Support, self-care and success

The wellbeing and success of our students is really important to us. We provide a range of support to help you get the most out of your time at York.

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Who can help?

What do we mean by self-care?

Self-care is about looking after yourself. It is about paying attention to and catering to the needs of your overall wellbeing, including your physical, emotional and psychological health.

It includes getting enough sleep, eating well, investing in healthy relationships, routines, activities and behaviours, and finding helpful ways to express and release your thoughts and feelings.

What do we mean by success?

Success means different things to different people. It relates to what you value and what you find meaning and purpose in.

Academic success may be your priority but your purpose and what you can get out of life goes beyond your degree. Consider what else is important and meaningful to you and make regular time to invest in these things.

Top tips

Spending time on self-care and looking after our physical and mental wellbeing can improve our ability to think, focus, concentrate and to feel motivated towards our study. It can help us to learn. If we feel good, we are more likely to do good. Good self-care increases productivity.

Self-care comes before success. Self-care should be a constant and daily consideration, not something we just think of every now and again or once our assessments or course have been completed.

Engage with learning, rather than being preoccupied with fear of failure and trying to be perfect.

Getting things wrong or things not working out is part of learning. It enables reflection and development. Learning to cope with setbacks will help you overcome them in the future.

Try to accept and be yourself. Focus on your own strengths and qualities rather than judging and comparing yourself to others. Try to develop good relationships with your course peers and learn from others. Regularly try to connect with others. Feeling connected to and accepted by others improves wellbeing.

Life is full of ups and downs. Talk to people about how things are going for you and how you feel, and to seek support if you need to. Talking about your feelings is a strength and can be really helpful. Be proactive and confront problems and concerns head-on.

Try to develop self-awareness. Connect with your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and what influences these, and engage with your emotions. Self-awareness is a journey of discovery, so be patient with yourself.

People learn, achieve and experience things at different rates. Focus on your own goals and targets and how you will work towards these.

Develop a connection and working relationship with your supervisor. Meet and have contact with them at least once per term. Attend and engage with your course as much as possible.