For many students, the journey through university is an exciting and transformative experience filled with new friends, fresh opportunities and the promise of a bright future. However, it can also be an incredibly challenging time that can take a toll on your mental health.
To prevent mental health problems from getting between you and your university experience, here are five tips for finding the balance between academic demands and the student party culture, and looking after your wellbeing:
1. Set realistic goals
Break your academic and personal goals down into manageable steps. This makes them feel less daunting and more achievable.
2. Get organised
A well organised schedule can help reduce stress and prevent last minute cramming. Remember to schedule in time to do things you enjoy around your university timetable too. This is important in keeping yourself well and balanced.
3. Stay connected with family, friends and classmates
You might want to isolate yourself if you’re feeling low, worried or hopeless, but try your best not to. Engage with friends and classmates, or join student clubs. Social support is crucial for maintaining mental wellbeing.
4. Be open and honest about how you’re feeling
Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling. Feeling supported and cared for by others is unbelievably important in feeling well, and by reaching out, you will most likely find that others feel very similar to how you do.
5. Understand what support is available to you
There are many different individuals and organisations who can offer you mental health support at university. Find out what’s available to you, and if possible, put this support in place when things are going well.
If you’re a student living in Portsmouth and you’re struggling with your mental health, our Wellbeing and Peer Support could be for you.
Our Wellbeing and Peer Support brings together people who’ve had similar experiences to help each other through 1:1 support, workshops around managing wellbeing, support groups, social inclusion and outreach support.
Many students find that meeting others with experience of mental health difficulties helps them feel less alone, and it makes it easier to talk about their own mental wellbeing.
For more information about Portsmouth Wellbeing and Peer Support, including how to refer yourself, visit this page.
To view all of Solent Mind’s services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight, visit ‘Our services’ page.
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