Full-time MBA participant, David Montero, shares his top tips for maintaining healthy habits and looking after your wellbeing during studies. For those handling exams and deadlines, David shares his advice on how to deal with mental health.
What are your top tips for staying on top of your mental health and wellbeing during your MBA?
- Being aware of your mental health and identifying the signs of anxiety, such as changes in sleeping patterns, difficulty focusing, irritability, and feeling overwhelmed.
- Making mental health a priority: Similar to our physical health, we must check and improve our mental health to maintain our quality of life. As students, multiple situations can affect our health, so prioritising mental wellbeing is a must in our everyday academic life.
- Sleep correctly: The relationship between accomplishing sleeping schedules and mental health has been studied and proven. A regular sleep schedule, sufficient time for uninterrupted sleep, and a comfortable environment create a sleep hygiene routine that will improve your mental health.
What's your advice for handling exams and deadlines?
Sleep well rather than burning out studying.
Being proactive and studying as much as possible is often a priority during exams and assignment deadlines. However, this burnout creates a negative outcome when the minimum sleeping hours per day are not accomplished. This absence of sleep creates multiple adverse effects, such as brain fog, mood changes and difficulty of focus, among others. In that way, addressing a correct balance between studying and sleeping the right number of hours is critical to handle exams and assignment deadlines correctly.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is struggling?
Seeking help is normal. Like anyone seeking a doctor when they have an injury, seeking professional help when our mental health is down is completely normal. Don't be afraid to reach out; even more importantly, do not postpone it as ‘it will be solved later’. Professional guidance is key to improve your mental wellbeing; solving it by yourself will not fix the struggle.