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5 Simple Ways Students Can Improve Their Mental Health During and After Covid-19

Looking after your mental health is important as a student, especially during a pandemic!

By Bsyn Support

Report 19 Jul 2021
Mental Health
Mental Health

It’s official: being a university student is indubitable pressure – especially when you’re someone who strives for the very best. If it’s not the 100-page reading list that needs to be completed by next week, then it’s the multiple assignments that are constantly looming in the back of your mind. It’s no surprise that 1 in 5 students suffer from mental health issues, with depression and anxiety being the most prominent.

As if the pressure of student life wasn’t already enough… along came COVID-19. Since the arrival of the pandemic, the impact on student’s mental health has been severely noticeable. In a survey by YoungMinds, it was reported that 83% of young people agreed that Covid-19 worsened pre-existing mental health issues. With thousands of students forced to attend online lectures and stay indoors, many students are vulnerable to the negative impacts of an uncertain society.

Why Are We Struggling?

There are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to mental health. However, it’s important to understand some of the common reasons why students struggle:

  1. Immense Academic Pressure

Deadlines are unavoidable at university, but can also make you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of work. You know you signed up for this, but no one knows how difficult it really is until you’re there!

  1. Loneliness

33% of students often experience loneliness and isolation at uni – and that was before the pandemic! Many students were forced to be away from friends and family for months on end, having a huge impact on mental health.

  1. Uncertainty About the Future

Worrying about future employment or getting that dream graduate job is a big concern for many students. Since COVID-19, this uncertainty about life has been greatly heightened, leaving many students feeling confused about their next steps.

5 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health

It’s important to understand ways to promote healthy habits that boost your mental health, especially with the pressures of the university at hand. Here are 5 tips for looking after your mental health as a university student:

  1. Talk to someone

Suffering in silence may seem like an easier way to get by, but it really can have long term effects on your mental health. Trust me, you’ll feel much better after talking to a trusted friend, tutor, family member or university counsellor.

  1. Be Aware of Burnout

Burnout is just another way of describing a state of being extremely overworked, tired and mentally exhausted. When you start to feel signs of burnout, allow yourself to take a break and give yourself some mental rest.

  1. Ask For Support

Your deadline is due tomorrow but you know that it’s going to be impossible to hand your assignment in on time. Sometimes, being transparent about your current state may help you relieve your stress and anxiety. Email your tutor and notify them of your situation. If you feel comfortable enough to speak about your mental health experiences, do so! They may be more understanding than you think.

  1. Socialise

It’s not easy to do this during a pandemic, but finding ways to socialise with friends can definitely help to ease your mind. If you’re able to meet up outdoors, taking walks or having picnics are a great way to unwind. As the country opens up again, make it your priority to book a night out with friends!

  1. Exercise

It’s a pretty straightforward tip that had to make it onto the list because it’s true – exercising really does help your mental health. It releases those much-needed endorphins that help you feel good and releases stress. Plus, it’s good for your physical health too!
Mental Health Support

It’s really important to prioritise your mental health, especially during these times. If you feel like you are struggling in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out to your university counsellor or mental health advisor who can offer you support and guidance.

There is also a range of different charities and organisations that are available to support you during these times. Remember, you’re never alone!

YoungMinds – mental health support for young people including Coronavirus impact advice.
Website: https://youngminds.org.uk

Student Minds – student mental health charity
Website: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/

Samaritans – 24-hour helpline for those experiencing despair or depression
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Website: https://www.samaritans.org/

Mind – mental health charity (advice and support)
Phone: 0300 123 3393
Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/


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