Protective heath behaviours can assist both our physical health and mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests that often intentions of implementing protective health behaviours are high, but enacting on these behaviours is low. During times of change it can be helpful to focus on what we can do to benefit our own health to gain a sense of control, rather than dwell on the behaviours of others.
To help with this, take a look at our implementation intentions table which can help break down your health-related intentions and make them achievable and eventually automatic. Examples might include behaviours such as physical activity and a balanced diet.
It’s important to create a healthy balance of behaviours to help maintain our wellbeing. The finding a healthy wellbeing resource will help you think about how to create this balance through achievement, connections and enjoyment.
You can use the pre-arrival health pack to remind yourself of protective health behaviours and to support your health related intentions. It will also help to combat any worries you have about returning to campus with tips if you're feeling nervous.
Being aware of how to stay healthy and implementing protective health behaviours is vital, but sometimes worries around health can become disproportionate and in some cases health anxiety can occur. If you are experiencing health anxiety you may want to seek support. This NHS guidebook on health anxiety is a fantastic resource that you can work through at your own pace. If these feelings become overbearing and start having an impact on your day to day life, then you may decide to seek support from your GP or the Universities Counselling Service.