Studying at university can be stressful at the best of times. From the never-ending deadlines to the struggle of waking up for that dreaded 9am, it is easy to become anxious at uni.
Whether its balancing your work and social life, exercising regularly, or surrounding yourself with good people, finding a way to maintain your mental health at university is vital. If you’re a fresher, 2nd year or final year student, here’s some tips to help you maintain a healthy mindset.
1. Look after your body
Amongst all the partying and deadlines, it can be easy to neglect yourself physically whilst at university. But looking after your body is key to maintaining a stable mental health. So, remember to:
- Exercise regularly
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat healthy (unfortunately pizza every night isn’t going to do you any favours)
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol
2. Surround yourself with good people
Having and maintaining strong friendships whilst at university is will make you feel happier. Make time for your friends. Go to the cinema, for dinner, gym or study together. If you struggle to make friends initially, try joining clubs or societies to meet people who share the same interests as you.
3. Seek out help when you need it
9 times out of 10 your university will have an on-campus counsellor. If you feel that you need someone to talk to or things are simply stressing you out, seek help.
4. Get involved
University is the perfect place to get stuck in and try new things. Take a look at the societies, sports clubs and activities throughout your first year. Join something new; you never know, you might not only make heaps or friends but also find a new passion.
5. Try to avoid staying in your room all day
It can be easy to sit in your room after a long day of lectures, however, constantly locking yourself away and binging Netflix can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Even if it’s just going out for a walk or going to chill in the communal areas, try and get out of your room as much as possible.
6. Be organised
It’s no mystery that when you’re not organised, you’re more prone to stress. Try using a diary to keep track of all the things you need to do. Don’t forget to prioritise!
7. Find a healthy work and social balance
Yes, studying is important. But, try to not spend all of your time with your head in a book. Maintaining a healthy balance between your university work and social life is crucial for good mental health. Not to mention, uni is a time to go out and make memories, sober or not!
8. Set realistic goals
Make a list of what you hope to achieve academically, professionally and personally. Aim high, but stay realistic and don’t over stretch yourself.