a ton of work to do, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t or can’t take time out to do something just for yourself that you enjoy.

Ask for help

If you find yourself stuck when you’re looking over your notes, ask for help. There’s no shame in it whatsoever. You’ll only stress yourself out further by concentrating on the fact that you don’t understand something and your notes aren’t helping you.

This could be a Personal Tutor, family or a friend – they might even be going through the same as you! If you’re struggling with stress, you can make an appointment with the University’s Counselling Service. The SU Academic Advisor can help you apply for extenuating circumstances and advise around extensions too.

Sometimes simply taking a walk outside where there is fresh air and you can step away from distractions can help too, and we have SUCH a beautiful campus and grounds to enjoy!

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to looking after your mental health, but there are people you can talk to that can help you find your way of coping.

Every student is entitled to use our Advice Centre at the SU. As mentioned above, we are a private and confidential service offering impartial advice. You can get in touch with us below. Alternatively you can book an appointment via the Students’ Union Helpdesk either in person or by calling 01784 276700.

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