Hey there, students! October is Mental Health Month, and it’s a crucial time to shine a light on an issue that often lurks in the shadows. As you hustle through the challenges of university life, it’s essential to prioritise your mental health. So, let’s dive into some tips and insights on maintaining your well-being during your academic journey.
University life in South Africa can be demanding. From juggling coursework and exams to managing your finances (funding stipend), the pressure can pile up. Remember, it’s okay to feel stressed or overwhelmed. The first step is to acknowledge your feelings.
One of the most important lessons to learn is that it’s okay to ask for help. Most South African universities offer support services for students dealing with mental health issues. Reach out to your institution’s counselling services, academic advisors, or student wellness centers.
You’re not alone on this journey.
South Africa is a diverse and vibrant nation, and the same holds true for your fellow students. Build connections and friendships. Sharing your experiences and concerns with peers can be incredibly comforting, and you’ll often find that you’re not the only one dealing with these issues.
Balancing your academic, social, and personal life is no small feat. To avoid stress and burnout, develop a structured schedule that includes study time, relaxation, and socialising. Prioritise tasks, set goals, and learn to say no when necessary.
Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary. Take time for activities that rejuvenate you. Whether it’s reading, painting, dancing, or simply lying on the grass and gazing at the stars, these moments can refresh your mind and spirit.
Eating well and exercising regularly are key factors in maintaining good mental health. South Africa offers a delicious array of foods, so explore local cuisine and incorporate nutritious choices into your diet. Exercise, even if it’s just a daily walk, can help alleviate stress and boost your mood.
In our bustling student lives, sleep often takes a back seat. But it’s crucial for mental well-being. Make sure you get enough rest. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your concentration, mood, and overall health.
University life is a journey, not a sprint. Set achievable goals, both academically and personally. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
Mindfulness and meditation can be powerful tools to manage stress and anxiety. Incorporate these practices into your daily routine. There are many apps and online resources that can guide you through meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Remember, your mental health matters. By acknowledging your feelings, seeking support, and practicing self-care, you can navigate the challenges of university life while maintaining a healthy mind and spirit.
Embrace this journey, remember to breathe and know that you are not alone 💛
Suicide Crisis Helpline
0800 567 567
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline
0800 12 13 14
Cipla Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789
NPOwer SA Helpline
0800 515 515
Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline
0800 21 21 21
UFS #Fair Kitchens Chefs Helpline
0800 006 333
Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline
0800 21 22 23
Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90
0800 55 44 33
Pharma Dynamics Police & Trauma Helpline
0800 20 50 2
011 234 4837
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