5 tips to stay mentally healthy while you study
Sep 07, 2017
Category: Counselling Courses
Between assignments, family, social life and work, studying can sometimes be a stressful experience.
Almost half of all Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and new research from mental health organisation headspace shows that more Australian students are stressed, anxious and depressed than ever before.
And that means the odds are that you or someone you know is probably going through a hard time right now.While we provide support and advice to help make your time at TrainSmart as smooth and convenient as possible, there are still additional things you can do to look after your mental health.
In the lead-up to World Mental Health Day on October 10, here are 5 tips to stay mentally healthy while you complete your studies:
- Organise your time
Time management is critical to managing stress while you study. And while stress is not a mental illness, it can trigger or exacerbate it in someone who’s already vulnerable.
That means developing solid time management skills can help you stay in control of your studies, which can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing.
When you begin your course, take some time to read through your course materials thoroughly and note down any important due dates in your calendar. A study plan can help you prepare for any assignments or tests, instead of being caught off guard and panicking if you forget a course requirement due to lack of preparation.
- Read and take notes
Much like organising your time, being thorough with your learning and writing down important points can help you minimise stress.
Whether you’re learning face-to-face or online, always take notes during classes – you won’t necessarily remember everything later on, and it could save you a headache down the line. It might also be helpful to create a comfortable study space at home where you know you won’t be distracted.
- Chat to your trainer or a friend
Many people feel ashamed or embarrassed if they’re struggling with their mental health and, as a result, keep that struggle to themselves.
The consequence is that they suffer in silence, and might even drop out of their studies because they’re struggling to keep their head above water.
And while your personal trainer might not be a mental health professional, they’re there to listen to any concerns or struggles you might have around your course – and help you work out a solution. You might also find it helpful to speak to a friend if you’re really struggling with your mental health, or even a doctor – there’s always someone to help.
- Stay active and eat well
The benefits of exercise and eating healthily are well documented – whether you’re studying or not!
Apart from keeping your body healthy and protecting your mental health, exercise can help you stay energetic and focused, while healthy snacks like nuts and vegetables can help fuel your brain with the power it needs to get through even the toughest of assignments.
- Maintain relationships
Especially if your course delivery mode is entirely online it makes maintaining your relationships with your family, friends and community incredibly important to your mental wellbeing.
As such, make sure you devote some time each week to relaxing and having fun: plan a catch-up with friends, get involved in a group activity or volunteer in your local community. After all, life is all about balance!
Inspired to help people with mental health issues transform their lives for the better? Get in touch with us today to learn more about our Diploma of Mental Health or Certificate IV in Mental Health, which are aligned with skilled occupations in high demand across Western Australia.