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Taking care of yourself during the exam and assessment period

Make sure you are taking regular breaks (this includes from looking at screens!), and make sure you are making time to eat, drink lots of water and get a decent amount of sleep –you won’t be functioning your best when you feel like a zombie.

Don’t stop doing those hobbies and interests that refresh and recharge you, these help keep you mentally strong to continue your revision.

When climbing your mountain don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view throughout your journey, take a moment to consider how far you have come since you started your course.  

Five tips for staying mentally healthy

City College Norwich student Jake created this great 2-minute video for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. Check out his top tips to help you stay mentally healthy.

How many of these can you tick off?

Things to try: Drink more water

It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Not drinking enough fluids, or having too many drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine, can leave you feeling sluggish, affect your sleep, and mean that you are less likely to perform at your best.

Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth. Plain tea, fruit tea and coffee (without added sugar) can also be healthy.

If you do not like the taste of plain water, try sparkling water or add a slice of lemon or lime. Or heat the water and infuse a tea bag, some coffee or a slice of lemon. You could also add some no-added-sugar squash or fruit juice for flavour.

The Eatwell Guide says we should drink 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower-fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count.

Things to try: Yoga

Focusing on your body's movement can be a great way to help calm a busy mind. 

Try this beginner yoga practice for anxiety and stress. Adrienne will help you move from the darkness back into the light and will guide you through breath and body practices for when you are feeling overwhelmed. 

Why not go for a walk, take a blanket or a yoga mat and breathe in some fresh air whilst doing the exercises? 

You will learn breathing techniques and spinal work that will help you in moments of stress. 

Things to try: Journaling

Journaling can really help your mental health and wellbeing, and many people journal each day to relieve stress and to understand what they are grateful for. 

Rashawnda's video below includes the benefits of journaling for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, confidence issues, anger and other mental health conditions.

Journaling is not a 'quick fix' for mental health, but it can certainly aid you in understanding yourself, your thoughts and your emotions.  

Things to try: Couch to 5K

Exercise is a brilliant activity for your mental health. Getting out for a walk, run or cycle can be a great way to calm your mind if you are feeling anxious, low, or overwhelmed.

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too. 

The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. Download the free Couch to 5K app and get involved.  

 

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