Learn more about realising a healthy body, mind and space with our helpful tips.
Mindfulness is about learning to train your attention to the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future.
Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation can be developed over time with practice. You’ll learn to intentionally focus your attention on your breathing and observe each rise and fall. When your mind wanders, gently redirect your thoughts back to the present and to your breathing.
University students are always busy, which is why it’s so important to prioritise your mental wellbeing.
You may be familiar with procrastination, or, ‘putting off until tomorrow what should have been done today’. Procrastination is a failure in our ability to get organised to complete a specific outcome in a reasonable amount of time. This may result in missing a deadline for an assignment or not feeling prepared for an exam.
Procrastination often occurs when we are feeling stressed about work that lies ahead. You might find yourself completing minor unrelated tasks instead of the important task that really needs to be done. This pattern of postponing tasks can make us feel more anxious and out of control over time.
If you are ever struggling with your studies, or any aspect of your life outside your studies, you can always book an appointment with Support Services.
Students with strong family or social connections tend to be happier and healthier than those without a support network. Make regular plans with family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, like the options below.
Volunteering: Volunteering is a great way to meet people while contributing to the community. It also allows you to gain valuable work experience skills that will look great on your CV and be a valuable advantage one you are in the workforce. To learn more about volunteering, visit our Working & Studying page here.
Clubs & societies: Joining a club is a great way to meet like-minded peers and make friends. There are over 100 student clubs at La Trobe University to choose from, including clubs for sports, culture and academic interests. Learn more here.
Ultimately, we are social beings who naturally seek connection with others. Taking steps to create and maintain relationships in your life is essential. The friends and family we rely on are those who we celebrate with in the good times, and who we turn to in times of need.
Stress is a part of everyday life. When you are a student, this may include academic performance, being away from home, sitting exams, financial pressures, and more.
Finding your own coping methods will help you find more enjoyment in your life. Here are some practical tips: