University and My Mental Health

During the summer break of my second year at university I developed Anorexia Nervosa and it felt like the worst timing possible but I guess an eating disorder doesn’t care about that! 

I felt so confused at this crossroad I seemed to be at as there are so many options available to you; push through and struggle, take an academic break and return the following year, move back home and transfer to a different university or drop out completely and figure it out another time. Which do you chose? Which is the best option? You have come so far why give it up now? You need to look after your health so you ought to really think about what is right for you? All these questions are ones I asked myself and other people asked me…did I know the answer? No! Did I do nothing and just continue what I was doing? No! 

I reached out for support from my tutors, joined the student counselling programme, really committed to therapy and most importantly; I was open and I was honest with people around me. What a weight lifted it was! A problem shared really can be a problem halved!  

There is a lot to be said for reaching out and there is absolutely no shame in recognising that you can’t continue to do what you are doing so reaching out for help is a sign of true strength and real maturity. 

It might seem the most scary, terrifying, vulnerable option but you know what? Everyone around you wants to support you through this time and they will try and do everything they are capable of to enable you to recover and get back on track. My tutors really surprised me with the help and guidance I received and yours will too! They want you to succeed so they will work with you if you let them but you must let people in and communicate with them; they aren’t mind readers! 

If I can do it, you can do it!

Much love

Hayley x