Advice Clinic

Looking After Your Mental Health

28th February 2020

The mental wellbeing of our students is important to us. When you’re not feeling great it’s good to consider what you can do to take control of your situation and improve your mental wellbeing. Here are a few tings to keep in mind…

Sleep is important

Getting into a regular sleeping pattern can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Also, a lack of sleep not only leaves you feeling tired, it can also lead to worry, negative thoughts and feelings of depression and anxiety – which in-turn can then make it even harder to sleep.

It’s also good to reduce your screen time before bed. Try yoga or reading a book before you go to bed instead of looking at Instagram.

If you find you often think about things before you go to sleep and this prevents you from drifting off – try writing it down to get it out of your mind before your head hits the pillow.

The environment around you can also effect your sleep – so keep your room clean and tidy, and change your bedsheets regularly (and let’s face it, you can’t beat the fresh bed feeling!)

What are you eating and drinking?

Eating a balanced diet gives your brain and body the fuel it needs to function well. You can look into foods that help boost your energy and mood here.

Did you know, not drinking enough water can have a negative effect on your mood? So stay hydrated – carry a reusable water bottle, and try to drink water regularly throughout the day. Most people should drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day.

And when it comes to alcohol, drink sensibly. Although temporarily it can make you feel good, the long term effects can make you feel worse. Try limiting the amount you drink during the week.

Make plans

It’s good to have things to look forward to. Plan to do something you enjoy. Go for a walk or bike ride, as being outside can do wonders for your mind. Organise a catch-up with your friends/family at home.

Also, plan some all-important ‘me time’ and just chill. Listen to some music, read a book and try not to look at your phone.

Do what you love

When you’re not feeling your best, you might feel like not doing anything – but it’s good to keep up with your hobbies. Write music, play your instrument, draw, play games, watch TV and listen to the music you love!

If you do find you need some extra support whilst studying at BIMM, our Student Services Teams are always on hand to help you. Find out more about them here.

We recently announced our new partnership with Big White Wall, a leading provider in online community mental health support. So, if you’re feeling down whilst you’re studying at one of our UK Colleges, you’ll be able to access confidential online support. Find out more here.

Author

Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.