Here are some tips for looking after yourself from one of our Nightline Volunteers.
- Sleep - Make a conscious effort to improve your sleeping pattern; ensure you are getting enough or cut it down by an hour if you’re sleeping too much. Good quality sleep can lead to improved memory, sharpened attention span, a spur in creativity and lowers stress levels.
- Get organised - Being organised leads to a clearer mind, so write a to-do list, organise your wardrobe, clean your home or clear that pile of laundry in the corner of your bedroom. Finishing some of your chores and having a set agenda for the day gives you structure and can provide you with a sense of achievement once those dreaded tasks are completed.
- Say yes to you – whether that is treating yourself to that item of clothing you have wanted for months or switching your phone off. Some quality time to yourself is really important, so run a bath, read a book, binge watch the latest Netflix series and relax.
- Happy Gut - Eating healthy can make a huge difference, not only physically but mentally too. It can help your self-esteem improve and decrease levels of anxiety. A happy gut can lead to a happy mind.
- Practice mindfulness - Write a list of things your grateful for and take the time to think about how these things make you feel. Take the time to tell people you love them. Compliment an acquaintance or simply tell your morning barista to have a nice day. These little acts of kindness are small tokens of being mindful of others and in turn makes you feel good to make someone else’s day.
Simple changes can sometimes make a big difference.
- Get creative – Get some coloured pencils or paints and let your inner artist run wild. Taking in the world around you and expressing yourself artistically is a great stress reliever!
- Exercise – When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which can improve your mood. There are so many forms of exercise depending on what you enjoy. Yoga is one great way to relieve stress and anxiety and there are a number of classes or even YouTube videos you could do. You could also take part in an online exercise class or even just make a conscious effort to go for a 30-minute walk if you are symptomless. Small changes can make a big difference to your mood.
- Drink that water! There are endless benefits to staying hydrated all day long: it can combat fatigue, help digestion and improve mental health.
- Forgive yourself – There will be times you didn’t quite do everything you needed to do. That is ok. You can accept it and try again tomorrow. Never giving up is the key to improving and achieving what we desire.
A problem shared is a problem halved.
- Write down your feelings – It sounds corny, but it really does work. Whether you write it down in the notes section of your phone, download a diary app, scribble on some paper or even text your feelings to a family member or friend. Writing it down is proven to lighten stress and organises our thoughts and feelings in a way that makes them manageable.
These tips are a great way to cope when you sometimes feel overwhelmed, but remember, it often helps to talk about those issues as well. If you do ever feel you want to chat to our Student Advice team are avaliable by email and telephone.