How to look after you mental health and wellbeing
15 February 2022 Health & Wellbeing
This time of year can be really hard. Not only this season with constant shifting weather, but also with assignments piling up and deadlines threatening right around the corner. This can create a lot of internal stress which really takes its toll on both the body as well as the mind. Just bear in mind you are not the only one feeling like this. It is very common to feel like you hit a brick wall once in a while. However, I have some tips and tricks that might be worth trying out.
When you're not in the right headspace and the brain fog has taken over your concentration, it could be worth to take a break from the studies. Most of the time when you have a proper brain fog you won't be able to produce your best work anyways. And definitely not be productive! So take some time off, and write yourself a list of 1. what drains your batteries, and 2. what charges your batteries. To give you an example, what drains my batteries are family feuds, drama, and people with a negative energy and mindset. And what charges my batteries are eating healthy, going to the gym, listening to music, and going for a walk. So, to solve this I would take some distance from people that drains by batteries. And the most important thing, I would set boundaries for myself and for others. If I don't feel like hanging out with people that has a negative energy and mindset, then I simply won't hang out with them! If I don't feel like hanging out with my friends one day, I would just say no to hanging out. And most importantly, I will force myself to do the things that charges my batteries, even though I don't really feel like leaving my bed.
It might sound scary to set boundaries, and you might be scared to step on someone's toes or hurt someone's feelings. But you would be surprised how much respect and understanding people around you will meet you with. Also, it is not rude to say you don't want to do something or participate in something, as long as you say it in a nice way.
Regardless of how you choose to deal with your mental health and wellbeing, it can often be nice to have someone to talk to. This could either be a close friend, relative or partner. However, sometimes it can also be nice to talk to someone completely new, that doesn't know you or the people you surround yourself with, just to get a different perspective on things. In that case you can speak to your PAT or talk to someone from the University of Chester's Wellbeing and Mental Health team, you can reach them via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also a range of other options you can try out.
Mood Juice: This is an online workbook that provides advice and information. You can find them here.
Get Self Help: This is an online website that provides a range of different activities and worksheets that can help you with difficult thoughts. You can find them here.
Samaritans: This is a listening service that is available 24/7 if you need someone to talk to or write with. You can contact them by phone on: 116 123 or via email: email@example.com
You in Mind: This is a local mental health service that you can contact whenever you need it. They have events, training, community groups and much more. You can find them here.