It doesn’t matter if you goto a School, College or University, they can all be stressful places than can often put your mental health under strain. But the good news is there are ways to keep your mental health in tip-top shape and thus help you learn and study better. You only have to pick one or more of these ten tips to help yourself to feel better, but obviously the more you do, the better your mental health should be…
Be Mindful of Mental Health!
You don’t have to become a counsellor or a therapist. But learning a little more about students mental health concerns will help you avoid or at least limit the stress and impact on your own. They say knowledge is power, so use your own power to protect yourself.
Try and Stay Active!
You might not know this, but keeping your body healthy helps to keep your mind healthy, but this doesn’t mean running a 10K every day. It just means doing something. Maybe a slow walk, maybe just a small bike ride, or even walking to school rather than a lift. It’s the getting outside that is important, not so much the level of exercise you do while you are out there.
Learn to Breathe!
OK, so you are already breathing, otherwise, you would be dead and unable to read this post. But learning to control your breathing is a whole different ball game. By doing some breathing exercises before a big test or exam will help you calm down and keep your mind clearer.
Preparation is Key!
There is NOTHING more stressful than cramming for a last-minuet test, so why not think ahead and prepare as best you can, not only in the weeks leading up to it but months! The more prepared you are the more control you will have. So take some time to think ahead and not run into stress ahead!
Join Those Study Groups!
Study groups are not just a nice way to meet new people, they are also a good way to prevent exam stress and keep your mental health under control. While it is OK to study solo as well, just having some time to learn from others and indeed interact with others will improve a number of things, not just your mental health.
Keep Doing The Things You Love!
They say “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” but maybe he is dull because of failing mental health! Just because you have to do well in school or college, doesn’t mean you have to put the things you enjoy doing on hold. By making sure you are having at least some fun in the week can recharge you for the rest of the week and keep your brain on the right track.
Check Those School Bulletin Boards!
Not only will these often have information and dates on future tests, but they might also have information on a lot of the things I have mentioned here. There might be information about study groups, wellness groups and even information about free yoga or meditation lessons! It is always worth seeing what your local education place has on these boards and if you don’t see anything there to improve the mental health of students, why not start one up!
No, this isn’t a tip telling you what to eat to improve your mental health, this is me saying you should try and use your eating time to improve your mental health! Sure, eating healthy is one way, but also getting out and walking to a sandwich shop or simply not eating at a desk can also improve your mental health! It is not just about what you eat, but also where you eat.
Even if you just help a friend out with their studdying you can make yourself feel better! Studies have shown doing nice things for other people is a great way to make yourself feel better! It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something to make someone else smile.
Don’t Ignore Mental Health Problems
This last tip is the most important of all. If you are feeling even the slightest bit down, anxious or stressed you should tell someone! Tell your teacher as they might be able to help. Tell your parents as they might get off your back a little about doing well and most importantly of all is telling your friends. They might be able to help you study or at the very least give you company and take your mind off your problems for a while until your brains batteries recharge. Trying to ignore mental health problems only causes more mental health problems! So don’t fly so and suffer alone, get help, seek advice and above all never feel ashamed about talking about these sorts of things.