Saturday 10th October is #WorldMentalHealthDay and this year it is more important than ever to prioritise your mental wellbeing. Here are a few simple ideas of thing you can do to help look after your own mental health that can help clear your mind and alleviate stress.
- Go for a walk
Whenever I am feeling down I always prioritise getting outside in the fresh air as this can really help to clear your mind. Going for a walk (or a run if you prefer!) can really help us appreciate the little things around us and give us a break from any other worries we may have at that time. Ipswich has lots of wonderful outdoor spaces to escape to so take advantage of the beautiful greenery and wildlife that is around.
I’ve mentioned the importance of meditation before but it is another great way to clear your head and focus on yourself for a little bit of time. We are all so busy in our every-day lives so taking some time to yourself is such a needed but often disregarded element of our lives. You are so important so setting time aside to meditate can help us to stop and realign our priorities can make a big impact on how we feel.
- Make a to do list
This might seem like an odd choice for this list but being a student can sometimes feel really overwhelming so making a to do list can really help to prioritise tasks and tick off a few things each day. For me organising my tasks and slowly seeing them being completed is a huge relief and helps alleviate some of the worries I have surrounding different deadlines.
- Call a friend or family member
Moving to uni can at times be a lonely experience but it doesn’t have to be. There is always someone there to talk to whether it’s a friend, family member, or even someone from the university. Don’t under estimate the importance of talking to someone, which can feel tricky especially with remote lectures so make sure to prioritise some physical or virtual contact a few times a week.
Don’t forget how important it is to look after yourself and make yourself a priority because you are so important! If you need someone to reach out to then please get in contact with the university or your SU because you never have to be alone.