When we scrape our knee, we take a minute to stop and place a bandage on it. When our nose is dripping and we can’t stop coughing, we consider ourselves sick and stay home. But how often do we take care of ourselves when our minds aren’t exactly feeling great?
Mental health is as important as physical health. Care and attention should be given to the mind as well. Between balancing classes, homework, part-time jobs, internships, study sessions, club meetings, exams, time with friends and more, it is inevitable to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
But many forget to take the time to pause and check in with their mental health.
According to a 2018 survey published by the American Psychological Association, one in three college freshmen suffer a common mental disorder.
The study found that as college students reinvent themselves and emerge into adulthood, their mental health status becomes a more serious topic.
Lack of sleep, poor eating, excessive caffeine intake and high stress are just a few of the unhealthy habits normalized by student life.
Although being stressed in college is normal, if it is dominating your life, it could be a sign of something more serious. Students should make the effort to be proactive about mental health and personal well-being by utilizing the many resources on campus.
The Student Health & Wellness Center provides free stress management services, such as counseling and one-on-one programs with health educators on various topics. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in the Bronco Bookstore, located in Building 66, room 116, holds well-being workshops and private support counseling. Students can visit the Mind and Heart Research Lab, located in the Darlene May Gym. The lab includes a Destress Lounge, where students can relax on couches, listen to guided relaxation audios, participate in group yoga and meditation sessions and develop ways to improve their well-being and control stress.
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