Bill Gates, a multi-billionaire, invented the personal computer. He’s in the top ten smartest men alive suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, which is in fact a mental illness.
“Mental illness”: these words have so many negative connotations. But this subject has been more heavily talked about over the past several years, with help being more readily available and stigmas removed. A term I’ve heard more recently is ‘mental wellness’. According to the World Health Organisation, ‘mental wellness’ is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Sounds good right? Here are my ten tips for students, that have helped me towards this.
1) Declutter you desk and/or room
Try and take as many things as you can off of desks and surfaces and put them in drawers. Only put things out on show than make you happy/are aesthetically pleasing (e.g pictures, plants, other nice organised looking paraphernalia).
2) Get rid of 5 things you never use
Do it. It’ll clear your mind and your space and may even encourage you to have a full on sort out.
3) Put a plant or candle in your home
Yes those urban outfitters candles are hideously overpriced but they smell like sunshine and bring endless joy.
4) Encourage someone who’s working hard
They will appreciate it more than you will know.
5) Go one entire day without complaining
Or even just a few hours… we are British after all.
6) Call someone you love
Nan’s and siblings really appreciate this.
7) Don’t gossip
This one can be hard but it’s important not to spread negativity, even though it’s hard when people are being… well, people. But trying to be less bitchy will bring you more happiness.
8) Enjoy the little things
Wait, wait; I know this one can induce an eye roll. But try really listening to the lyrics of a song, taking it in when someone’s tells you about their day, i.e. listening with the intent to understand rather than the intent to reply. Slowing down and enjoying the moment can really help mental wellness.
9) Forgive someone (even if it’s really really hard)
And finally; 10) ASK FOR HELP.
A few months ago I was going for a rough time myself. It was only when a teacher had noticed my lack of motivation and general disinterest in participating that I actually noticed myself and decided to change. It sounds like crap but more times than you think happiness can be a decision, I figured out that life gets out when you put in. When things got hard I tried to shut off my feelings and ‘get through my situation’ which of course is never the right way to go which I found out the hard way.
I would like to tell any students that read this to choose happiness. If stress and lack of motivation has become a big part of your life choose to change. Whether its friends making you unhappy, your course or even your diet of pot noodles and oven pizza (a hard habit to break I know). Break the cycle and the rest will follow.
In The Student Seat: Nikki