Top tips for wellbeing

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When things are going well, it can be easy to take mental health for granted.

Follow the tips below to nurture your wellbeing and increase your resilience.

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1. Share 

Don’t keep things bottled up. Talking about your feelings with friends, family or your college tutor is not a sign of weakness but of taking charge of your own wellbeing.

2. Balance studying with other activities 

Participate in societies and clubs, follow your passions and keep up your hobbies. You need a break from your studies.

3. Accept who you are

You are unique, don’t compare yourself to other people. Each person is on a different journey and following their own path.

4. Give to others 

Helping others makes you feel better about yourself, even something as small as a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Take a look at the volunteering opportunities in your College or under Careers.

5. Keep in touch with family and friends

You will make lots of new friends but it is important to keep contact with people who care about you and know you well.

6. Get active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate and improve your sleep. Walk, cycle, dance or try something completely new at York Sport Union. It’s a great way to make new friends too.

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7. Eat healthily

There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eat regular meals and make sure you get some fruit and veg in every day.

 8. Drink responsibly

Too much alcohol too often can affect your mental health and increase anxiety, stress and depression.

9. Sleep well

Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. Sleep improves memory and concentration, reduces stress and anxiety. If you are 18 to 25 years old, you need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

10. Unplug

Switch off phones and social media for a short time each day. A change of scene is good for mental health. Go for a walk by the lake, watch the ducks, sit, think and breathe.

Mindfulness videos

Mindfulness can help us to become more aware of the present moment.

View our mindfulness videos, created by the Open Door Team and Disability Services.

Excercise 1: Mindfulness

Exercise 2: Counting the breath

Exercise 3: Mindfulness of sound