Think Positive - Top 10 tips for a well-balanced you
TOP 10 TIPSFOR YOU
Eating five pieces of fruit or veg a day to stay healthy is not just good for our bodies. Eating healthily prevents you feeling sluggish and tired, increases concentration and give you themuch needed energy to stay awake for the last 10 minutes of a Friday afternoon lecture
Ok, so sweating it out at the gym every daymay not be everyone’s idea of fun, but justwalking more, or having a dance can actuallymake you feel happier. Joining a sports club orwalking club will also give you a chance tomeet people and try new things. Exercisereleases endorphins in the brain, stimulating abetter mood.
Socialising can also be beneficial to you, BUT this doesn’t always have to involve alcohol. Although you may think drink helps forgetyour worries, it can actually do the opposite. Alcohol is not a stimulant it is a depressant drug and should be used in moderation.
Having a laugh is always a good way toimprove your mood. Spending time with your friends or family can always make you feel good about yourself and life in general. An easy way to do this is by joining a society or club. Go to the Student union to see what societies can be formed.
Your mental health is influenced by yoursurroundings, so try to make your living spacesomewhere you want to be. Put photos up on your wall, make your room comforting.Managing money is really important too- debtand financial difficulties can be stressful. Living well doesn’t mean spending lots, being withfriends and looking after yourself can be done within budget
Make sure you don’t over do it. Being a student does mean course work, revision and exams but try to take breaks inbetween work and social time. Take a walk and get some fresh air-being in green spaces can help lift your mood.
Make the most of your spare time and do something FUN. Volunteering isn’t just something good to put on you CV, it’s a great way to meet new friends and dosomething for others. There’s lots you can do, from being a class rep to helping a good cause.
Its important to know where to go for support. Whether you just want to talk to someone, orneed help with a specific issue, there is always someone. At College you can call into to Learner Services or at the end of thispresentation there is a list of organisations out there who can also help you.
It can be easy to let the bad things overshadow your day and forget the little things that make you smile, especially when times are tough. Try to get into the habit ofending your day on a POSITIVE. Before you goto bed, write down the good things that have happened to make you smile
Sleeping and student life don’t alwaysseem to go together but you should aim for about 8 hours every night. A lack ofsleep not only causes tiredness but has been associated with mental problems
Depression Alliance Scotland http://www.dascot.org/Scottish Association for Mental Health http://www.samh.org.uk/ Samaritans – 24/7 support http://www.samaritans.org/ or call 08457 90 90 90
Drinkaware http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/ FrankAdvice and information on drug use www.talktofrank.com/ Bipolar Fellowship Scotlandhttp://www.bipolarscotland.org.uk/
National Schizophrenia Fellowship Scotland http://www.nsfscot.org.uk/ Students against depressions http://www.studentdepression.org/b-eat- leading UK Charity for eating disorders http://www.b-eat.co.uk/Home National Self-Harm Network http://www.nshn.co.uk/
Me – Working against stigma and discrimination of mental healthhttp://www.seemescotland.org.uk/