Questions to ask yourself at uni
If you find yourself feeling down at university, here are some questions you can ask yourself to get thinking about what changes you can make to prioritise your mental health.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by things in everyday life sometimes - it could be work, relationships, money, diet, friends, or pretty much anything else that has the potential to affect your day or your mindset. We’re human, we can’t help it. We worry, we get stressed, we let the little things build up. But changing a few things relating to your health and wellbeing can make a big difference.
If you're feeling down, not feeling yourself or are struggling to stay positive, here are some simple questions you can ask to get thinking about what changes you can make:
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 make you 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 eight 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 this may be difficult; you may only have a mouldy shower to work with. If this is the case, maybe try a hot water bottle or some candles instead.
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 may be 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 needs, even if other people around you don’t have the same opinion.
Are you taking the time to exercise?
This is a dreaded word for some, I know, but it really is important. I’m no scien, 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.
More advice on looking after yourself
For more tips on how you can look after your mental health, have a look at our page on looking after yourself.