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HEALTH & WELLBEING

Mental Wellbeing Tips

By RGrant 15 Feb 2021

It is the RGU Mental Health Day on Thursday 4 March.

To help us celebrate, share your own mental wellbeing tips on social media and tag #rgumentalhealthday and #rguhere4u.

Our Top Mental Wellbeing Tips

  1. Make a bit of “me” time every day. What do you love doing – it only needs to take ten minutes? From listening to a favourite song, to walking along the beach, to reading a much-loved book, let us know what matters to you – and that’s why it matters to take time for it. This should be on your to do list each day.
  2. Exercise – as simple as walking round the block each day, moving our body is good for us, and releases chemicals that can improve our mood.
  3. Diet – try to include your “five a day” (fruit and veg) as much as possible. Giving your body the right vitamins and minerals helps your brain – and your mood – too.
  4. Breakfast – making time for the most neglected meal of the day is so important for your daytime energy levels, and your morning mood.
  5. Talk to friends – this is more important than ever in lockdown, and there are so many online ways to do this, or simply stick to the old-fashioned means and pick up the phone! It is so important to maintain peer communications. Remember, a problem shared can release a heavy burden from your shoulders; and hearing a different perspective can be really helpful.
  6. A good night’s sleep – our body needs rest, and this helps our brain/mood too.
  7. Social Media – can be lots of fun! However can also result in sensory overload. Make sure you have adequate breaks from this online stimulation during the day; better still, only check social media at certain planned times of the day.
  8. It’s okay not to be okay – if you are having a bad day, don’t be ashamed to confide this to your friends and flatmates. Despite the sunny world that social media can depict, everyone has sad or bad days. Admit it, and carry on regardless.

Study Stress

Studying can be stressful at times, but here are some really easy steps that may help you to cope:

  1. Give yourself breaks when studying, for example ten minutes for every complete hour.
  2. Set realistic goals, it is so important not to “set yourself up to fail.” Why not start with easy goals, and then make these more challenging as your confidence in your work increases?
  3. Mix onerous tasks with more easy ones; break up your study schedule.
  4. Book a study skills appointment – via Ask RGU or email studyskills@rgu.ac.uk

How to Support Others

Your flatmates can be a wonderful source of support. 

  1. Brainstorm together a list of how you can all help each other: what would you most like your flatmates to do for you?
  2. Take turns to make tea: and time for a break. A routine of breaks at certain times is a good idea.
  3. Set study goals together, help each other stick to them.
  4. Have a code for when you’re feeling down, so your flatmates know to help. Or a post-it note on your door – a different colour for a different mood. Learn how to help each other.
  5. Respect each other’s “me” time. A “Do Not Disturb” message is not a personal rejection.
  6. Learn your flatmates’ likes and dislikes. Know how to treat them to something special when they are having a bad day.
  7. Boardgames – old-fashioned, but a simple and fun way to relax together, and to bond as a household.

How to Seek Support

There are very many avenues of support at RGU.

  1. Inclusion Centre – temporary and permanent disabilities and learning difference
    inclusion@rgu.ac.uk
  2. Counselling and Wellbeing Centre – offer confidential chat opportunity
    counselling@rgu.ac.uk
  3. Immigration and Visa Support – are you on a student visa? Your Immigration team can also assist you if you are struggling.
    isa@rgu.ac.uk
  4. RGU ResLife – Wellbeing Support and Engagement Opportunities
    reslife@rgu.ac.uk
  5. Financial Assistance
    financialassistance@rgu.ac.uk

RGU:Union

  1. RGU:Union Advice & Support
    advice@rguunion.co.uk
  2. RGU Peer Support - A student-led peer to peer service
    peersupport@rguunion.co.uk
  3. RGU:Nightline - A student-led peer to peer helpline that offers a non-judgmental, confidential and anonymous listening and support service to students at Robert Gordon University outside of academic hours (operating form 8pm through until 8am).
    Phone: 01224 26 36 46
    listening@rgu.nightline.ac.uk 

External Listening Services

  1. Samaritans
    Phone: 116 123 (24 hours)
    Chat online 
  2. Breathing Space
    Phone: 0800 83 85 87 - open 24 hours at the weekends and from 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Mon-Thurs).
    Chat online 

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