Take time for yourself
Meditation is a buzz word at the moment but it can be a difficult thing to learn and do successfully. We've all tried it in the office with varying degrees of success but what we keep reminding ourselves is that even if you manage 2 minutes a day, it can still have benefits to your mental health. There are amazing free guided meditations on YouTube or you can try the app Headspace. Some of us use it at the BAA and swear by it.
There is too much pressure around meditation to try to get in a 'clear, focused' mindset and if you're not doing that, you're not meditating properly. That is simply not true. Meditation at its root is a chance for you to stop. To be still in a peaceful environment. Ultimately some 'you time', even if your head is rushing with thoughts!
Some BAA staff mediate in the car going to work, some of our staff do it for a few minutes before they go to bed. It doesn't matter. If you've not tried it or you've lapsed, try a few minutes a day. Use some guided meditation to help keep your focus.
If meditation is not your thing, then try to make some time for just you. Do what you love, take a long walk, get out in nature, read that book that's been sitting on your shelf for ages. Alternatively, if you have too much time on your hands, this can also be negative for your mental health.
Try to set yourself small, personal challenges in the day, whether that's physical, academic, or just making yourself more accessible to friends and family. If you're on your own a lot your mental health can suffer. Try to make contact with someone. Call that friend who's been trying to get hold of you, take up that hobby you've been thinking about for a while.
It's also okay to surrender to your feelings. As long as you pay attention to how you're feeling. It's not about ignoring your feelings or trying to smother them out with things to do. Recognising how you feel is a huge step in being able to improve your mental health.