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Maintaining good mental health

Friday 28 June 2013 Student Mental Health

Ensuring that you look after yourself properly while juggling studies, social life and other commitments such as paid employment or caring responsibilities can be one of the biggest challenges of your University career, particularly if you’re living away from home for the first time.

It’s important to prioritise your health and wellbeing as keeping fit, active and in good health can help to enable you to manage the rest of your responsibilities and experts believe that spending a little time looking after yourself can drastically improve your productivity, energy and attitude. Despite this, looking after ourselves can be one of the first things we let slide when things get hectic.

Going to university can be a very difficult time with many new challenges and demands on your time. It is important to work on developing skills to manage your stress to establish what works for you and how to keep yourself on track. However, it is also vital that you seek support if you’re feeling under pressure rather than suffering in silence.

For students suffering with depression or other stress or anxiety related disorders, there should also be support available  within your institution to assist you in coping with your studies. This may be available in the form of counselling services, disability support or there may be workshops available on how to deal with particular kinds of stress and emotional strain. You should be able to find out more about this either through your institution’s website or information materials, or by talking to a trusted member of staff at the institution or students’ union.