Uni and mental health: finances and workload

'Adulting' when you get to uni can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. We're students from the University of Sussex who have felt this way. We want to share our tips and tricks on ways to manage your finances and workload to help reduce this stress.

Tips from students for you...

Managing your finances

Managing finances can be stressful, and it is common to have financial difficulties affect our mental health. In the last year, 22% of those who took part in a survey attributed high levels of stress to debt worries. 

 Having the tools to help you manage your finances effectively can relieve some ofthe stress and pressure you may feel about money.


Tips on ways to manage your finances: 

Managing your workload

Managing your workload as a student is not always easy. And you may find that the difference in your workload at uni compared to when you were at school and college challenging. If this takes a toll on your mental health, please remember that you're not alone.

Tips on ways to manage your workload: 

  • Keep track of all your deadlines, keep important dates and tasks in one place. You may choose to write them down in a notebook, put everything in an excel/ word file, set reminders on your phone/ laptop or even use a notice board.  
  • Trial different time management methods e.g., to-do lists, calendars. What works for someone else may not work for you so it’s worth finding out what works best for you.  
  • Take time regularly to sit and plan out your workload.  
  • Be flexible but realistic with your time. It may be a good idea to schedule which dates and times are best for you to work on an assignment before the deadline. 
  •  It’s okay to take breaks and relax. It’s important you look after yourself and are in a good headspace to complete your work. 

Explore more from the #BehindtheBooks campaign 

This campaign was co-produced between students at the University of Sussex the Mental Health Foundation. It has been funded by Office for Students

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