Student mental health: how to maintain it

Today, there is a greater awareness of the importance of mental health than ever before. Taking care of oneself can be challenging. Is there a place to start? The following steps can provide students with guidance during tough times.

Meditating with apps

If you’re feeling stressed by university life and want a simple way to relax, try meditation or mindfulness exercises. You can utilize free apps such as Headspace, Simple Habit, and Oak to develop the skill of focusing and redirecting your thoughts.

The best way to prepare for meditation is to breathe slowly and deeply.

Anxiety usually causes one to breathe more rapidly and shallowly.

Put your hand behind your belly button, directly behind your belly button. Make sure you inhale deeply every time.

Your lower lungs should be filled with air. Fully inflated lungs push the stomach outward as the diaphragm muscle retracts. Your hand should be able to lift a little on your tummy if you are able to do this. You won’t notice the benefits right away, so don’t worry if you don’t see them right away.

Stress can be reduced, anxiety can be decreased, sleep can be improved, and attention span can be increased by meditation and breathing exercises.

You should take a nap

Sleep deprivation has been linked to anxiety and depression. According to Harvard Medical School researchers, good sleep helps build mental and emotional resilience, while chronic sleep disruption creates a climate for negative thinking and emotional instability. Sleep is often lost when students socialize and study at the same time.

Sleep, however, is essential for learning, memory, and mental acuity. Be sure to turn off your screens before going to bed. Even if you don’t need eight hours of sleep, the goal is a good one. Blue light from your phone, tablet, or laptop can make you sleepy, so you shouldn’t check social media or email in bed.

Get active

Even if you feel a bit sluggish, it is still important to exercise. Dr. Alan Cohen, a GP who specializes in mental health, explains that any form of exercise is beneficial, such as walking with your dogs. As long as it is done regularly. When you do not enjoy exercising, it is difficult to motivate yourself to do it regularly. Our bodies release endorphins when we exercise which act as their own antidepressants. A mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin is also released during a workout. You can try a fitness workout from Fitness Blender: Fightmaster Yoga if you do not feel like going out.

Services provided by an advisory firm

Students at the University can access counseling services. Even though you will be exploring new things most of the time at university, there may be times when you need assistance. Any difficulty you’re having can be discussed confidentially with a trained professional. It is sometimes easier to do this with someone who isn’t a friend or family member. Under Health & Wellbeing, students will find the counseling service under the Student Hub on Elite. You can find information about free counseling and therapy through search engines even if you’re not a student.

All of us are together

Together All is the only online mental health service that provides 24/7 clinical moderation and is completely anonymous.No matter where you are or what time of day (or night) it is, you can log in within five minutes. There is peer support, self-guided exploration, and one-to-one online therapy available. A monthly subscription is available to anyone for a fee at some institutions, but students at some institutions receive it for free.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating foods rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, protein, and fatty acids can help you improve your mental health. Maintain a steady blood sugar level by eating regularly. You should drink plenty of water, eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and limit your intake of alcohol (since it rapidly depresses your mood).

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