There is one thing no one can deny about being a college student, and that is that it takes a lot of your time and energy. Because of this, many people tend to either put aside their mental health in order to stick to the many things they need to accomplish, which causes them to not do their best work. Or they give up because it all becomes too much. This is why prioritizing your mental health is so important during your college career. We are all here for the same reason: to better ourselves for our future career. So why would we let our busy schedule be a reason to sacrifice our mental health along the way. In today’s post, I am going to talk to you about mental health as a college student and some of the ways you can keep yourself sane, even on the busiest days.
The first thing to note is that there are things that are non-negotiable. These are things that everyone has to prioritize, college student or not, and those are eating and sleeping. Our bodies need nourishment to survive and if you are not giving it what it needs you will not be able to show up in the way you want to each and every day. The same goes for sleep. We function more effectively when we allow ourselves to rest and reboot for the next day’s tasks. This all being said the first thing you must believe is that these things are non-negotiable. You don’t make excuses for staying up all night or for skipping meals. They must be done in order to be your best self and to be the best student you can be.
The next point is self-care. I bet if I asked you what really gets you fired up and feeling good you aren’t going to say doing homework. This is why self-care is so important and it takes many different forms to different people. But what I mean by this in this context is to find the things that make you feel good and make time for them. If you dont you are going to quickly feel like a hamster on a wheel doing one thing after another. This could be hanging out with your friends, or taking a bubble bath, watching your favorite tv show, or even taking a break while studying to read your favorite book. Whatever is popping into your head when reading this is probably what that is for you. Make time for it.
Something that I will always stand by that is important for your mental health is to stay active in some way. This could be a 10-minute at-home workout, or yoga, or walking your dog. Whatever this is for you be sure to incorporate it in your routine. Your body and mind will both love you for it.
Lastly, it’s important to surround yourself with people who support you. This is going to make this journey so much easier for you. Family, friends, significant others, and even your counselor are your fans cheering you on so to speak. If people aren’t supporting you and helping you get to where you want to be, you owe them none of your energy or mental space. If you feel like you don’t have a supportive army around you, reach out to any mental health services your university provides and get someone who is on your side. These services are there for a reason and can significantly contribute to your life.
I hope you can take away, if nothing else, the importance of prioritizing your mental health while on your journey to your degree. If you implement these things in your life, I know from personal experience that you will have a much easier time ensuring you don’t feel overwhelmed or like you don’t have a grip on your reality.