World Mental Health Day 2017

Don’t let your careers search stress you out

As you may know, today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme related to mental health in the workplace. Today is a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and supporting mental health. In light of this, we thought we’d share some resources related to your personal wellbeing whilst you’re at university and outside of it.

Keeping up with your academic work, balancing a social life and extra-curricular activities in addition to being on the lookout for and securing great career opportunities can be overwhelming to say the least. You might also feel uncertain about what the right career path is for you, how to get there and what to do next which doesn’t help… But whatever your question and query may be, don’t let your careers search stress you out, help is always at hand to provide support and advice.

First and foremost, you’re not alone. There are lots of students who have felt and feel the way you do, what’s important is to recognise what these feelings are in order to ensure you’re taking care of yourself – that means both physical and mental health.

If you are feeling stressed out there are small things you can do to manage your stress, for example:

  • Take part in BeActive

Exercise is good for you both physically and mentally: there is evidence that physical activity can improve mood and decrease anxiety. If you don’t know where to start, KCLSU offers a range of different ways to get active!

  • Self-care

University work and job searching are important, but so is your “own” time. Make sure to take time out to relax and do things you enjoy in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. This is especially important during stressful periods. If you’re not familiar with King’s Take Time Out campaign, make sure to check it out to see if you can find anything interesting for yourself.

But most importantly:

  • Ask for help

All the small habits can be helpful, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Sometimes university and life can become overwhelming, but there are lots of resources available to you for extra support.

Why not check out:

There are also many external charities and organisations that you may feel more comfortable contacting, details for which can be found here.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to speak out. If you know a friend who is struggling, let them know that you and we are in their corner and here to help.