The Pandemic has highlighted how critical and fragile our Mental Health is. This is especially true for students, most of whom have had the “best years of their lives” completely turned around. The promise of the vaccine seems to bring some form of hope that the world will return to normal. However, the long-lasting effects of the virus will mean a difficult transition for students entering the job market. Therefore, it is important to highlight how to keep your mental well-being in check.  

Also remember when you’re feeling down. YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE FEELING THIS WAY! 

It is very important to make sure you leave the house every day. You don’t need to be training for a marathon but it is important to walk to a coffee shop or even go for a jog if you’re really feeling yourself.  

We don’t mean to sound like your parents when it comes to stressing the importance of a good night’s rest. But when you lack good sleep, your body doesn’t produce enough serotonin and dopamine to roundhouse kick stress and anxiety. A bit of exercise should help you successfully hit the hay. Remember “early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy (in whatever sense you want to be wealthy) and wise!”. 

Friends or family are always there to help. Even if this means organizing calls or helping your friend build an online dating profile you should welcome any distraction! Maybe connect with a friend you haven’t spoken too since childhood via text. Organize a zoom poker tournament with your friends. Maybe you’ve got some cousins you don’t talk to much, check in with them!  

Finding a new hobby, whether its picking up chess, painting, hiking or whitling, it could give you something to look forward to. Further, it can give you something to include in your C.V (employers are bound to ask what you did during this pandemic).It’s important to stay busy and keep your mind sharp.  

This is easier said than done, but scrolling through Instagram and seeing the “you’re all caught up” banner is never fun. Try keep your screen time to a minimum- hobbies will help with this! If a hobby is not sufficient in distraction, try turning on daily reminder notifications on social media apps. You might find you’re happier and healthier taking more time to unplug.  

Make sure you acknowledge your small wins. We’re not saying you shouldn’t worry about certain issues, but during this pandemic the days blend into weeks. One solution is to make sure to separate the weekdays from the weekend. Try out the hot new IPAs on the weekend or relax with a Korean facemask and cucumber slices.

Take a look in the mirror and unleash your inner Lizzo!