There are lots of things that you can do to stay mentally healthy and help you cope when you have a bad day:
- Exercise or a walk can burn off stress and anxiety and help to lift your mood. It’s also great for getting a good night’s sleep.
- Getting outside into some green space can produce feelings of wellbeing. See the MIND website for the evidence.
- Relax by taking a break, having a bath or doing some meditation. The Be Mindful website has information on meditation and free online courses.
- Meet friends, play music or join a club. There are over 200 clubs or societies to search on the Students' Union website.
- Volunteering can be good for your mental health as well as your CV. Visit the Student Volunteer Centre website.
- Eat regular healthy meals including fruit and vegetables. Try to cut down on fatty, salty and sugary foods. The BBC good foodwebsite has more information on healthy eating to boost brainpower.
- Alcohol and drugs tend to make problems worse. Visit the Last Orders website if you need help or information on alcohol. For drugs awareness advice and support, please visit the Chill Out website.
Everyone has ups and downs with how they feel and being a student can be a stressful time.
Fitting in, deadlines for coursework and exam stress can all take their toll on your mental health. This may be the first time you have lived in a city or had to do things for yourself.
International students may also have to deal with homesickness, culture shock and a lot more language to learn. Visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website for translated leaflets.
1 in 4 people have a mental health problem at some time in their life. Several famous faces have been open about their mental health problems such as Stephen Fry, Gok Wan and Marcus Trescothick. Visit the Time to Change website which aims to challenge stigma and discrimination around mental health.
You may have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Visit Rethink or MIND's websites for more information and support.