‘Stress bucket’ analogy video (Tips for looking after our mental wellbeing)

Why is it important?

Our mental wellbeing affects how we feel about all areas of life, and looking after it can really improve the way that we feel every day. This can be really helpful at times when we’re not feeling our best, but it’s also important to make sure we look after ourselves during the good times; this can improve our overall wellbeing and also help us to be more able to cope when we do face challenges.

How can we look after our mental wellbeing?

There are lots of ways that we can look after our mental health and wellbeing; different techniques work for different people but there are some basic things we should all try.

Keep active

Because physical activity has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood, regularly exercising is a great way to look after our wellbeing and exercising outside is especially good.

Not drinking enough water can have a negative effect on our mood,  so it’s really important to stay well hydrated; everyone is different but most people should try to drink around 1.5-2 litres of water a day.

Eat well

Eating a balanced diet it a really important foundation for good mental wellbeing because it gives your brain and body the fuel they need to function well. There are some key foods that you can eat to boost your mood and energy levels.

Drink sensibly

Although alcohol (and drugs) can temporarily make us feel good, it’s not a good way to deal with problems and often leaves us feeling worse in the long term. If you choose to drink alcohol then try to stick within the recommended low risk guidelines, and have plenty of days without drinking each week.

Sleep well

Apart from leaving us feeling tired, poor sleep can lead to worry, negative thoughts, and feelings of depression and anxiety, and all of this can make it even harder to sleep. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night; if youre finding this difficult there are a few tips that you can try. Managing time and learning key study skills

University level study is demanding and sometimes it can feel really stressful. Learning some skills in time management and some key study skills can help you to cope better with the demands of university life.

Problem solving

We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, and it can be useful to think about whether there is anything in particular that is having a negative effect on us. You could also try tracking your  moods to help you to work out what positively and negatively affects your mental wellbeing; then you can take steps to avoid, change or prepare for situations than have a negative effect.

Spend time with others

Connecting with other people is great for our wellbeing; it can give us a sense of belonging, help to create a support network and give us people to talk to and have fun with.

Enjoy down time, relax and have some fun

When we feel busy or stressed it can be difficult to let ourselves relax and have fun, but it’s really important for our wellbeing so we should build ‘down time’ into our lives rather than see it as a luxury. Take a break to do something that you find relaxing or fun, something you’re good at or something new. Making time to relax can have a really beneficial effect on mental wellbeing.

Reference:  http://www.sussex.ac.uk/wellbeing/mentalhealth/mentalwellbeing

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