How To Look After Your Mental Health At School, University & College

Tons of students worldwide are affected by mental health and many of them suffer in silence. But it's so important to not do! Here you can find some help you need. According to reports one in four students are experiencing problems with their mental health during school, university or college, and the number is increasing. Students are under more stress than before – the pressure to succeed, student loans, tuition fees, and other financial issues. Most students know there is support out there, but they don't know what to expect, and many are too afraid to talk about their problems, along with the fear of being judged. But here is something you need to know compact.

  • Before we start: What is mental health?

We all have mental health, just as our physical health. Both combined are our complete health. Mental health determines how we feel, what is going inside our head, the way we interact in relationships and people around us. Plus, how we deal with everyday challenges. Anyway, when mental health handicaps our everyday life and the ability to function properly, it becomes a problem. Mental health is affected by our families' history, genetic preposition, life experiences, such as trauma, strokes of fate and stress. And it should be treated by a professional just like a physical issue when something isn't right. Different types of mental illnesses exist, such as eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and many more.
  • Mental health at educational institutions

Where mental illnesses can occur in every stage of life, during this period people are more at the risk of it. At this stage most (not all) people are still very young and begin to find out who they really are and this process is sometimes really confusing and if you suffer from low self-esteem, you're more likely to get caught in mental illness. As I've mentioned before, research has shown that one in every four students experiences mental health issues at some point, which is shocking and lots of them struggle with doing daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or cleaning as result. Do you know someone with a mental illness? Check this out!

Now you can imagine, how hard it must be to study in this condition.Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses where studying is a huge trigger – workload has the biggest impact on their mental health. Followed by friendships groups and other related types.A good thing is, that about one in five students uses the mental health service at their university, college, and school – which shows clearly you're not alone. And there are also great opportunities for help in your town, and hotline services & internet resources also exist.

Here's what you can do

  • Remember the basic important things.

Exercise regularly, eat balanced and get enough sleep. This sounds simple, right? But many students stay up late, have irregular eating patterns, and forget to exercise, such as taking walks or playing in a sports team. And with these things you built up the fundamentals of your mental health.Parents and the people with whom you surround yourself influence whether you have good habits regarding this or not.
  • Take advantage of student services.

Some parents make sure if they know their kids struggle with their mental health, to connect with student services at the respective educational institution.And the good thing is, those services are completely free and there work people who are trained professionals for these cases. They know which problems the students have and can customize their help strategies.At some institutions are offers who provide academic coaching, as well as one-on-one counseling, group counseling sessions on stress management and cognitive behavior therapy techniques and the presence of therapy dogs, which offer a mood boost during exam time.

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  • Maintain social contacts.

Even though there are thousands of students, it's not unusual to be lonely at the campus. But it's so important to not always being alone and being caught with your mental demons all the time.You can join a club, looking for activities organized by the General Students' Committee or check which events will take place in the town or city you're studying. There are tons of opportunities to meet new people, even if you suffer from social anxiety. And then you maybe have the chance to get to know inspiring people who may go through a similar "phase" as you. (I am aware that this is not a phase, so I put it in quotation marks.)
  • Know your worth.

Treat yourself as you would treat a beloved one, with self-respect, kindness, and avoid the inner critic. Make sure to set yourself time aside for your hobbies, projects, hanging out with friends and broaden your horizon. For example, trying out a new sport or learning a new language.
  • Quiet your mind.

Try mindfulness, meditation or similar therapeutic techniques. It is so important to stay in the present, and not live in the future or the past. Only this moment exists. Exercises for relaxation can help to calm down and improve or change your mindset and outlook on life. This will also help you with focusing on studying for important exams.
  • Be realistic.

When it comes to goals, it's important to be realistic and do not charge yourself too much. This causes stress and won't help you at all with your mental health state. If you have a big task, put it into smaller portions and work them off gradually.Creating a schedule can be very supportive. Write in your lesson times, when and how long you want to learn each day, but also remember to take a complete day off from revising.Make also space for free time activities and of course, always take some time for yourself. Where you can do some self-care, such as yoga, taking a bath or reading a book.Sometimes it's also effective to break the monotony and change your schedule. Plan a trip to a new city or place, take a walk in a different park or try out a new café. Whatever you want to. You can see there are some ideas to improve your mental health and maybe even protect it, especially since tough times.

Do you struggle with your mental health? I went through episodes of depression, anxiety and am recovered from anorexia & know how hopeless situations might be. In a FREE discovery call we can discuss your case and you can decide if my services and me as coach are a good fit for you. Please remember, I'm not a licensed therapist or an mental health professional. These tips and my coaching don't substitute a therapist. Get help and reach out, if you struggle. It's not a sign of failure or weakness – in fact, it's a sign of strength because you take responsibility for yourself and your life.

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