An accessible and inspirational self-care guide for university students, bringing together the best of what we know from evidence-based psychological research to help manage the particular challenges of your degree and the university lifestyle.
'Equal parts practical, funny and illuminating - belongs on the required reading list for life' - Sarah Knight, internationally bestselling author of Get Your Sh!t Together
Accessible and inspirational, The Unbreakable Student is the self-care guide that every university student needs.
So, you're starting university - you've learnt what to pack, where to socialise, how to cook (sort of)... but what about how to look after your mental health?
University is a whirlwind of exciting, fresh experiences. But it can also be overwhelming. You're in a strange new environment and faced with the pressure to make friends, complete difficult assignments, stay healthy, manage your finances and so much more, all while being away from your loved ones. In this time of massive change, looking after your mental wellbeing is more important than ever.
Nic Hooper has witnessed the student mental health crisis unfolding every day on campus and is determined to help. A psychologist with fifteen years' experience teaching and mentoring young adults, The Unbreakable Student is his guide to navigating your university years and staying sane using six simple rules:
Using exercise to stay healthy in body and mind
Learning to positively challenge yourself
Connecting with your peers
Mindfully embracing the moment
Managing self-critical thoughts and vulnerability
Giving to others and taking positive action
'Nic Hooper has pulled off a neat trick for a professor, essentially creating a long-form lecture that remains engaging and informative to the very end. Equal parts practical, funny and illuminating, The Unbreakable Student belongs on the required reading list for life. Young people everywhere are lucky to have him, in person or on the page' - Sarah Knight, internationally bestselling author of Get Your Sh!t Together
'One of the best self-help books I've ever read: wise, witty, (laugh-out-loud funny in places), compassionate - and above all, incredibly practical! Nic Hooper shows you how to effectively deal with the many trials and tribulations of student life; how to face up to your fears, frustrations and challenges; handle your stress and anxiety; take the power out of your inner critic; while building resilience and thriving along the way. I wish I'd had something like this in my student days; would have spared me years of suffering. Essential reading for every college student, of every type, everywhere in the world (as well as for their teachers and parents)' - Dr Russ Harris, internationally bestselling author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple
'You have many things to learn as a University student but above all you need to learn the what and how of life: What is really needed to be successful as a person? And how will you become accomplished at those things? In a clear, concise and sure-footed way, this excellent book teaches you that what and how. If you learn nothing else in your time in the academy and yet learn what is in this book, you can count your years there well spent. Highly recommended' - Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada and author of A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters
'For so many students, university is a time of self-doubt and challenge. This is a must-read guide on how to bring your best self forward, so you can truly thrive'- Susan David, Ph.D., Psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of Emotional Agility
'Going to university is a tumultuous time in any case, but this is doubly true when there's a pandemic happening. Hooper's new guide couldn't be timelier. Drawing on many years of relevant experience and training, it's a must for any student beginning this next stage of their life' - Dr Dean Burnett, neuroscientist and bestselling author of The Idiot Brain