Taking Care of Your Wellbeing as a Student

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Moving abroad to study can be extremely exciting! You may encounter a new culture, make new friends, and study something that excites you. However, studying can also come with its challenges: homesickness, juggling work and assignments and managing your mental health. Whether you’ve just arrived and are settling in or are a couple of few years into your course, there are certain areas of your life to take care of your wellbeing as a student.

Relationships

Since you move to a new place, you will be exposed to many new people at university, from tutors and lecturers to fellow students, and develop connections that may well extend beyond your days on campus. Whether new or established, the people in your life can have a profound impact on your well-being as a student.



Make a point of maintaining your relationships with friends and family back home no matter how confusing the time difference is — they form the basis for your support network.

Finances

There are many costs associated with a university education aside from the obvious tuition fees, and textbooks. Depending on where you live, the cost of living will vary for things like rent, bills, transport, and sometimes groceries.

Staying on top of your finances is key, as failure to do so can cause significant stress at a time when earning substantial money in a hurry is challenging. Being fiscally savvy and sticking to a budget is a good strategy for avoiding these types of scenarios.

Finding a balance

Outside of all the socializing that university entails, you need to make time for study — it’s easy to fall behind while you’re still making the adjustment to a new life. Equally, you need to factor in employment – many students take up part-time jobs to make ends meet, and striking the balance between work, study, and time for yourself is key to maintaining your wellbeing as a student.

Physical health

Staying active and productive is an easy way to boost your mood and relieve stress. Playing a team sport, working out at the gym, or picking up a new hobby will be a big help for your general health and can help improve your self-esteem and confidence.

Self-worth

With such a big change in moving countries and starting a course, how you view yourself may change at university, and if that shift is negative you can be in for a tough time. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is ideal in these scenarios, as having someone to talk to is integral to your overall care and wellbeing as a student.

Mental health

Mental health issues can be amplified in the university environment, especially for first-year students.

If you find yourself struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help. Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) covers visits to a general practitioner, which should be your first step to getting help.

For crisis support, suicide prevention, and mental health support services across Australia, call Lifeline on 131 114.



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