5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MIND HEALTHY
While it is definitely important to keep ourselves well physically when considering our health, we must also remember our mental health. Many students find that the changing seasons can affect them, with less hours of sunlight leading to issues like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is especially important right now, with the added stress of COVID, to check in with yourself and seek help if you feel that you need it. Here are just a few tips of how to keep a track on your mental wellbeing this winter.
Treat your body well
You cannot expect your body to be well if you don’t treat it well. Try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet by making sure you get enough vitamins and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Remember all the things that your parents told you before you left home (and that you rolled your eyes at)! Get enough sleep, don’t eat rubbish all the time and don’t drown your liver in alcohol. The first step to a healthy mind can be a healthy body.
Talk to friends
It sounds incredibly simple but one of the most important things to do is simply to talk about your emotion and problems with people that you trust. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can be a weight off your shoulders and prevent you from feeling that you are bottling things up inside. Also don’t forget to have a giggle and appreciate the funny things in life, which can help to alleviate stress and improve your mood.
If your friends feel that you may need further help then they may be able to help direct you to more specialist services.
Exercise can not only help you to keep fit but is a proven method of improving your mental wellbeing. Studies show that exercise can raise your self-esteem, make you feel more productive and raise endorphin levels, which can help to positively change your mood. Choose any activity that you like, whether that is running, swimming, rugby or even yoga. Enjoy being active and, if possible, try and get your friends involved as well. That way you can be motivate each other when you’re feeling lazy.
Do the things that you love
When we are feeling emotionally low it can be difficult to force yourself to do things. With the added pressure of uni and daily life you might feel like you just want to chill on your free days. However, making the effort to engage can be worth it! Go to that singing group and raise your spirits, or simply go on that adventure outside and soak in some vitamin D. Concentrating on something that you love is also a great way to help you forget your stresses for a while and change your mood.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Why not give yourself a little time each day to switch off your whirring brain and have a little peace. Morning, midday or evening, whatever time is best for you. Relax for five or ten minutes and appreciate what is going on inside of you. You can do this in silence if you would like or listen to or read a guided meditation.
What’s happening inside your body can often be just as important as what is happening outside. Remember to care of yourself and hopefully these tips will leave you feeling happier and healthier.
If you feel that you need professional help please talk to your GP or get in touch with your student wellbeing service.
By Ilona Cabral
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