How To Prioritize Your Mental Health When Studying Abroad
Moving to another country to study can be very overwhelming and stressful for many people especially those that already suffer from mental disorders. Hopefully these tips will help you during this stressful time in your life.
Do your research- Try researching the area you are moving to before you move there. If possible try visiting the area before you go there to study so you get a feel of what the place if like. That way you get more comfortable with the area which can help with anxiety.
Don’t push yourself too far- A lot of times we expect to have certain experiences while studying abroad however remember not to push yourself too far out of your comfort zone because this can sometimes end up effecting your mental health negatively. Instead try taking small steps instead of taking huge leaps.
Be open to new experiences- Try to prepare yourself for change because it is inevitable when moving especially if you’re moving to a different country. Try to learn some calming techniques and relaxing techniques that will help you if you ever feel too stressed out.
Meditation and yoga- Meditation and yoga is definitely helpful in calming yourself down in stressful situations. It also really helps a lot of people with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Try doing some yoga and meditation every day for a few minutes- like 10-15 minutes- and you may notice a positive change.
Seek help- If you feel like you need help with dealing with everything or just maybe someone to talk to remember that there are people out there who can help you. Try talking to trusted friends and family members or to a professional. Most schools also offer counselling and other services so be sure to check those out if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed.
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