Today is University Mental Health Day; a national event that aims to raise awareness for protecting the mental well-being of students. It’s easy to think mental health only affects other people, but we are all vulnerable to battling mental health in exactly the same way as we have to cope with physical health conditions.
University Mental Health Day is right on time for those students whom are starting to get into the nitty-gritty of exam revision and starting to feel the pressure mount up. Of course, we all want to do well and working hard is the only way to do so, but throughout the stress-induced hours of panic spent in the library trying to soak up as much information as possible, there are 3 equally important things for you to remember.
1) Stay Organised
You’d be surprised just how much an organised head space, as well as physical work space, helps you in your study sessions! Studies such as Elizabeth Scott’s; ‘How to get organised to relieve stress’, describes organisation skills as the secret weapon to relieving stress, and exam season is no exception to this! So it’s time to get that desk cleared, get your revision timetable out and notice the difference in your productivity!
2) Ask for Help
According to the article ‘Asking for help is key to managing stress’ by Donna Marie, periods of stress can affect your thinking and cloud your ability to make logical decisions. Asking for help, however, will allow you the space to breathe and understand those worries, helping you to progress more efficiently. It’s important to look beyond ideas that your question isn’t worth someone else’s time, or being worried about seeming out of control- asking for help is a strong and sensible route to take, on the pathway to achieving the results you want!
3) Look after yourself
I probably sound a lot like your mum on the end of the phone at this point, but bear with me because you are important! You can have all the best textbooks and the most beautiful lecture notes in the world to work with, but if you’re not alert and ready to absorb all those facts, then it won’t matter how many books you have! Make sure you take time for yourself, even five minutes between study sessions to make a much-needed brew or check the post can go a long long way to helping you get those brain cells in action.
How simple does that all sound? It is 100% worthwhile, and it will really help to keep that unwanted stress at bay! Good luck, guys.
If you feel like you need more support, contact the student support team, or see your GP.