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“During lockdown we’ve tried to be more self-aware of how we’re feeling. As momentous occasions have passed us by, we think about how that impacts our mental health. People have had birthdays, weddings, births, funerals and even graduated – life keeps moving. Just as these events mark defining moments in life, choosing a university will affect the rest of your life too, which is why it's so important to take time to check in with yourself and look after your mental health as a student. Transitioning and getting settled can be overwhelming, but there are things that you can do to help give you some peace of mind and help you keep moving forward. 1️⃣Take breaks Staring at a computer screen and overworking yourself are two things that can feel productive at times, but can also be your worst enemy. A lot of signifiers of your mental health, are physical: tiredness, low moods, and headaches. It’s important to take breaks and to listen to your body. Avoid just switching from one screen to another – the days I take time away from technology leave me more refreshed. Give yourself time to rest. Just for five minutes; meditate, take a stretch, go for a walk, read, cook, dance... the possibilities are endless! 2️⃣Learn to prioritise and time manage When you have a mountain of things you need to get done, it can be overwhelming and a big contributing factor to a lot of students’ stress. Not to sound dramatic, but learning to prioritise tasks and to manage your time effectively is a life skill! 3️⃣Talk about the decisions you’re making Seek support from family and friends, or in the ARU Facebook group. Take time to vent or ask for advice. You aren’t alone making these choices and there might be other people asking the same questions or needing the same kind of support. 4️⃣Engage with us! Getting involved with your university via social media is a great way to feel connected and to find support. ARU’s Facebook group for offer holders is the perfect place to meet other students, as well as Student Ambassadors like myself!” -Zoe, BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature #ARUProud #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #MentalHealthMatters #WellbeingTips #UniversityLife

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