Posted on 11 October 2020
Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:
Whether you live on or off campus, your college will provide you with a network of support, friendship, facilities and a full calendar of events and activities to ease you into university life.
Try something different. Be open to new opportunities.
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet new people and try something new. Our Students' Union supports over 200 student societies at York.
Get moving - do what you can when you can.
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
Being active doesn’t have to mean competitive sport, or a visit to the gym. Try exploring our campuses, perhaps following our Campus Tree Trail, combining it with some wildlife spotting, or a spot of art appreciation.
Be mindful, be aware, be curious.
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. Find out how mindful breathing can help you reduce stress and anxiety, help with focus and promote sleep.
Help yourself by helping others.
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:
It can be just a small act of kindness, perhaps taking time to check in with a friend, sending a supportive text, or even making someone a cuppa! However, here at York we have many opportunities to help others.
Your health and wellbeing
If you want to explore health and wellbeing more, or feel that you need some support, please visit our health and wellbeing pages.