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Tips & Advice

Look after your mental health

By nicsl 13 Oct 2018

Coming to university is certainly a ‘changing world’ for most students.

We can do a lot to help ourselves and our friends to reduce everyday stress, manage anxiety and cope with mental illness. Prevention begins with better understanding and awareness of signs and symptoms. 

It’s important to take care of yourself. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?

Here are 4 easy tips which may help…

1. Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.  You can talk to your friends, Halls Staff, the Halls Wellbeing Coordinator or Student Wellbeing - find their contact information here.

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. If its academic stuff, talk with your lecturer or if it’s to do with halls, talk to the Residential Assistants. It could be that you need to make a study plan, or even iron a shirt…. let someone know you need some help! Or just need to have some time to be heard.

2. Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.  Just going to for a walk in the daylight can make a difference. Or getting involved with Team Derby.

3. Eat well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.  There’s some good books in the library that may help.  Or join in one of the cookery events in halls…. they are free and fun!

4. Drink sensibly

Lots of people drink alcohol to change their mood. And we aren’t going to tell you not to.  But sometimes people drink to deal with fear or loneliness.

When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings…so if you are worried about how much alcohol you or a friend are drinking, talk to someone about your worries.


nicsl is the Marketing Assistant. She enjoys travelling, music festivals, delicious food and binge watching Rick and Morty.
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