A bit of self-care while you study can make a real difference in helping keep stress, low mood and anxiety at bay. You might want to try the following:
- Mark out time in your schedule for hobbies, seeing family or friends or even to binge-watch your favourite shows
- Take breaks in your study sessions for breathing exercises. Apps such as HeadSpace or Calm have 5-minute exercises.
- Setting up study circles or chats with your coursemates so you can offer each other support
- Make sure you're getting enough quality sleep
- Read for pleasure, not just for study. Have a look at the Library's Reading for You scheme.
- Head outside for some daylight and interaction with nature, if possible.
Many students will experience stress at some point, but for some, stress tips into anxiety, worry and depression. You may have a pre-existing mental health condition which can have an impact on your studies or you might also have things going on in your personal life outside of university.
Visit Health and Wellbeing to learn more about the self-help resources available and how to access the University counselling and psychotherapy services.
TogetherAll is a community-driven online resouce where you can access self-help materials on a range of mental health topics. It also grants you access to a wide network of peer support where you can anonymously seek advice, ask questions or just express how you're feeling.
Live Well @ Cumbria Blog from the Mental Health and Wellbeing team for tips on looking after your mental health whilst at University.
Self-help Reading List Books to help you work on improving your mental wellbeing, including anxiety, depression and self-esteem.
Helpful links A list of charities and support groups complied by the Mental Health and Wellbeing team