5 Tips To Manage Mental Health in College

5 tips that are sure to help and maintain your mental health through college because we all need a break sometimes.

  1. 1. Stay Active

      It is scientifically proven that people who are physically and socially active live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Being physically active will not only help you stay in shape, but it will also increase your body’s release of endorphins (the “feel good” chemical that reduces stress & anxiety). Being socially active and joining clubs can be something fun to do that will also help take your mind off of the various stressors that college brings on.

  2. 2. Don’t Hesitate to Ask For Help   

      Yes, it is okay and normal to ask for help. Yes, it is okay to take a mental health day. There is so much stigma around mental health in today’s society, but don’t let that stop you from getting help if you know you need it. A majority of college campuses offer free counseling services to students, so don’t hesitate to get help when things aren’t going well.

  3. 3. Be Kind To Yourself

    College is already tough on its own, so don’t add to the stress by being hard on yourself. Instead, give yourself credit for doing your best and improving when necessary. Think (or say) self-affirming thoughts like; Today will be great, I am smart, I am strong, I am beautiful, I can do this. Make your goals a reality. You’ve got this.

  4. 4. Stay Healthy Girl!

    According to Jenny Splitter of The Cut, 'what you eat can play a significant role in maintaining your mental health.' Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet with lean protein has been said to help prevent depression and anxiety. Eating what's best for your body will make you feel well both mentally and physically. Many health magazines have lists to help you beat stress: avocado, leafy greens, lean meat, yogurt, nuts, and (best of all) dark chocolate!

  5. 5. Change Your Environment

    Where you spend the majority of your time and who you spend it with has a huge impact on your mental health. The cleanliness of your room is almost always a reflection of your mental health, so try your best to keep your space clean, and you'll thank yourself later (trust me). Your environment is not always your home, but sometimes it is the people you spend your time with. The more positive your social group, the more positive you will be, so if you're associating yourself with negative people you may need to reevaluate how that is affecting you mentally.

This tips aren't just for college students but others can benefit from as well! You got this girl!

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