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University is an exciting and new experience for most students but it can also come with stress and worries. It is important to look after your mental health to ensure you are happy and do well in your degree.
The best way to look after your mental health:
- Exercise - boost your mood and keep active
- Rest - try to establish a good sleep pattern – not too little or too much. Aim for at least seven hours sleep per night
- Relax - identify what helps you relax and make time for it
- Socialising, hobbies and interests - find time to make and see friends and family. Surround yourself with the people who care about you.
- Food and Mood - eat well and drink sensibly
- Talk about your feelings
- Accept who you are - Everyone is different, if we weren't it would be a very boring world to live in.
- Ask for help - Everyone gets tired and feels overwhelmed from time to time. Just ask for help when it happens.
Physical activity can reduce depression and anxiety, and increase self-confidence. It also releases ‘feel good’ hormones that make you want to be even more active. So whether it's a short walk, joining a sports society or doing a spring clean it can help take your mind off your worries and you won't even notice that you are exercising.
How do you feel?
You don't have to always feel happy it's normal to have 'ups' and 'downs'. The problem comes when it affects your day-to-day life. Why not take this Mood self-assessment created by the NHS. If you find that you are struggling with your mental health make sure you talk to a professional, just talking to someone about your mental health can feel like a step in the right direction to feeling happier.
Mental Health Support
- Keele University Counselling & Mental Health - Talk to a trained counsellor or mental health specialist
- Keele Practice - Talk to a GP if you have been feeling low for more than a few days.
- British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - Find a therapist near you
- Student Minds - the UKs Student Mental Health Charity
- Students against depression
- Prevention of young suicide
- Eating disorder support
- Create happiness