Our 10 tips to help and support your own wellbeing

Sunday June 20, 2021

World Wellbeing Week is taking place between Monday 21 – Wednesday 30 June 2021. Here are some tips from our Student Support team to help you feel happier and look after your own wellbeing.


Don’t keep things bottled up. Talking about your feelings with friends, family or your college tutor is not a sign of weakness but of taking charge of your own wellbeing.

Balance studying with other activities

Participate in societies and clubs, follow your passions and keep up your hobbies. You need a break from your studies.

Accept who you are

You are unique, don’t compare yourself to other people. Each person is on a different journey and following their own path.

Give to others 

Helping others makes you feel better about yourself, even something as small as a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Take a look at volunteering opportunities in York.

 Keep in touch with family and friends

You will make lots of new friends but it is important to keep contact with people who care about you and know you well.

Get active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate and improve your sleep. Walk, cycle, or try something completely new. It’s a great way to make new friends too.

Eat healthily

There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eat regular meals and make sure you get some fruit and veg in every day.

Drink responsibly

Too much alcohol too often can affect your mental health and increase anxiety, stress and depression.

Sleep well

Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. Sleep improves memory and concentration, reduces stress and anxiety. If you are 16 to 25 years old, you need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.


Switch off phones and social media for a short time each day. A change of scene is good for mental health. Go for a walk, sit, think and breathe.