Mental Health + University (My Experience)
I tried to make a vlog whilst being productive as I'm really swamped with deadlines and exam revision at the moment, but I wanted to talk about my personal experiences with mental health struggles whilst I've been at university.
University is amazing, I've loved my time here so much and I'm so upset that second year is almost over, and I'll be heading into my final year next year. But in reality, university can sometimes really suck and it makes you feel really down on yourself. This has been a big part of my experience at university, and last year, I honestly felt truly alone. I don't think people talk enough about how tough and stressful university can be, and how much of an effect it can have on you mentally.
BUT, there is an upside! I've become SO MUCH better at managing my stress and low points now. It doesn't mean they don't happen, but it means that I don't let it take over and control my life. Last year, I needed help and I got it through one of the university services. I'll be quite honest, at the time, I didn't feel any changes in the short-term, but in the long-term the impact has been amazing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help, don't fall into that stigma, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you feel like you're not having a good time and struggling.
I've made a whole blog post before about how I try to manage my low-points so I'll link it here: https://studentblogs.warwick.ac.uk/law5/entry/how_to_get/
If you'd like to hear more about my experiences, here's a chatty vlog about it. I really wanted to share my feelings and thoughts because this time last year, I thought I was alone in how I was feeling. I wasn't. And you're not alone either. Trust me, to some extent, all of us have been there.
Take care of yourselves and happy revising!
- Rana x