The value of good and solid mental health is now more universally acknowledged than it has ever been. However, it can be challenging to know where to begin when it comes to self-care. We wanted to give a few ideas and tips on how students can make proactive efforts to protect their mental health during difficult times.
Focus on what you're eating🥦
The first and most important pro-tip for students living in student accommodation in Bristol, Manchester and other busy student hubs in the UK who want to enhance their mental health, is to develop the habit of consuming the correct foods and properly replenishing their bodies. More studies relating diet to mental health are released every year. Poor diets and unhealthy eating habits may certainly harm your physical health, which can subsequently negatively affect your mental health, but terrible food can also make you feel worse. Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet that is rich in fats, fibre and minerals can help you manage stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your memory and feel better overall.
Get proper sleep😴
Sleep deprivation has been related to mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
It's easy for students to light the torch at both ends and miss out on sleep between socialising and studying. Getting a good night's sleep, on the other hand, is critical for learning, memory and mental resilience. Although not everyone requires a full eight hours of sleep, it is an excellent goal to strive for. And don't forget to put those screens away before going to bed because the blue light generated by phones, tablets and computers has a poor influence on sleep quality – so avoid browsing social media or emails in bed.
Being active and exercising consistently is one of the most significant ideas on our list for improving mental health in students. Certainly, our routine has grown a little sluggish since Covid-19. Students are now required to sit for long periods of time in front of screens, computers, laptops and other electronic devices. All of these habits are not only harming students' physical health, but they are also harming their emotional health. Food and sleep, as well as exercise and other types of activity, have an impact on both your body and mind. Sports, long walks, yoga, going to the gym or jogging may all help you decrease tension and anxiety while also enhancing your self-esteem.
Get some sun!🌞
This is a relatively modest suggestion for improving student mental health. We cannot say this enough, but sunlight elevates serotonin, a hormone that can help boost your mood, create feelings of calm and improve your focus. Spend daily time outside soaking up the energising beams of sunlight to help relieve grief, anxiety, and worry.
Don't be too hard on yourself🫂
Placing blame on oneself, overthinking a problem, filtering the positive moments out of a circumstance, valuing perfectionism, and so on are all examples of negative self-talk. Reframe your thoughts and treat yourself with love instead of listening to that cynical voice in your brain. Positive and constructive self-talk has been shown in studies to reduce sadness, tension, and pain while also improving mental and physical health.
And finally… live well!
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Author's Bio: Anannya Chaudhary is a writer living in Gurgaon, India. As soon as the clock strikes the very last working minute of her office hours, you will find her on the way to her favourite food stall, brimming with excitement and joy to devour a plate of her beloved chicken momos. You could classify her as that one annoying friend who makes you cry if you resist them dragging you to the dance floor!
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