10 tips to help university students look after their mental health in lockdown

The lockdown has had a huge impact on student life with covid curbing the ways students are able to socialize and interact with each other.

If you’re at uni and finding it difficult to navigate these changes the BelievePerform team have found practical ways to feel more mentally fit in 10 tips to help university students look after their mental health in lockdown.

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Stay connected – Keep connected to your friends and family through the use of online technology. This can help boost mood and reduce anxiety.

Keep active – Where possible try and be active and engage in regular exercise. Whether it is an online yoga session or some HIIT training, exercise is a great way for reducing stress.

Ask for help – If you are struggling ask for help from your tutor, GP or reach out to a local mental health charity. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family.

Stay true to values – Engage in activities that provide you with a sense of meaning and importance. Connecting with your values can increase confidence and boost mood.

Plan your week – Organise your week and try and plan activities that provide you with a sense of pleasure, connectedness and achievement.

Be creative – Get creative and try something new. Set yourself a challenge and see how well you can achieve it.

Helping others – Helping and supporting others can provide you with a number of positive emotions and connect you with other people.

Rest and recovery – Schedule time to engage in some active self-care and rest and recovery.

Be mindful – Slow down what you are doing and try to focus all your senses on the present moment. Mindfulness is a great way for relieving stress.

Physical health – Look after your physical health. Stay hydrated, eat a well-balanced diet, make sure you are maintaining positive sleep habits.

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