And while it’s promising that professionals, charities and the public are focusing more attention on the matter, there’s still much more to be done. The impact of cuts to student-support funding are apparent.
The effects of ignored mental health issues can be huge, and sometimes it’s just the little things that can make a big positive difference here. In a survey we conducted earlier this year, one in three people said they wanted to improve their peace of mind this year, while 15% said they often fail to make positive changes because they feel unhappy.
Central YMCA was founded in 1844 and we’ve been working to improve the lives of young people since then. We open them up to new opportunities and break down life’s barriers.
To help keep a healthy body and mind throughout your studies we’ve pulled together five top tips to keep in mind:
1. Recognise the strong link between healthy minds and healthy bodies.
There’s tons of studies proving the link between exercising and how you feel mentally. And while joining a gym or exercise club is sometimes not feasible on a budget, it might not cost you a thing nowadays, in a world of great mobile apps and YouTube. We now have access to pretty much anything at our finger tips – from yoga tutorials, to simple running apps – there’s something out there for everyone. Finding activities like this could save you money, and positively affect your positivity and wellbeing.
2. Make time for you.
Take some downtime to work out what it is that relaxes you. You might decide to do some relaxation exercises, take up yoga with a friend, or even just plan to set aside an hour completely to yourself each night to do whatever you please with.
3. Make it pay.
If you already have the exercise bug you could take an entry level course, and train your fellow students. This can pay well and is a good way to focus your mind on something that is meaningful to you and meet like-minded students.