Taking Care of Your Mental Health

By Campbell Turner, Correspondent

Note from the Chief Copy Editor: The advice given in this article is purely student-to-student advice, and does not legally qualify as therapy.

College can be a lot. One day you’re on top of the world, the next it feels like all you can do is cry. When life gets overwhelming, try the following tips:

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Many students will end up pulling all-nighters to complete an assignment due at 11:59. Neglecting your sleep will affect every aspect of your life, not just your school work. It’s okay to prioritize your sleep above your other responsibilities!

While some see neglecting sleep as trading short term comfort for long term success, the opposite is true. One paper or project will hardly make or break you, but the effects of too many late nights definitely will.

Remember to check in with yourself. When things start to get stressful, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions. When was the last time I did [insert self care task here]?

Simple self care tasks can be anything from taking a shower, to hanging out with friends, or checking out a new game. Taking a short walk outside is another great way to clear your mind and release endorphins in your body. As long as it is something safe you can do that will make you feel better, it’s fair game. If it’s been a while, take a second to do something for yourself.

The next thing to ask yourself is, how am I feeling right now? This should be followed up with a quick why. Take ten minutes to learn about the symptoms of anxiety, and work on identifying the symptoms that you have.. The next time you feel anxious, you’ll notice it faster, and you may be more able to remove yourself from whatever is causing your anxiety, or you may find a way to relax yourself in the face of the anxiety-producing circumstance.

Remember to talk it out. When you have something bothering you and you bottle it up, you may end up causing more problems for yourself in the long run.

In weighing yourself down with your issues you could worsen your day-to-day mood and productivity, but you also risk those bottles smashing later on and have to deal with all of your pent up emotions at once.

If you need someone to talk about your emotions with, please consider using the university’s counseling services. There are trained professionals here on campus who are committed to helping you succeed and feel happy. Counseling Services is located in the Haas Chapel on the North side of campus, and is open to walk-ins.

If at any time you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, call 911 or a mental health crisis line. The National Suicide Hotline can be reached at (800) 273 – 8255. The Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting START to 741 – 741. The Trevor Hotline can be reached at 1 (866) 488 – 7386 for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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