Now that Trimester 1 is well under way, it is easy to get caught up in due dates and deadlines while rushing from task to task. But it’s important to remember to look after yourself and your wellbeing along the way.
Wellbeing is not just the absence of disease or illness. It’s a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health.
Support your wellbeing by using these building blocks:
A healthy, well-nourished and well rested body provides the foundation for mental wellbeing. Be active for at least 30 minutes per day, eat a well-balanced diet and prioritise your sleep.
As a uni student, you’re already keeping your brain occupied with lots of new learning. But you may also enjoy engaging your mind in different types of mental challenges. This can be as simple as doing a daily Sudoku or Wordle puzzle or listening to an engaging podcast on a topic unrelated to your studies.
Performing an act of kindness can give your mind a boost of positivity.
Regardless of whether we are introverts or extroverts, humans have evolved to be social. Connecting with others can be as simple as catching up with family or friends, inviting your classmates to join you for coffee or joining a club.
Mindfulness can help you feel better and reduce stress. Taking time to pause, take a deep breath and focus on your thoughts and the world around you can help you improve your mental wellbeing.
Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve your mood. Connecting with nature can be as easy as going for a walk outside, having a picnic or doing some gardening.
For more tips and advice, and to find out how you can reach out for more support visit Griffith’s Online Health and Wellness Centre.