Attending University can be an extremely stressful time and making sure you’re looking after yourself both physically and mentally is vital. Know that, if you are struggling with your mental health, you are not alone and hopefully this post can be the first step in getting some support for your well-being.

Talk

Talking to those you feel most comfortable with about how you’re feeling can be a huge relief. It’s important to remember you’re not a burden, your family and friends want to help you.

Being listened to can help you feel comforted, supported and less alone. Also, if you feel like you can open up about how you’re feeling, it could inspire others to do the same.

Speak with tutors

If you are struggling and feel like you may need more time on your work, speak with Lancaster university and your tutors so they understand you need more time or support from them.

It is more than likely you’re not the only person who could be struggling and creating an open dialogue with your Lancaster university tutors could encourage those around you to do the same and show the university that potentially they could be doing more to support students.

Your mental health is as much a priority as your physical health, so make sure that if you are concerned about falling behind to ask for help or extra time if needed.

Create time and space for yourself to unwind and do the things you enjoy

Don’t forget to create time and space for yourself to relax and unwind. Spend whatever downtime you do have doing something you love, whether that be gaming, drawing, exercise or spending time alone, making opportunities for these moments are a priority as they can allow you to switch off from all external pressures.

Be kind to yourself

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you’re doing your best and that’s all you can do. If you need to take a day off doing work for yourself, that’s okay too, you need to be kind to yourself and listen to what your mind and body need. Allowing yourself opportunities to relax and do things you enjoy is a priority and most often, if the body has had time to relax, better work can be produced.

Support your friends

If you notice your friend is not acting like themselves or struggling, try and support them in the best way that you can. Your help and support could make a world of difference to them in both their everyday life and in the long term. 

If a friend feels like they’re unable to open up, here are some signs to look for that might indicate they are struggling with their mental health:

  • Seeming distant and not acting like themselves
  • Not meeting up or replying to messages when they usually do
  • Not chatting, smiling, laughing, and getting involved in conversations as much
  • Exhibiting lower self-esteem
  • Crying or shouting
  • Saying worrying phrases such as ‘I can’t do it anymore’
  • Smoking, drinking, or taking drugs when they didn’t before

Support links:

If you don’t feel like you can speak to one of your friends, Lancaster University offers a wide range of different support services, that can provide you with assistance either face to face or via Teams. The student well-being page includes links to various support pages on different issues, such as substance abuse, physical health, and addictions, as well as tips on how to support others who may be struggling. For more information, click here

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