Looking after yourself while studying

It's important to look after your mental health as a student, especially in tricky times. These tips and resources can help.

Wellbeing tips for students during the pandemic

It’s hard to stay motivated to study if you’re in full lockdown! If Greater Manchester was to be in a situation where students for schools, college and university have to study from home, one of the most useful things you can do is build a daily routine.

Mornings matter

Start your morning with a personal routine that leaves you feeling energised and ready for the day ahead. Have a bath or shower, get dressed in something that isn’t pyjamas, eat breakfast, drink water, and do a home workout (if exercise is your thing). It will leave you feeling awake and focused.

Structure helps

Try to plan your days with a to-do list so you always feel like there’s something going on that day. You can schedule your entire day with calendar blocking on your smart phone or laptop/pc if you have one. Don’t forget to reward yourself with treats after doing a specific task. It really helps with motivation! Treats can be a quick blast of your favourite show, a walk in the sunshine, or whatever else won’t take too much time but will feel like a proper reward.

A pandemic is not a productivity competition. Do the best you can!

Exam stress

When exam time comes up it's often a stressful time. Make sure you take care of basics like sleeping, eating and hydrating well. They really help! Try to revise as early as you can so you don't have any panic from last-minute cramming sessions. Keep to-do lists and revision planners - and don't forget little treats like connecting with friends. When it comes to exam day, make sure you know exactly what's expected of you so you don't have to worry about being late or not being sure what you're meant to do. When you get your results, don't forget to get in touch with the Exam Results Helpline. They can help you figure out your next steps - you don't have to go it alone.

Problems at school…?

The Young Minds website has lots of great tips if you're struggling at school for any reason. They'll help you understand what you can do, and offer ways to get help. Your problems at school might range from bullying or anxiety to needing extra help with schoolwork or specific challenges like dyslexia or autism. Young Minds have got it covered.

Young Minds

Need help with…?

If you need help with any of the following, you can download NHS guides for undergraduates. Click here to view and download all the self-help leaflets available.

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol and you
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Controlling Anger
  • Depression and low mood
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Food for thought
  • Health anxiety
  • Hearing voices
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Panic
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Postnatal depression
  • Self-harm
  • Shyness and social anxiety
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stress

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Mental health support for Greater Manchester uni students

Have you heard of the Greater Manchester Universities Mental Health Service?

The NHS is partnering with five universities (University of Bolton, University of Salford, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music) to provide mental health assessment and support for local university students. If you’re at one of these universities, there’s mental health support available for you to help you fulfil your university ambitions and experience. This service is supported by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Referrals to this service are via your university.

Initial referrals: Contact info for GM Universities Counselling & wellbeing services

University of Manchester, Crawford House, 5th floor

Tel number for referrals: 0161 275 2864

Email for referrals: counselling.service@manchester.ac.uk

Website: https://www.counsellingservice.manchester.ac.uk/

Wellbeing @ University of Manchester

Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School

Tel number for referrals: 0161 247 3493

Email: counselling@mmmu.ac.uk

Website: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/counselling/contact-us/

Wellbeing @ Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Salford Counselling and Wellbeing Service, University House, Salford Crescent

Tel number for referrals: 0161 295 0023

Email: wellbeing@salford.ac.uk

Website: https://www.salford.ac.uk/askus/our-services/wellbeing-andcounselling/contacting-us

Wellbeing @ University of Salford

University of Bolton, Life Lounge, Chancellor Building

Tel number for referrals: 01204 903067

Email: MHAdvisor@bolton.ac.uk

Website: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentservices/lifelounge/

Wellbeing @ University of Bolton

Royal Northern College of Music

Tel number for Counselling & Wellbeing referrals: 0161 907 5219

Email: wellbeing@rncm.ac.uk

Website: www.rncm.ac.uk/wellbeing

Wellbeing @ Royal Northern College of Music

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