4 Tips to Look After Your Mental Health at University

4 Tips to Look After Your Mental Health at University

Daniel Hall 28/01/2021 2
4 Tips to Look After Your Mental Health at University

University students have had a tough time of it over the past few months.

They’ve been stuck in their student flats in lockdown, had their studies put on hold, and are continually dealing with the uncertainty and worry that comes from studying in the middle of a global pandemic. On top of this, you have the usual student pressures of academia, peer pressure, financial struggles, self-esteem, and being away from home for the first time in your life.


It’s understandable then, that many university students find that their mental health takes a toll during the course of their higher education. Issues like depression and anxiety are common throughout higher education. A third of all university students experience mental health issues for which they need professional help, so it’s crucial you take steps to look after yourself.

If you are struggling with your mental health at university, here are a few simple tips to help you cope.

Create a Routine

Your life may feel like it’s all up in the air at the moment, and you don't know if you’re coming or going. But it’s important to have a sense of structure to keep you balanced. Even though things are changing all the time, you should try to create a routine in your day. Get up at a similar time each day and have your schedule planned out. This will help create a comforting framework as well as ensuring you make time for important tasks like essays and reading. 

Talk to People

If you’re feeling low, there’s a good chance that other students are feeling the same way too. Talking to people is one of the best ways to boost your mental wellbeing. It can make you feel happier, more positive, and less stressed, as well as potentially being a source of advice for coping with your situation. If you have no close friends you can talk to, most universities will offer a mental health service, or you can call a helpline such as the Samaritans.


Technology is one of the worst contributors to mental health problems. Too much time online scrolling through Instagram and reading gloomy news headlines can make you feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. Even though you might need your laptop and phone for your degree, try to spend as little time as possible in the digital world. Make time to disconnect, read a book, chat with your friends, and enjoy more wholesome analogue activities. Here are some ideas for tech-free ways to enjoy university.

Get Outside


Nature has proven benefits for your mental health, and sometimes, all it takes is a short walk in the sunshine to make you feel a lot better. Even though the nation is stuck indoors, you are still entitled to your daily exercise, so make the most of it. Get outside each day for a run, bike ride, walk, swim, or whatever form of activity makes you feel good. You will feel fitter and stronger, and your stress levels will plummet.

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  • Patrick Dufour

    I feel better when I get outside. Lockdown is killing my positive vibes.

  • Lee Wainwright

    Interesting tips

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Daniel Hall

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Daniel Hall is an experienced digital marketer, author and world traveller. He spends a lot of his free time flipping through books and learning about a plethora of topics.

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