There will be times throughout our life that we will experience anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, feel overwhelmed, fatigue, or may have suicidal thoughts. This may be related to the current situation with COVID or issues in our personal life or work.
More than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a “disabling anxiety disorder” at some point in their life. Anxiety can make you sweat, you may find it difficult to breath or your breathing may become irregular, it can cause heart palpitations and trembling. This is your body reacting to the flight or fight response. You may feel that it is difficult to make decisions, think clearly or struggle with daily tasks. You may feel restless, constantly on edge or irritable. Remember you are not alone. There are lots of places you can seek support from including family, friends, colleagues, Student Services, Wellbeing Officer, your GP or Occupational Health.
We all need support from time to time.
If you feel anxious please talk to your line manager/tutor/Wellbeing officer. They will be able to look at ways in which we could support you. This may include moving deadlines, reducing workload. A referral to Occupational Health/Student services may also be considered. Further support can be found on the NHS website.
The University of Birmingham is committed to supporting the welfare of our staff and Students. Mental wellbeing is an integral part of our health.
Each individual has their own level of mental health that is unique to them, sometimes this involves a diagnosis, and sometimes it doesn’t. This can sometimes be called our ‘window of tolerance’, this assists with helping us understand how we free and how we can manage our emotions.
Our mental health and wellbeing co-exists with our physical health, so if you are feeling unwell or are engaging in activities that could harm you (like smoking) this can negatively affect your wellbeing.
Take a look at NHS Choices for help and information about your physical health, or support for quitting smoking.
In being aware of our mental health, it makes it easier for us to recognise what we need and all the different ways we can look after ourselves. This is often referred to as our wellbeing.