Sadly, we can't all feel great all of the time.
But when you're feeling a little out of sorts there are things you can do to give yourself a boost and put your mind at ease.
Here are a simple few, try them out! Just remember to keep calm and...
- Jog on. Seriously, exercise releases feel-good chemicals which will make you feel more positive - AND it'll help you sleep better, feel fresher and look healthier.
- Stop the shots. Drinking might seem like a good idea to take your mind away from what's bothering you, but it's definitely not the solution. That killer headache and lack of sleep tomorrow won't help either.
- Pet puppies. Some universities use playing with puppies as a way of helping students to de-stress. Alternatively, you could visit a petting zoo?
- Keep in touch. Talking to family and friends will make you feel supported, and might just help you rationalise your issues. It's always helpful to hear a familiar voice.
- Eat healthy. Coffee, chocolates and sugar-coated everything will perk you up for a little while, but water and those 5-a-day will help you feel better for longer. Simple.
- Relax. A 5 minute lay down away from that essay, an hour away from your laptop doing yoga, or even a weekend away at home (or at a spa if you're lucky!) will give that much needed calming feel.
- Techno-no-no. Phone, laptop, iPad - put them down! It's not just technology generally but all of those social media posts and celebs success stories can make you feel rubbish.
- Do something you're good at - or get creative and try something new. A sport, a new recipe, art? Accomplishing something always makes you feel great about yourself and trying something different will give you something else to concentrate on.
- Get organised. Alone time allows a chance to reflect on what's getting you down and gives you time to set up a plan of action to help get things back on track. Decluttering your room and investing in a daily planner will help.
- Forget your troubles come on get happy... by listening to some feel good music! Dance around your room and pump that jam.
Whether it's course struggles, a bad day, or something more serious that's affecting your mental wellbeing, give these a go - and remember your friends and your university are there to help and listen too!