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All About You: Looking after your mental health while studying


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This post is part of our All About You series, focusing on wellbeing at university. 

Being at uni, college, and school can be pretty fun; the social life, friends, independence, and even classes can make it all feel worthwhile. But sometimes we go through difficult times, especially around exams and when assignments are due in. It’s so important to look after our mental health at all times, even when we’re studying. To help you out, here’s some of my tips for looking after your mental health while studying.

Seek help when you need it

You don’t always know when you’re stressed, or maybe you think it’s how everyone feels. But no matter how stressed, upset, or difficult you’re finding your studies, it’s always important to talk to someone. Whether it’s your friends or parents, they can help you to find the right help. Sharing your worries with someone is the first step to feeling better. Make time to also check in on your friends and see how they're doing, especially during exam season.

Universities, colleges and schools also offer lots of support services, so talk to your tutors or Student Services who can point you in the right direction. It’s good for them to understand how you’re doing and provide you with extra help if you need it.

Find something you enjoy

We can’t spend all our time studying; you need to do something you enjoy to relax and unwind. Think about starting a new sport, society or hobby. Whatever you chose to do, find something to do every day as a break and find some time for yourself. 

This is especially important around exams and deadlines to destress, refresh your mind and check in with yourself and others. 

Keep up to date

Sometimes we get stressed because we’re behind on our work and it’s easily done. Organise your time so that you stay up-to-date on what you’re meant to be doing. If you’re struggling with a certain topic, talk to your tutor; they are very understanding and can help you get back on track. Once you tackle your to-do-list, you will start to feel less stressed.

If you need any help, guidance or support during your studies, please take a look at the services our Student Support team offers and have a chat with one of the team. They are there to support you throughout your time at university (even in the holidays) and they offer confidential and impartial advice. 

Take a look at our Stress Awareness blog post for more help and tips.

Photo by Lina Trochez on Unsplash

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