In the coming days, many people will be packing their bags, loading the car and moving to university. Starting university can be really exciting and fun, but it’s also natural to feel nervous and overwhelmed throughout those first few weeks as it is a big life transition.
In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog post we’re sharing some tips on how you can make the transition to university smoother.
- Communication is key
If you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, don’t keep these feelings to yourself as this could lead to burnout and other mental health issues. Reach out to a friend or family member. Universities often have dedicated student counsellors too who will be able to help you.
- Eat a balanced diet
It’s all too easy to fall into the ‘student diet’ of takeaways and pot noodles, but it’s essential for your mental and physical health to get those vitamins and nutrients in. Snack on fresh fruit and make sure you include lots of greens in your meals.
Release those feel good endorphins with regular exercise. It’s also a great way to make new friends too. Is there a sports team you can join? Why not ask your friends if they fancy going for a walk in the local park?
- Get outside in the daylight
Students sleeping patterns tend to get a bit messy! In the winter months, this can lead to not seeing enough daylight. The light is really important for your mental health, and its absence can make you more at risk for developing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
- Take part in social activities
Doing something fun can really help to reduce stress levels and feelings of sadness. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to make new friends. See if your student halls as a Facebook group or bulletin board that can let you know what’s going on.
- Self care
University life can be really busy, so be sure to take some time for yourself. Do some meditation, listen to a podcast, read a book or catch up on your favourite TV show to recharge.
If you’re struggling to adapt to university life, get in touch with Dalton Wise today.
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