5 Wellbeing Tips for Students
The pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty for students. Uncertainty over exams, their results and uncertainty surrounding the university application process. Among the students that have been most affected are those in Sixth Form. For this reason, more than ever, it’s important for students to focus on and talk about their mental health.
But where do you start when it comes to your wellbeing? There’s no one way that works for everyone, that’s why the UK Study Centre team has put together their top five wellbeing tips. Keep reading to find out more.
Believe in yourself
You’ve already come so far, there’s no doubt that you will be able to conquer this next hurdle. Believe in yourself and your own abilities. We know it’s tempting but try not to compare yourself with your friends and peers. Your educational journey is your own, and you should make the decisions that are right for you. If you are feeling down, take a few minutes out of your day to write down some positive affirmations. Remember, you can do this!
Have a chat
Maintaining a good support network and strong long-term relationships are extremely beneficial for your mental health in times of uncertainty. You can ask your friends and family for advice or just simply vent about your problems. At the same time, it’s important to spend time talking about things other than exams and school. Whether it’s in person or virtually through a screen, spending quality time with others has a huge positive impact on your general mood and wellbeing.
Looking after your physical wellbeing has a big impact on your mental health. Exercising stimulates your brain to release endorphins and hormones that all help to relieve stress. When you’re studying at home, you can incorporate exercise into your breaks. Do some stretches or go for a walk with your friend in the park. Adding a little bit of movement will help you feel more energised and boost your creativity.
Sleep is important
The National Sleep Foundation advises Sixth Form Students to get 8-10 hours of sleep a night. When you’re feeling stressed or have a lot of work to do, often the first thing to be sacrificed is sleep. A good night’s sleep can help improve both your concentration and memory, which are essential for study and exam preparation. If you struggle to fall asleep or feel anxious before going to bed, try and start winding down earlier; listen to some relaxing music or read a book.
Ask for help
When you’re struggling, asking for help can make all the difference. Remember that as well as your friends and family, your school and careers department are always ready to help you. They can provide 24/7 support and a non-judgemental space to discuss any issues that you are having. Student wellbeing services are strictly confidential, completely free and open to all students. Therefore, there are different external services whom you can approach if you need a helping hand. Such services as UK Study Centre can assist with University Placement, Oxbridge applications, Visa support, and School Placement. Meanwhile, you can also speak to your friends and your family about what you are going through. Although it may seem scary, it’s very likely that your friends are going or have been through the same things you have, and just knowing that will make you feel less alone.