Questions To Ask Yourself At Uni
Do you know what may be affecting your mood, mind and mentality? These are the questions you could ask yourself to ensure you are loving yourself every day.
When you're at Universty, do you know what may be affecting your mood, mind and mentality? Guest blogger Annabel shares the questions you could ask yourself to ensure you are loving yourself every day.
Sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a number of things in everyday life, such as work, relationships, money, diet, friends, and pretty much anything that may affect your day or your mind set. We’re human, we can’t help it. We worry, we get stressed, we let the little things build up. But something as simple as changing a few things relating to your health and wellbeing can make a difference. This blog post is basically to remind you that you are in control, and you can change a negative mind-set into a positive one through a few changes.
So you aren’t feeling yourself? You feel down? You are struggling to stay positive?
These are some simple questions I ask myself:
Are you eating healthily and feeding your body the good stuff?
No, that doesn’t mean what you necessarily enjoy. What may seem like a great idea to boost your mood (chocolate) or other snacks can lead you to feel even worse. It may not seem like eating healthily would affect your outlook or mood, but you may be surprised. Why not try switching up your diet? There are hundreds of recipes and lots of advice online that can be accessed simply by searching on Google.
Are you taking the time to rest, relax and recuperate?
This may seem like an obvious one, but a good night’s sleep is a must; this should be around 8 hours, but if you have time for more, even better! Another good way to just chill and calm down if you feel overwhelmed is a long hot bath. If you’re a student at University, I know sometimes this is hard to come by and you may only have a mouldy shower to work with and if this is the case, maybe try a hot water bottle or some candles. Again, I can’t stress how important it is to make time for yourself, if you have read this and thought “when do I have the time to run a bath”, you are probably packing too much into one day.
Are you putting yourself first?
This is an easy one to overlook, but putting your needs before those of others is actually really important, especially at university where you are sometimes thrown into living with people who may take more than they give back. From experience I know that trying to please everyone is almost impossible, and why should you try? When it comes to doing what makes you happy and what you enjoy, make sure you speak up and voice your wishes, even if other people around you don’t have the same opinion.
Are you taking the time to exercise?
The dreaded word for some I know, but it really is important. I’m no pro at science, but I do believe endorphins can boost your mood in a positive manner (if you don’t believe me try Google…). So get down to your local gym, or park, or even university sports clubs! There really is no excuse, there is something for everyone, and I guarantee you will start to feel better for incorporating this into your day.
So that’s it, a few tips to keep you healthy and happy! I hope this helps and don’t forget you are the primary source of your happiness, so don’t neglect yourself.
Check out our guide Looking After Yourself for more information and ways you can look after your mental health.