Your mind, like the rest of your body needs looking after in order to stay healthy. You can make important changes to your lifestyle which can have a massive impact on your health and happiness. Here are some 10 ways to look after your mind and body:
Ensuring you get enough sleep is vital to maintain a healthy mind and body. Avoiding caffeinated drinks in the evenings and exercising in the daytime are useful ways of making sure you sleep well.
2. Eat well
You are what you eat, so eat well! Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid over consumption of sugar and caffeine as these can cause you to crash and burn.
3. Stay in touch with Friends and Family
Friends and family can help you feel supported and cared for. They can provide advice, help solve practical problems and keep you active and grounded.
4. Drink Sensibly
Alcohol can make you feel better temporarily, but misuse can cause as many problems as it solves. If you feel like you are drinking too much contact your GP or Alcohol Concern runs a help line on: 0800 917 8282
5. Plan Ahead
There’s nothing worse than staying up all night doing and essay or cramming in revision in before your exam and both can cause serious stress. Having a diary with your work deadlines in it can help you plan ahead and do your work ahead of schedule.
Doing nice things for other people, or taking part in community can be incredibly rewarding and can help to create connections with likeminded people.
Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good. Regular exercise can help you concentrate, sleep, feel and look good. SOAS has many sports societies which can also be a great way to meet new people
8. Take Breaks
No one can work all the time and it’s important to give your brain time off. Going for a walk, drinking tea or exercise are all great ways to distress you.
9. Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings is a good way to deal with difficult times and problems. Talking about things is not a sign of weakness but about taking control of your life and doing what you can to stay healthy.
10. Ask for Help
If you are feelings stressed, depressed or have any other problems then don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seeking help early is the best course of action and can minimise problems later on. For information about counselling and other services at SOAS email Student Services on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the 3rd floor of Vernon Square, room V302. The NHS also provides many helpful services which can be accessed through your GP, or advice can be sought through NHS direct at http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/ .