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To better manage your mental health as a student, there are some self-care ideas you can try. Get general advice for ways to look after your mental health, as well as extra video content to help illustrate our tips.
All of our animated videos are part of our Mentally Healthy Universities programme.
It can feel hard to remember to look after yourself sometimes. This technique helps you better manage your mental and physical wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing were researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation. The Five Ways are:
They are designed to give a template for anyone to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Five Ways to Look After Your Wellbeing is an animated video explaining tips and techniques you can try for the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Pressure, and the stress it creates, can be caused by many aspects of student life. It could be triggered by exams or coursework, friendships and relationships, or uncertainty in the coronavirus situation for example.
For more information, see our page about dealing with pressure.
Relaxation techniques are a good way to relieve pressure and help manage stress as a student. You can try these regularly, or just once in a while. There are lots of different techniques, some of which will work better for you than others.
For example, you could try:
Find out more about relaxation techniques.
Relaxation and sleep are closely linked. For more information, see our pages on sleep and mental health.
If you're struggling with your sleep at university, Tips for Better Sleep is an animated video offering practical ideas you can try.
Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment. This means within in your mind, body and surroundings. With mindfulness, you're noticing the present without judging anything.
It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don't have to be spiritual or have certain beliefs to try it. Many people find practising mindfulness helps them manage their wellbeing, but it isn’t for everyone.
For more information, see our pages about mindfulness.
There are lots of different ways you can get active as a student, but the most important thing is finding something you enjoy. Getting active has many benefits. It can help to:
Socialising and meeting new people can be another positive side of getting active. Your university will have a variety of sports clubs, societies and activities you could join. You may need to check their current schedule due to COVID-19.
Even with plenty of social activities, anyone can feel lonely from time to time. Starting university and the challenges of the pandemic might mean that you feel lonely more often, or maybe for the first time. Feelings of loneliness are personal, so everyone's experience will feel different. Loneliness can impact on your mental health.
Tips to Help With Loneliness is an animated video offering practical ideas to try if you're experiencing loneliness as a student. These ideas can help you connect with others and support yourself at university.
Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It's based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel really difficult to change.
You might experience periods of low self-esteem where you find it harder to be kind to yourself, try new things and meet new people. This can be caused by many factors, including university pressures or difficult times such as exams or being away from home. There are ways to increase your self-esteem, for example getting active, volunteering and setting yourself small goals.
For more information, see our pages about self-esteem.
If you experience low self-esteem as a student, Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem is an animated video offering practical ideas you can try. These suggestions might help you to improve the way you feel about yourself, but only try what you feel comfortable with.
Complementary and alternative therapies typically take a holistic approach to your physical and mental health. This means that they consider all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing as a whole, rather than treating particular symptoms separately.
For example, some complementary therapies focus on the mind, body and spirit or on the flow of energy through your body. Note that some alternative therapies do come at a cost, which may limit your access.
Some examples of therapies you might have heard of include:
Find out more about complementary and alternative therapies.