Avoiding the Breakdown: The Importance of Self-Care in College

Studies indicate that anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues on college campuses across the United States. It’s not surprising when you consider that college students are under constant stress from their classes, work, family relationships, romantic relationships, friendships and other responsibilities. If you’re in college, you know how hard the struggle to balance your life can be. You may find that you are frequently overwhelmed, gaining weight, losing sleep, or feeling a sense of panic. Though everyone experiences stress and anxiety from time to time, it is important to realize that anxiety is a real mental health issue and needs to be addressed. You can’t always just push through it and expect to come out unscathed. Here are some great ways to help manage your anxiety through self-care to help you stay physically and mentally healthy.

Schedule Time to Relax

It doesn’t matter how busy you are; you must make your mental health a top priority. Schedule time to relax every day, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes. Take a bath, watch a TV show, go for a long walk, talk to a friend, or practice one of your favorite hobbies.

Exercize 

Exercise releases stress-fighting endorphins in your brain which can help you clear your mind and shake off the anxiety. So, get up and get moving regularly to help you control and manage your day-to-day stressors.

Sleep

You may think that you don’t have time to sleep, but you can’t afford to sacrifice your rest. Sleep helps you deal with stress in a basic, natural way. Without sleep, your anxiety will only worsen. If you find that you consistently have trouble sleeping due to stress, it’s time to talk to a doctor.

Journal

A journal can be a powerful tool to combat anxiety. Use your journal as a safe place to vent your frustration, express all of your emotions, and list off all the things that are troubling you. You’d be surprised by how much better you can feel if you just get it out.

Talk to a Therapist

If you find that your stress and anxiety are getting in the way of you living our life, then it’s time to speak to a therapist. Your school campus probably has a counseling center where you can go and talk to a therapist free of charge. They can help you learn how to manage your anxiety and learn healthy coping skills to overcome your problems.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Take care of yourself and watch your stress levels. You always have a healthy option to cope with anxiety. If you find yourself drowning in a sea of stress and anxiety, don’t hesitate to talk to someone. You’re worth the effort.

 

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