Mental health awareness week (MHAW) 15 – 21 May 2023
What are mental health boosters?
By Jennie Soh
As students, maintaining a healthy mental state is essential for success, not just in university, but in life. To do this, we may use mental health boosters, which help to manage stress and maintain a positive mind. While many of us are familiar with mental health boosters such as meditation, healthy eating, and socializing, this blog will explore novel mental health boosters that might offer a fun and refreshing experience and go beyond the typical suggestions!
Create a Self-Care Kit
A self-care kit is a collection of items and activities that bring you comfort and help you re-centre. They can be physical objects, like a stress ball or a soft blanket, or activities, like listening to a favourite song or engaging in a creative hobby. Choose something from your kit whenever you feel like giving your brain a much-needed break!
Practice Gratitude Journaling
Set aside a few minutes to list three things you’re grateful for each day. They can be simple, like a delicious meal, finishing an assignment, or a kind gesture from a friend. By focusing on positive experiences, you can cultivate a more optimistic outlook and better manage stress! Plus, keeping a gratitude journal can help you reflect on your growth and accomplishments throughout your time at university.
Create a Worry Window
Instead of being preoccupied with worries throughout the day, designate a specific time for them. Set aside a few minutes each day as your “worry window” – a period when you allow yourself to acknowledge your concerns and fears. During this time, write down your worries and possible solutions. Then, once the window closes, allow yourself to let go of your stresses and focus on your tasks.
The Pomodoro Technique with a Twist
You might have heard of the Pomodoro Technique, which involves breaking your work into intervals (usually 30 minutes) with short breaks in between. But have you tried combining it with mindfulness? In this approach, instead of taking a usual break, take a 5-minute mindfulness break. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing or do a body scan. Then, return to your tasks with renewed energy and clarity.
Remember that your mental health is just as important as your academic performance. By incorporating these mental health boosters into your routine, you are not only taking care of yourself but also preparing yourself for success!