Transition and Wellbeing
In this week's task we will be looking at the transition to university and why it’s important to take care of your well-being.
In your life Post-18, there will be lots of new experiences, it is, therefore, important to look after your health and wellbeing. We have spoken about some of the things which may be a big adjustment for you on our Transition page linked here. Our Transition page addresses; meeting new people, loneliness moving away from home, financial responsibility, accountability over workload and learning to cook. These are all areas in which people may feel anxiety which is why we've offered support.
Regarding your well-being during this transitional period, always speak to your friends and family, they know you best and so they might be able to tell you the best ways to help your situation. Remember to seek support at student services at your institution, this can also be important to ensure that you are supported with your workload and you can get extensions on your deadlines if necessary.
Mental wellbeing is a part of our overall health. It doesn’t have one set meaning, so we might use it to talk about how we feel, how well we're coping, or what feels possible at the moment. Poor mental wellbeing can often make it more difficult to cope with the ups and downs of daily life, but it’s important to note that good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences.
The wellbeing toolkit can help strengthen your self-awareness and coping mechanisms so that your academic performance or everyday life isn’t negatively affected by the challenges you face. It may reduce the following negative cyclical process that occurs, which can result in poor mental wellbeing. This might include stress, low mood, depression, irritability, feelings of worthlessness, poor appetite, and lack of sleep, all of which impact our mind and physical body.
Take a look here!
Tasks for this week
For this week's task, you should view and take notes about the linked video below which is from our Wellbeing Sessions at The University of Lincoln. This video named 'Fresh Start' and addresses the myths and realities about moving to university and has some valuable points for you to onboard about the transition to university.