Self-care for Students

Self-care for Students

Consider these simple ways to support your mental wellbeing.  

Posted 7th October 2020 at 1:23pm
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On top of your academic studies, any part-time work to finance your time at university, and your social commitments, self-care can feel like an extra chore.

If you’re anxious about meeting new people, it can be hard to reach out. If you’re on edge, mindful colouring might just make you feel silly. If you’re feeling worn down, rolling out a mat to do half an hour of yoga every morning might be a chair pose too far.

Despite what the internet tells us, self-care isn't a magic formula. During such an unusual academic year, it is natural to feel off balance.

Don’t over-think it. Consider these simple ways to support your mental wellbeing.  

 

  1. Stay Connected

Isolation is one of the most often cited reasons for dropping out of university. Keeping in contact with people we trust and sharing common interests is important for our mental wellbeing. Although a lot of our student groups are meeting virtually this year, they are still keen to meet you. You can check out our virtual and physical meet and greets here.

 

  1. Be prepared

Know where to access help should you need it.

The GKSU Wellbeing page links to the mental health support for Kent and Greenwich. If your problems are financial, your university may be able to offer hardship funding for Kent students and Greenwich students.

Don’t suffer in silence. If you think you might need to apply for support, check out your options early.

 

  1. Do good

Doing good does you good. Especially this year, follow government and local guidance to protect yourself and be supportive to others.

If you would like to give back to the community, then we particularly recommend some virtual volunteering which can be done from the comfort and safety of your own room. Check out the opportunities here.

Try to amplify positive and hopeful stories in the community and around the world.

 

  1. Look after your body

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At university, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy rhythms as you work to fit everything into your schedule.

Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and keep to a regular sleeping pattern. For inspiration, check out our What’s On and regular virtual fitness classes you can try.

 

  1. Keep learning

The most important thing is to do things you enjoy. This might look different for everyone.

Try to minimise watching, reading or listening to the news or scrolling through social media if it makes you anxious or upset.

If you cannot take part in your usual hobby, due to restrictions, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new.

Learning a new skill or taking part in a new group can give you an entirely new outlook.

 

If you are struggling with your mental health, consider looking into Togetherall, an entirely free and entirely online platform providing 24/7 support to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. You are not alone.

 

Extra resources:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html