With the weather getting colder, the days getting darker, and the final projects piling up, it can be easy to feel stressed out. I thought now would be a good time to talk about the importance of mental health. It happens to most of us at one point or another, and that doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with you. You just gotta get back up on your feet again.
Please note that I am not a professional, and that I am just sharing what worked for me and my own insights. If you are going through a crisis, contact a professional or use the resources that I’ve listed below.
How to help someone who may be suffering from a mental health issue or stress:
- Let them know you care.
- Offer to listen, but know they might not be seeking advice or criticism.
- Help create a low-stress environment. Do a simple chore for them, cook something for them, or run an errand for them.
- Invite them to hang out, but don’t force it.
- Contact a professional if they are in danger.
My Personal Tips:
- Journal or write to yourself. This is a great way to vent out your feelings and rationalize your thoughts.
- Learn to say no. Do the things because you want to, and don’t overwhelm yourself.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is crucial for your mental health. Go to bed and wake up around the same time everyday if you can.
- Make time for yourself everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes. Watch an episode of your show, take a bath, work out, or anything as long as it’s just for you.
- De-clutter your belongings and live in a clean space.
What to do if you think you may be suffering from a mental health issue:
- Acknowledge that you might be dealing with a mental health issue or stress.
- Identify, if there is a cause, what is making you feel bad. Finding the root cause and seeing what can be changed will help you.
- Make the decision to actively do things to get better.
- Reach out to people you trust. They can help you or direct you to help.
- If this is something out of your control, seek professional help.
Counseling & Therapy – FREE for students!
- Student Services Building, 3rd floor
- Mon-Thur 8am-3pm
Crisis Text Line
- Available 24/7
Take care of yourself and the people that you care about! Small actions and words can make a big difference in someone’s life.