Taking care of your mental health at university
Today is Warwick University Mental Health Day. To mark this important day I will share my thoughts on mental wellbeing, how I personally take care of my mental health and what I think we can all do to help each other out. One of the main things I have come to realize is that we don’t think about our minds in the same way as our bodies. We rely on our bodies to take us places and to carry out various task and activities. To do so well, we know we need to take care of our physical health, by training our bodies regularly and fueling them properly. If we don’t, physical symptoms tend to rapidly show, prompting us to take action. How is our mind any different? We need our brain for so many things in our lives, from thinking and working to socialising and caring. It makes sense that we ought to take similar care of our mental health. And yet, this is not something many of us prioritise. And when symptoms start to show (both physical and emotional), we tend to explain them away as weakness, failure and incompetence. This makes little sense to me. As sedentary beings with the technology available to help transport us from one place to another, to build our homes and to make our food, we exert only a small amount of stress on our bodies. On the contrary, the challenges life throws at us, the pressure of school and work and the many societal expectations we try to meet every day puts a tremendous amount of stress on our minds. It would make sense, therefore, to spend more time taking care of our mental health, training our minds to be as resilient as possible. Here are some things you can try to make sure you feel your best!
- You DO NOT have to struggle alone
- Find someone you trust to talk to
- Practice self-compassion
- Yoga and meditation
- Become in-tune with your thoughts and emotions
- Find a routine that works for you
- You deserve to feel great!