It’s okay not to be okay.

As a student, life in higher education can resemble a wild rollercoaster. Balancing multiple responsibilities, from part-time jobs and coursework to extracurricular activities and a social life, can make it challenging to acknowledge, let alone prioritize, your mental health.

A study reveals that over 60 per cent of college students have experienced at least one mental health issue, with common conditions including anxiety, depression, substance use, and eating disorders.

However, just because these issues are common doesn’t mean you have to endure them silently. In this article, we’ll explore practical tips for nurturing your mental well-being while navigating the highs and lows of student life.

All-nighter is your enemy, not your friend


While many of us lean toward becoming night owls, it’s essential to prioritize sleep for our mental well-being. Though it’s easier to find the peace and quiet in the night for the sake of your mental health, sleep should not be sacrificed.

Inadequate sleep has been linked to an increased risk of mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts. Additionally, quality sleep enhances attention, learning, and memory—crucial factors for effective learning and academic success.

Getting a solid seven hours of sleep can be challenging, especially for those with busy schedules. To support your sleep routine, we are offering 5000 free one-year subscriptions to Headspace. This app provides a range of tools, including Sleepcasts, music, and bedtime audio, to promote restful nights.

For Lakeshore campus students, if campus life becomes overwhelming, remember to explore the Zen Zone—a dedicated relaxation space located on the lower level of IGNITE’s K Building

Have a solid exercise routine


People always say: “I don’t have time for this.” But believe me, it is all worth it eventually. Not only will you have a stronger body, your mental health will improve as well. One study from the University of Vermont found that just 20 minutes of exercise can boost your mood for 12 hours.

Remember, you don’t have to bench 300 pounds to be active (and hurt yourself unintentionally). You don’t have to work out at gym you could also take a stroll around your neighbourhood to help regulate your mood.

As a post-secondary student, you should make the most out of the school’s facility. All Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students can enjoy free fitness facilities and drop-in sports at the gym. All you need to do is bring your Student ID and work out clothes!

Find a hobby that you enjoy


What’s a better way to avoid negative overthinking than to think about the things you love?

Self-care looks different for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to practice it. In fact, the tips that we just listed, like exercise and getting enough sleep, totally count as forms of self-care.

Some people may enjoy sports, others might like collecting sneakers or building LEGOs, as long as it brings you joy and excitement it counts!

If you don’t know what you like, try everything by yourself!

We also offer a wide variety of clubs that you should definitely have a look into. You could even start one to connect with those who share the same passion.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask


Sometimes, it can be hard to admit to yourself that you’re struggling. Plus, it is not always easy to share your personal stories, even with your friends and family.

But, the more you hold onto it for yourself, things might feel worse. Reach out to trust-worthy sources for support. Here’s a list of Humber resources that you can turn to:

Remember that you are not alone. IGNITE is always here to support you!

Nurturing mental health as a student is essential for academic success and overall well-being. By prioritizing self-care, both mentally and physically, you can strike a healthy balance that will result in significant long-term benefits for yourself.

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