Follow these tips to nurture your wellbeing and increase your resilience.

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.

Help and support Togetherall Advice A-Z: Loneliness

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.

Student Clubs and Societies (YUSU)Postgraduate Networks: (GSA)College events

Coronavirus update
Adjusting to working from home (Student Minds)
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing when working from home (Mental Health Foundation)
Working from home - create a wellbeing action plan (Charlie Waller Trust)
Mental Wellbeing While Staying at Home (NHS Every Mind Matters)

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.

Advice A-Z: Academic pressuresAdvice A-Z: PerfectionismAdvice A-Z: Low self-esteem

Coronavirus update
Looking after your mental health in a difficult living environment (Young Minds)

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 volunteering opportunities in York.

University-led volunteeringYUSU volunteeringGSA volunteeringVolunteering in York

Coronavirus update
Volunteering during COVID-19 (YUSU) 

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.

A-Z Advice: Adjusting to university lifeA-Z Advice: Homesickness

Coronavirus update
See your college and student union social media updates
Putting the social into social distancing (CALM)

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. It’s a great way to make new friends too.

Sport and fitnessSports and physical activity (YUSU)GSA sports sessions

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.

Eight Tips for Healthy Eating (NHS)

Coronavirus update
Jack Monroe's Lockdown Larder

8. Drink responsibly

Too much alcohol too often can affect your mental health and increase anxietystress and depression.

Advice A -Z:  Alcohol and Drugs

Coronavirus update
Coronavirus information and advice hub (Alcohol Change UK)

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 seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

Advice A-Z: Sleep

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, sit, think and breathe.

A-Z Advice: Social media


Mindfulness can help us to become more aware of the present moment. Watch our introduction videos created by the Open Door Team and Disability Services:

Self-help apps

We can help

Explore our Advice A-Z, try our workshops and groups, but if you need more help and support – ask for it.