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Being a student can be hectic, meeting deadlines, worrying about money, noisy neighbours keeping you awake.

We all need some calm in our lives, and  making time for ourselves will actually be beneficial for your studies.

There are lots of ways to find calm:

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

NHS Guide to yoga

Meditation

Various studies have made connections between meditation, and mindfulness techniques, with:

  1. Better management of stress, anxiety and depression
  2. Better sleep
  3. Improvement in happiness and general wellbeing

 

There are lots of meditation classes available across the UK and a wide range of mobile apps to support your meditation and mindfulness. Our Psychological Wellbeing Team can help you with this - complete the referal form at the bottom of this page.

NHS Moodzone - Mindfulness 

Sleep

Sleep is very important to us all, for both our physical and mental health. How much sleep you need will vary from person to person, but if you often feel tired or struggle to concentrate there is a good chance that you are not getting enough sleep. The NHS provides help and advice on How to get to sleep and if your sleeping does not improve, then see your GP as there may be an underlying health issue.

Gentle exercise

You do not need to take part in competitive sport in order to improve your physical health, mental health or feelings of calm. Simply walking more can be a great help to your overall wellbeing and your feeling of calmness. Do I need to get the bus into town? Do I need to drive to uni? Planning 10 or 15 minutes extra into a local journey could allow you to walk to your destination. Buy a cheap pedometer or enable a step counter on your phone to see how much exercise you are getting and build some gentle exercise into every day.

NHS Moodzone - Getting active for mental wellbeing

 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Service - Online Referral Form