Mental health underwrites everything we do. If we’re not mentally healthy usually straightforward things like going to lectures, making sure to eat or even getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult. To add to this college can often have times of concentrated stress such as at exam or essay periods or in the week or so before the grant comes in. Whatever it is its really helpful to know what stresses you out before it comes up (exams!!) and how you’re going to deal with it so see the tips below and explore what makes you feel good.
The most important thing to know when experiencing mental health difficulties is that you’re not alone. Anyone can have poor mental health, whether or not they have been diagnosed with a mental illness. We all have tough times. Recent research shows that 1 in 4 college students at a given time could be experiencing mental health difficulties (My World Survey 2012). In Trinity that means over 4,000 people.
Another hugely important thing to note is that help is here. When it comes to counselling services we are blessed. We are also well located in Dublin City to take advantage of any nearby services within reach which is, comparatively, a lot.
The following tips top recommended coping strategies for mental health difficulties. Including these 5 a day every day can really boost your mental health. I will mix in a few of my own that helped me when I was having issues with my mental health.
These words shown here are the top coping strategies for young people across Ireland (My World Survey 2012). As you can see, most of these strategies have one thing in common; connecting! Connecting is good for your wellbeing. Taking time to strengthen relationships with people close to us and to broaden relationships with our wider community is important. Sharing how we feel with others helps us to feel more understood.
Connecting is not only important for emotional support but it also helps us to develop a sense of belonging, self-worth and reduces isolation.
Improved self-esteem is a key benefit of physical activity. When you exercise, the body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. Regular exercise is proven to reduce stress, ward off anxiety and feelings of depression. It also boosts self-esteem and improves sleep.
See TCD sports centre classes https://www.tcd.ie/Sport/classes/ to blow off some steam or use the gym. A good tip is to sign up to events like a 10k that require a bit of training as they get you out and about over an extended period of time.
Student sports clubs can also be a fantastic way to meet new people while getting your body moving. We have 49! http://www.ducac.tcdlife.ie/clubs/ email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining a club.
The benefits of being aware include increasing your knowledge and understanding of and improving self-awareness. So we encourage you to increase your awareness of positive mental health and let us know what you’ve learned. Some excellent websites we found useful include:
Help out, carry out a good deed and donate time, money or clothes. There are numerous benefits to helping others, giving promotes positive psychological changes in the brain associated with happiness. It also brings a sense of belonging, reduces isolation and helps to keep things in perspective. An act of kindness creates positive emotions which help improve confidence, boost happiness and reduces stress. What’s not to like?
So why not give one of these Five A Day a try? And possibly integrate them into your daily routine to get maximum benefits.
Remember it takes 21 days to change a habit and 90 days to make it stick. Tog go Bóg e and Enjoy.