How to get through uni when you're battling with your mental health
Mental health is a very complex topic that lots of young people shy away from discussing.
Mental health can affect our everyday life from the way we think, feel and act.
Here are a number of things you can do to help you when you're battling with your mental health whilst you're at university.
1. Make use of counsellors at university
They are able to help everyone, you just need to make the first step to contact them. You can do this by getting in touch with the student services team at your university.
2. Stay active
Students are often stereotyped as lazy and you might be guilty of not being as active as you were before starting university, but this doesn't have to be the case; many gyms and fitness centres offer discounts to get students in the gym. Psychologists have found a direct link between the amount of exercise performed and the risk of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. So, staying active not only gives you a healthy body, but it also gives you a healthy mind.
3. Get plenty of sleep
This third tip is really important and is usually the thing that most students will neglect—sleep. Sleep deprivation has many side effects: it will affect your studies, your personal life, and your energy levels. Increased stress levels have been associated with a lack of good quality sleep. It's recommended that you get around seven hours of sleep, but you should aim for nine hours of sleep every night.
4. Stay away from negative/toxic people
During your time at university, you will meet lots of people. Some of them won't have your best interests in mind, so you should try to learn how to become a good judge of character so you can surround yourself with individuals who empower you and bring out the best in you. Scientists say you are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with.
5. Talk about what's bothering you with people you trust
Bottling everything up until you reach the breaking point is a recipe for disaster. When you're battling with your mental health, you should confide in your close friends and family members in order to get things off your chest and make you realise you are not alone. Also, your university will also be very understanding if you tell them about any issues that might affect your deadlines ahead of time. If you feel swamped by assignments and your mental health is suffering you have the option to apply for extenuating circumstances to provide you with more time to complete submissions.
You are not alone, and we all go through rough patches. We are only as good as how we deal with our problems.