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10 ways to look after your mental health

Saturday 10-10-2020 - 08:00


10 Tips for Better Mental Health

Anyone can make simple changes to positively impact their mental health. Here at the Students' Union, we've come up with ten tips to take care of yourself and get the most out of life.

  1. Talk about your feelings and ask for help: Talking to others about your mental health can seem scary, but you’re not alone. Opening up about your feelings can help you deal with times when your feel troubled. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, come see us at the Advice Centre.
  2. Eat Well: Eating fruit and vegetables and drinking water provides a long lasting positive effect on your mental health.
  3. Drink sensibly: We know Uni and drinking are often put together, but drinking alcohol can have adverse effects on your mood, particularly as it increases feelings of depression and anxiety. 
  4. Make sure you sleep: Sleep can help us rebuild our mental energy. Make sure you’re getting the recommended 6-8 hours per night.
  5. Do good, feel good: Helping others can have a positive impact on your mental health. Visit the SU website to discover what opportunities, on campus and in the community, you can get involved in.
  6. Laugh: A good laugh does wonders for the mind and soul. It makes us able to think more clearly by breaking a cycle of psychological negativity.
  7. Be active: University is about developing yourself as a person, so be active and visit to learn how you can get involved in clubs, societies, volunteering and campaigning.
  8. Exercise: Regular exercise is a natural way to improve mood and reduce anxiety and stress levels.
  9. Keep in touch: Friends and family form the foundation of our ability to cope with the problems that life throws at us. So make sure you devote time to maintaining your relationships– nurture them and if there is a problem, try and resolve it.
  10. Take it easy sometimes and make time to enjoy the finer things in life. If you're struggling make sure you reach out for help, whether you want to get in touch with the SU Advice Centre, talk to someone online at TogetherAll or speak to the Samaritans; there'll always be someone to talk to. 



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