In the lead-up to Mental Health Awareness Week student blogger Frankie reflects on recognising that we all need to look after ourselves.
Plus, UC Health Centre and the RecCentre have teamed up to provide great links – tool kits for taking time for you.
Us students have a lot going on in our lives. Alongside study, many of us are working and trying to balance friends and family. When it’s all getting a bit much, there are some things you can do to look after yourself which may seem simple but can make a surprising
difference in your mental wellbeing.
Exercise is not only good for you physically, but also mentally. Ever left the gym feeling better than when you went in? It’s a chemical reaction. Exercising releases dopamine, the brain chemical which makes you feel happy. Take some time to work out in the Rec Centre
or try taking a walk on your study breaks.
Eating well is another thing which will help both your physical and mental health. Energy drinks and instant noodles might be the quintessential student diet but unsurprisingly it’s not the best for you. The better fuel you put in your body the better results you’ll get out of it. you might be surprised by the difference.
Sleep might fall by the wayside during student life, but it’s vital your brain is given the time to rest and rejuvenate if you want to really feel your best. With deadlines coming up you might feel like you need constantly be studying, but if you take the time to get your eight hours you’ll find your study more productive than powering through with caffeine.
While all these things can help you to keep on top of your mental health, sometimes it can feel like nothing is making a difference. Maybe even these thing are becoming a struggle. If this is the case, consider reaching out and seeking professional help.
Where to get support
Student Care team The offers practical advice for your wellbeing and success as a UC student.
UC’s Health Centre offers counselling services to all students and you can also get referrals through your doctor.
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666