As we move out of lockdown and are able to do more, you might be feeling happy and excited but it’s also possible that you’re feeling anxious about these changes. It’s completely normal to feel stressed at times like these, especially with the pressure of exams and assignments at this time of year.
With this in mind, we’ve put together 10 top tips for looking after your physical and mental health:
Create a calming environment – this may help to improve your wellbeing, in addition to helping you to stay focused when studying. Check out what interior therapist Roynon has to say about the topic, as well as her top tips for decluttering.
Take a break – allow yourself to really relax every now and then. This article from Save the Student lists 19 free or budget friendly self-care activities.
Listen to a podcast – one recommended by students is ‘The Happiness Half Hour’ where the hosts discuss how to hack your happiness by using simple strategies proven by science! You can listen to it on the BBC Sounds website
Get moving – if you want to get moving more, but you have too much on your watchlist, check out ‘Netflex and Sweat’. It’s a Chrome extension which will coach you through simple bodyweight exercises in the corner of your screen.
Check in with your thoughts – take time to check in with yourself to figure out your recent thoughts and feelings. Dr Radha shares her top tips on how we can keep our minds and bodies healthy, along with some questions to help us identify our situation.
Sign up to Togetherall – as an EHU student, you have free access to Togetherall which is a safe online community to support your mental health. Visit www.togetherall.com to find out more.
Eat well – did you know that your diet can affect your mental wellbeing? This article explains how the food you eat can affect your mental health and offers tips on how you can improve it!
Stay mindful – the BBC has launched a toolkit for the mind called ‘Headroom’ where they have pulled together resources such as mindful tips and mood mixes. They have some great stuff, check it out here.
Get enough sleep – ensuring we have enough sleep allows us to manage any negative thoughts and emotions, as well as providing us with the energy to tackle anything. Check out these tips that may help you improve your sleep.
Get some fresh air – have you ever tried out a mindful walk? It’s where you meditate while on a walk! Try this meditation next time you take a stroll.
Remember, the Wellbeing team are on hand if you need support and they also have a wide range of self-help resources on their website.