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Keeping mentally well is important to make the most of your study adventure.
While studying away from home is an exciting life experience, there are times you may feel overwhelmed or experience loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression.
During these challenging times, it’s important to recognise the pressures you may be under, whether it’s adjusting to a new environment or the added load of assignments and exams.
If you need professional help, you can feel assured knowing that depression and anxiety are automatically covered under Studentsafe policies. The policy covers all reasonable medical expenses incurred in New Zealand up to $20,000 for the treatmegnt of depression, stress, anxiety, mental or nervous disorder, suicide or attempted suicide or self-injury. However, there is no cover for medical expenses incurred outside New Zealand for the treatment of mental illness.
Here are a few ways to boost your resilience and sustain your mental wellness, so you can better cope with life’s challenges.
1. Do more things that make you happy
Set aside time for activities that you enjoy and make you feel good.
2. Sleep well
Establish a regular sleep routine and make sure you get enough sleep.
3. Get enough sunshine
Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating your mood and one the easiest ways to get it is through sunlight.
4. Food and mood
Try to eat a balanced diet and incorporate plenty of water throughout the day. There are lots of great resources online with healthy eating tips backed by research.
5. Avoid alcohol and drugs
Alcohol can contribute to feelings of depression, so it’s best to avoid. When it comes to recreational drugs, self-medication is not recommended.
Research shows that exercise can boost endorphins, the “feel-good” hormone. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
7. Support network
Loneliness can intensify feelings of depression and anxiety. Surround yourself with a strong support network and reach out to friends and family members, even those who may be abroad.
8. Quiet the mind
Try a meditation or mindfulness app to calm racing or negative thoughts.
9. Check in with a counsellor
Look into your education provider’s counselling service. Expressing your feelings to a professional can help you cope during difficult times.
10. Positive affirmations
Value yourself and avoid self-criticism. Being kind to yourself can also boost self-esteem.
Terms, conditions, limits, sub-limits and exclusions apply and these are set out in the Policy Wording.