Uni can be overwhelming…

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University can be a very overwhelming time. Whether you are right at the start of your journey and trying to make friends, or you’ve got a deadline coming up and you’re feeling stressed about it, uni life can sometimes get a bit much.

So we’ve go some tips on how to deal with feeling overwhelmed at uni:

Talk to your peers
Chances are your fellow students are feeling similar to you; opening up to others can really help you get through a feeling or problem. Starting a conversation can be difficult but it doesn’t need to be too heavy, something as simple as “are you feeling a bit bogged down with all these deadlines?” can help to kick things off

Give yourself some time for self-care
Often uni life can get very busy and you might not always find the time to give yourself time for self-care but spending just 10 minutes a day where you focus on looking after your physical and mental health can really help. It could be as simple as listening to a podcast on your walk into uni!

Face the problem
Acknowledging that things are getting on top of you is a really positive step to helping yourself feel less overwhelmed. Seek out the help you need and get things straight before they get worse. Remember that looking for help doesn’t always mean approaching a service, it could be accessing an online self-help guide or contacting a friend to talk through a plan of action to get on top of things. However, if you do feel you need professional help please take a look at the services at the end of the post.

Know that it won’t last forever
This feeling or period of difficulty won’t last forever. You’re often stronger than you realise and coming through a difficult time will make you even more resilient the next time a rough patch comes along. Perhaps thinking of a instance in the past that was particularly challenging and remembering that you got through it before and that you can definitely get through it again!

For help and advice whilst studying at NTU, take a look at the following for sources of support.
Support from NTU
Silvercloud: SilverCloud is our online system designed to help with a range of mental health issues.
Depression advice
Counselling
Wellness in Mind: Advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing
Struggling at Uni? Go to Student Minds
10 Keys to happiness

We are always looking for NTU students to write for our blog so if you are interested please do get in touch at healthyntu.@ntu.ac.uk

 


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