10th October is Mental Health Awareness Day!
Being a student can be hard work - you have to balance your education, money, fitness, and that hectic social life! Plus added stress of exams and deadlines can be a nightmare.
In support of today, we've put together a list of things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing:
- Take action into your own hands
YOU can take steps to make your life happier. You don't have to start with major changes, either. Start with simple things, like going to bed earlier or choosing nuts over crisps.
- Stop being so hard on yourself
Focus on the good things and don't be afraid to look yourself in the mirror and say 'You're pretty awesome.'
- Keep your time balanced
It's tough trying to balance well, life, but it is crucial to your health to find one. Have you been revising for 5 hours now? Go for a run or get some dinner with your friends.
DCU Support & Development have regular workshops to help you manage your study and leisure time in the busy university environment!
- Treat yo' self
Don't go splurging on material things. Do go on holiday or get together for dinner with your friends. An experience is something that you will always carry with you and give you feelings of happiness.
- Show some gratitude
Send people thank you cards, get your mum flowers; show them you appreciate them. Showing gratitude for someone (and even for what you have) helps boost happiness.
- Exercise regularly
There's no getting around it, exercise is important. Whether you work out for 7 minutes 5 days a week or two hours twice a week, you'll feel better, increase your energy levels and reduce tension.
DCU sport has a huge range of activities you can get involved in or why not join a sports society?
- Get some fresh air
Being in the great outdoors, feeling the wind in your hair and the grass between your toes will make you feel more connected to the earth and its energy, boosting your health and happiness. We have plenty of green spaces on all campuses so make sure to make the most of these!
- Challenge yourself
Stimulating your brain and challenging yourself = satisfaction. Making small goals for yourself also gives a sense of meaning, direction and focus to your life.
- Help others
Don't be afraid to hold a door open for a stranger, speak to the homeless, or help a friend study. Everyone has a story worth telling, all you have to do is listen. It will benefit both of you in the end.
Use this guide to take your mental health into your own hands. Do more than just survive - aim to thrive with good mental health!
If you need any advice or support, be sure to seek help from the DCU Student Advice Centre. They can provide you with lots of support on various aspects of student life.