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Starting university is a big change in your life. Whilst some of these changes and experiences may be enjoyable, some may be extremely challenging and could begin to affect your mental wellbeing or make existing issues worse.
There are five ways to wellbeing that are recommended:
Connect: develop and nurture your social relationships. Having a strong support network can help you through difficult times in life and can combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. In times like this, when you may be isolated for long periods of time, it is important to stay connected to friends and family.
Make the most of technology – video chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are a great way of staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues, particularly if you live far apart. Try to do this regularly.
Be Active: find physical activity that you enjoy. Incorporating physical activity into your day to the best of your ability is an excellent way of developing your mental wellbeing and is something you can do to boost our mood even at home.
Take Notice: look at the small things in life, this can improve mental wellbeing. Be mindful of what you are consuming by setting limits on your social media and news apps, and instead try reading or engaging in a mindfulness habit like yoga.
Learn: improve your self-esteem and keep mentally sharp. You could do this through trying something completely new or returning to activities you once did and have always meant to pick up again. Do a crossword puzzle or sudoku, or play a challenging game
Give: it is proven that people who volunteer their time in some way are more likely to rate themselves as happy and feel more connected to their community. Now more than ever, acts of kindness can go a long way in helping yourself and others.
De Montfort University
The university-wide approach to student wellbeing at De Montfort University is Healthy DMU, which provides resources to help you have a healthy, happy and productive time at university and develop habits that can enrich your wellbeing for years to come.
The Healthy DMU Hub brings together a whole range of activities to boost your health and wellbeing whilst at DMU and with a couple of clicks you can book onto events, sessions and appointments.
The Wellbeing Team offer a range of support including counselling which can give you the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who is impartial and separate from work, social and family life. The Mental Health Team support students with existing mental health conditions.