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Here are four things you can try to improve your mental wellbeing.
Many studies have shown that people who have social support from family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.
When you first move to a new country, you might be feeling alone and homesick. However, by making new connections, you can find a sense of belonging, share fun experiences and support each other.
There are many ways to make friends, such as joining clubs or going to student events. Or, perhaps there is someone in your class that you’ve been chatting to – look for an event, festival or concert coming up and invite them to go with you.
Exercise is proven to have huge benefits for mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health. Exercise improves memory and brain function. It also releases chemicals that make you feel good which can lower symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
Even walking around the block has its benefits! If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, stepping outside can help to prevent tight muscles in your neck, shoulders, back and legs.
If you find exercise challenging, here are a few tips to get you started:
As a form of meditation, focusing on your breath can relieve anxiety and stress, lower your heart rate and make sure your blood is full of oxygen.
Here is a simple breathing exercise to slow your breath and calm yourself down.
Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment rather than the past or the future. It is a great way of managing and relieving stress. It is particularly effective if you tend to worry about things that might happen.
Mindfulness is very easy to do – a simple five or 10 minutes of mindfulness can help your emotional and mental state.
One simple exercise is paying attention to the world around you. It can be done in the home or outside while walking around.
To yourself, list:
This will help you feel connected to your surrounding environment and slow down your thoughts. It can even produce feelings of gratitude, which also has proven benefits.
Sometimes you can try everything to feel OK, but it just doesn't work. That’s when it’s time to reach out and get some help.
If you do feel isolated, anxious or depressed while studying in Australia, there’s a range of mental health support services available for students.
Please reach out and ask for help if you need it.