Ways to Keep Your Mind Happier
Here are some ways to keep your mind happy:
Get into a routine
Whilst getting into a routine can be tough, your mind will be super thankful for it. Before you jump right into starting a routine, you might want to plan out your time to see how much you require for everything you do. For example, you might know that you’ll need a minimum of 10 hours self-study time per week and a minimum of 3 hours doing sports practice – you can divide these up in your free time. Once you’ve decided what is essential, you can incorporate this into a daily routine.
Reduce your amount of screen time
Believe it or not, there are actually things to do besides scrolling through social media. Why not put down your phone an hour before sleeping and pick up a book to read as an alternative? Using your phone before sleeping has been proven to make it harder for you to fall asleep and sleep is important for you mind. Your phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle.
Prioritise your tasks
If you feel as though your uni work is getting on top of you, you might want to consider prioritising your tasks. A great way of doing this is by listing all of the tasks & activities you’ve got to complete, then writing down their due date and an estimated time of how long it’s going to take to complete. You will visually see what could be more important and what’s going to be the most time consuming. There are some great online tools such as ClickUp and Monday if you prefer to work online – both of these have free options!
Aim for AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep
According to the NHS, most adults require between 6-9 hours of sleep per night. The ideal amount of sleep varies from person to person. Sleep powers the mind and restores the body, so make sure you get enough of it!
Drink water and stay hydrated
Some people will simply overlook the power of drinking enough water, don’t let that be you! Hydration can impact the brain, as well as the body. Research has shown that even mild dehydration can have a negative impact on moods and may heighten anxiety.
Make time for self-care and cooking meals
How good does it feel when you get into bed with clean duvet sheets on after you’ve just eaten your freshly prepared dinner, had a shower and completed your skincare routine? Eating less processed foods can have a huge impact, not only physically but mentally too! Making time to take care of yourself is often underestimated, but it’s definitely a vital step in making your mind happier and healthier!
Most importantly, RELAX and try not to get carried away with any worries (as hard as that can sometimes be)!