While it may not come to a surprise that college students are perpetually stressed, many people don’t realize the significance and impact of stress on our daily lives. The mental health of students’ nation wide is becoming greatly endangered as the hours of studying, anxiety, academic and social pressure, and depression are on the rise.
It’s extremely important to take note of this issue and try to prevent things from getting worse. But if we’re being honest, how can you take time to worry about your mental health when you don’t even have time to breathe!? If I’ve learned anything at all in college though, it’s that taking time for yourself is extremely important (still working on it!).
Here are some different ways to help you acknowledge, manage and handle your stressors:
CAPS Center :The CAPS Center is a great resource on campus, and no it’s just not for the “serious” stuff. Sometimes it’s helpful to talk to a completely third party person-it can help you look at your situation realistically and get your feet back on the ground. You can stop by the Counseling Center or email a counselor to make an appointment. The CAPS Center also offers support groups, therapy groups and many different activites to help you de-stress your life which include relaxation sessions, mood screenings, and dog therapy!
Breathe: This one is the most obvious, I mean it’s notlike your body can forget to breathe… but I always find it to be the most difficult. If you’re studying or feeling anxious before a test-close your eyes and take five reallyyyyyyyyyy deep breathes-it’s actually forcing your body to calm down and relax.
Exercise and Yoga: Take advantage of the free gym membership and different fitness activities on campus while you’re here-like Misericorida’s new yoga club! Yoga is a great way to relax and focus on your breathing, but any exercise will do just fine.
De-stress!: Find something you love doing that requires absolutely no worrying on your part. Color, make an awesome play list and dance it out, watch your favorite movie, shop, go on a road trip or read a book-just pick something and relax.
Reward yourself!: Give yourself mini mental victories for studying for an hour, raising your hand in class, even just waking up in the morning (some days that’s super difficult!!).
Write it down: If you have a lot on your mind or you have a crazy busy day, write it all down. Organize yourself with planners, calendars and to-do lists so it’s not taking up precious space in your brain. Before you go to bed at night, or during your craziest time of the day, take five minutes to write down all the things that are bothering you or causing you stress and let. them. go.
Give yourself a pep talk: Listen, your track record for surviving things is currently 100%, you don’t have to do everything, just keep going, you can do this!!!!!