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Unlock your potential as a university student by prioritizing your well-being. Discover the keys to academic excellence through a balanced focus on mental health, nutritious eating, and an active lifestyle. Welcome to a holistic approach to student health, where wellness fuels achievement.

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Mental health plays a critical role in the well-being and academic success of university students

As a student, when you are able to understand and look after your mental health it aids other parts of student life like: Stress Management, Concentration and Learning, Emotional Resilience, Time Management, Healthy Relationships, Problem-Solving Skills, Creativity and Innovation, Self-Confidence, Overall Well-Being. Read our Blogs to find out more…

Find a balance between being content with where you are but still wanting to strive for more

- Hugh Jones 

Hi I'm Hugh, a final year medical student studying in the UK. I have noted down some thoughts on how you can maintain good mental health whilst still striving to achieve highly

Life is about balance. As a young adult, I used to adopt an all-or-nothing approach, seeking extremes to compensate for perceived inadequacies. It could be going out and getting absolutely hammered to counteract long study hours, comfort eating a ton of food and then over exercising believing that would balance it out or over-caffeinating because I didn’t sleep properly the night before because I was over filling my schedule. However, I've learned that this is unsustainable.

Instead, I've come to appreciate the importance of balancing contentment with a drive for growth. It's not a black-and-white scenario; it really is a spectrum. If you're too content, you miss out on personal growth and opportunities. Conversely, relentless perfectionism and a constant feeling of inadequacy leads to empty and unfulfilling achievements and a constant desire for more. The key is finding a harmonious middle ground, where you're content with who you are while still pursuing personal development and experiences

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Avoid perfectionism, strive for good enough.

High-achieving environments are characterized by high expectations, competition, and a relentless focus on success. These environments inadvertently foster perfectionism. In such settings, individuals often feel immense pressure to meet incredibly high standards. You start to develop this intense fear of failure, as you feel that any deviation from the path to success can be seen as a significant setback. Then when you don’t meet this perfect standard that you have set for yourself a huge amount of self-criticism enters the picture. What this then sets up is a cycle of negative reinforcement. Negative reinforcement is when your motivation arises from avoiding an unpleasant feeling (seen all the time in casual drinkers). 

Your work then becomes about this cycle of negative reinforcement and trying to constantly avoid the self-criticism. The piece that is vital to understand is that when your expectations are set so high nothing ever satisfies or meets them and so you find yourself stuck in this cycle of negative reinforcement;

 

unrealistic expectations → obsessive work towards an aim of perfectionism → self-criticism (→ unrealistic expectations …). This is a very damaging cycle.

I have always found it really odd. The are ‘super-stars’ that are idolised and put on a pedestal within Society; Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Steve Jobs etc.. They’re idolised but I don’t think anyone really acknowledges the fact that their mindset and perfectionistic standards, irrespective of their achievements, has probably lead to a lot of emotional turmoil and unhappiness in their life.

I think embracing the concept of ‘good-enough’ is a really good place to work towards if you find yourself in a perfectionistic frame of mind. Good-enough encourages a more balanced and realistic approach to life. It involves setting achievable standards and accepting that imperfections are a natural part of being human. You begin to learn that at every stage the imperfections will be areas that you can learn and improve from rather than being vessels for self-criticism.

- Hugh Jones 

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"The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk explores the impact of trauma on the brain, mind, and body.


The book highlights that trauma affects not only psychological well-being but also physical health, leading to a range of symptoms and dysregulation in bodily systems.


Van der Kolk presents evidence-based insights and therapeutic approaches to address trauma, including somatic experiencing, neurofeedback, EMDR, yoga, and mindfulness practices.


The author emphasizes the importance of integrating body-centered approaches in trauma treatment to promote healing and recovery.


"The Body Keeps the Score" offers compelling case studies and personal anecdotes to illustrate the profound influence of trauma and the transformative power of effective trauma treatment, providing hope and guidance for individuals, clinicians, and communities.

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Exercise 

In the crazy lifestyle of a student, where classes, assignments, and social activities often take center stage, the importance of exercise cannot be overstated. Whether you're hitting the gym, representing a sports team , or simply staying active to boost your overall well-being, exercise is the key to unlocking your full potential

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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is the secret weapon that fuels your brain for late-night study sessions and keeps the dreaded 'freshman flu' at bay. So, let's face it, relying on takeaways might be easy, but they do break your bank account , so trust us read more to find easy healthy recipes to chef up.

Time management

The key to success in university is mastering time management. Create a schedule that allocates dedicated time for classes, studying, and relaxation. Use tools like calendars and to-do lists to stay organized and prioritize tasks

Active learning

Forget being a study zombie! Don't just passively absorb information; engage with it. Take thorough notes during lectures, ask questions, and participate in discussions Engage with your material and teach your pet rock the theory if you have to! Make the effort to make studying engaging

Self-Care

 Don't Be a Zombie: Your brain is a precious resource, so treat it well. Sleep is like a power-up for your mind, healthy food is does wonders for your body, and exercise is your superhero training. Don't forget, even superheroes need a day off to !
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