Looking after yourself

Wellbeing is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health.

Sometimes, using self-help strategies can help with wellbeing and the document on the right shows some research that has been done in this space.

It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else.

These activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional and we would always suggest you talk to someone you trust if you need to, perhaps your teacher or an adult you trust.

Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it.

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When you’re not feeling great, it can be hard to know what will help you to feel better. The Student Minds Organisation have put together some ideas that you might find helpful:

Getting into a good sleep routine

  • Regular sleep and wake times.

  • Reduce screen time before bed.

  • Do something relaxing before bed like yoga or reading.

  • Use an alarm clock rather than your phone, to reduce temptation to sit and scroll in the morning.

  • Keep your room tidy and change your bedsheets regularly.

  • Write down to-dos and worries before bed so it’s easier to switch off.

Be mindful of your environment

  • Clean and declutter.

  • Spend time outdoors in the fresh air and nature.

  • Take in the beauty of your surroundings.​​

Do something that you enjoy

  • Volunteer - check out this article from Student Hubs about how volunteering can benefit mental health. Find out how you can get involved in volunteering by talking to your university volunteering office; Student Hubs or local volunteer centre.

  • Do something creative: draw, scrapbook, write, knit, dance, play an instrument.

  • Play a board game or a computer game.

  • Read a book or blog.

  • Watch your favourite TV show or film.

  • Listen to music that makes you happy.

  • Meditate or try mindfulness - this TED talk provides an informative introduction to the ideas behind mindfulness.

Thinking about food

  • Eat a balanced diet.

  • Treat yourself!

  • Cook for yourself and learn a new skill.

  • Drink lots of water.

Making time for physical activity

  • Go for a walk or a bike ride.

  • Try something gentle like yoga or pilates.

  • Take up a team sport and get to know other people.

Deciding who to spend time with

With others

  • Catch up with family and friends from home.

  • Do something you enjoy with friends.

  • Spend time with a pet.


  • Take some ‘me time’ and relax.

  • Plan a fun day for yourself and do the things you enjoy.