College is an exciting journey for every student’s lives. Besides the great experiences college has to offer, students sometimes face depression. Sometimes as a college student, you are away from your family and may struggle to make friends. Having depression is common in college because you are going through a lot of changes. To make things easier for you, here are 5 tips you can use to handle depression.
1. Go To The Health Center
The biggest mistake that people make is that they think they can overcome depression on their own. This is completely false because you don’t have knowledge of what is causing you to be depressed. Seeing a therapist can be expensive starting at $200 per session. Luckily, going to the Health Center at CSUF is free due to the fact that your tuition covers it. To make an appointment, you have to call the Health Center and you are limited to go 8 visits per semester. Typically patients will learn all the knowledge they need to handle their depression in a healthy and proactive way.
When students are depressed, they may find themselves restless or not wanting to go outside much at all. This is not good because it may result in gaining weight and a lack of Vitamin D which further contributes to depression. Exercising releases endorphins that can make you happy and energized. Take advantage of going to CSUF‘s yoga class, Zumba class, or get a personal trainer! All of these services are covered in your tuition, and should hopefully make you feel better.
When you are depressed, you may start to lose focus. When you meditate, you are working on your brain muscles to improve your concentration. You are also clearing your mind on what is going on that is causing you stress. Luckily at CSUF, you can go to the Disability Student Center to ask about mediation class. Go to the Arboretum to meditate- it has beautiful ponds and scenery.
4. Change Your Morning Habits
College students stay up all night to do their assignments or hang out with their friends. This is a bad habit if you are doing this often because you are not as productive in comparison to a student that goes to bed at 10 pm. Another bad habit is that students spend a lot of time on social media or go on their phone to check any updates. In reality, many students should be using that time to do their homework or other productive tasks. Try to wake up early in the mornings and eat a healthy breakfast. Go to a well-populated area and do your homework and studies. Hopefully, having a routine can help with your depression. A good place to do homework at CSUF is Pollack Library.
5. Set 3 Goals To Work On
The reason why students are depressed is that they live in their comfort bubble. If we stay comfortable, then we are not making good use of our time. You need to make 3 goals that you care about and make baby steps. For instance, maybe it is to make 3 new friends, get a job, and go to the gym 3 times a week. To do this, get out of your bubble and go to clubs to make at least 1 friend, then 2, and 3. Go to the career center and look for jobs you are interested in. Make time to go to the Student Recreation Center once a week for 2 weeks, then twice a week for 3 weeks, and then do 3 times a week. Achieving goals will make you happy because you have overcome an obstacle to get out of your comfort zone.
Every college student goes through hard times. Just know when you follow these 5 tips, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how much pain you are feeling. CSUF offers great resources such as a gym, student health services, and counseling for students. These services are covered by your tuition and should be used as often as needed.