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Managing Mental Health as a Student: You’re Not Alone

It’s no secret that being a student can be stressful. Between classes, exams, extracurriculars, and social obligations, the demands on students seem endless. This constant pressure can take a toll on mental health. As a student, you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed at times. Know that you are not alone in these struggles. Many students face mental health challenges. The key is recognizing when you need support and utilizing healthy coping strategies.

It’s important to watch for signs of declining mental health. Increased stress, changes in sleep or appetite, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of hopelessness can all signal it’s time to take action. Don’t ignore the symptoms or think you just need to “power through.” Prioritize self-care and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

There are many effective strategies students can use to manage mental health:

Practice self-care. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods, exercise, and take time for hobbies you enjoy. Taking care of your physical health supports mental health.

Set boundaries. Don’t overcommit. Learn to say no to extra responsibilities when needed. Take breaks from academics and social media.

Connect with others. Don’t isolate yourself when struggling. Talk to friends who lift you up. Join study groups or clubs to find your community.

Seek counseling. Your school likely offers free or low-cost mental health services. Talking to a counselor can help provide coping strategies.

Try stress-management techniques. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or journaling can calm both the mind and body. Find what works best for you. For example, apps like Calm offer guided meditations while keeping a gratitude journal can help improve your mood over time.

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“Taking preventative measures and utilizing coping techniques at the first signs of declining mental health can help avoid bigger problems down the road… wellness must be a priority.”

Dr. Sarah Baker, licensed psychologist

The demands of student life will always be there, but your mental health should be the priority. Take it one day at a time, be kind to yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. With resilience and the right support, you can learn to successfully manage mental health while pursuing your education.