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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. John's chapter.

Now that classes are back in session, students find themselves busier than ever. When having a hectic schedule, sometimes it can be difficult to prioritize your mental health. I know I’ve had my fair share of bad mental health days. I think we as college students can get so wrapped up in common stressors, like coursework and studying that we often forget to prioritize our well-being.

Trust me when I say that you deserve to treat yourself with kindness and to put your mental health first; even if hustle culture is telling you to do the opposite. 

Most of my overwhelming stress stems from the feeling that my assignments and responsibilities are rapidly accumulating on top of each other. Acknowledging that you’re having a challenging time is the first step in managing your mental health, and taking a day off or even an hour to yourself can work wonders. 

When I’m having a rough day or week, I like to dedicate at least one day to focus on myself and forget about academics. Usually, I like to lay in bed and watch some of my favorite comfort shows and order takeout. Of course there are times when I can’t afford to have the whole day to myself, so even having at least a 20-minute break can be helpful. During this break, I like to read one of my favorite books or watch an episode of a show. 

Going on a walk alone, cleaning your room, taking a nap, talking to your therapist or just doing something productive for yourself can truly help you, no matter how big or small. The simple things can really make a difference in your mental health. You deserve to prioritize your well-being because you matter!

Britney Castillo

St. John's '25

Hi everyone! My name is Britney Castillo and I am from Queens, NY. I am a communications major, and I am minoring in Public Relations. I love going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and reading!