Sleep is the first and most important aspect to being mentally healthy. Our bodies need at least 8 hours of sleep per night so recover from the day and to prepare for the day to come. A lack of sleep will distort your thinking and worsen your mood, your appetite, and your performance in and out of the classroom. The best way to get sleep is to be productive during the day so you can get to bed at a reasonable hour!
2. Eat Healthy
We are what we eat. Healthy foods are packed with the nutrients and vitamins our body and mind need to be healthy and function properly. Stay on top of your eating to make sure you’re getting just the right amount of the essential food groups.
Exercise is so good for the brain as it increases blood flow and improves cognitive health. Thirty minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise will help keep your mental and physical health on track!
Take vitamins to keep your immune health on track. A healthy immune system makes for a healthy body and mind. They will also prevent you from getting sick which is all too easy at college!
Meditation has proven significant mental health benefits from simply doing 5 to 10 minutes per day. Some great apps for meditation are Headspace and Relax Meditation, both available for free on the App Store!
6. Call a Loved When Often
When you’re stressed, or not, keeping in-touch with a loved one makes your heart and mind happy. Sometimes all we need is to say our thoughts out-loud to feel better. Never underestimate the happiness that comes from talking to someone you care about.
7. Have Fun and Relax!
School can be very stressful. For this reason, it is important to take a break from the seriousness and stress of school to do something for yourself that makes you happy. Whether this mean spending time with friends or just to yourself, some down time is necessary for your mental health.
8. Stay Organized
Nothing is more stressful than having to cram in studying or homework. If you stay organized and plan your homework and studying out over multiple days, you won’t have to stress over cramming it all in within a day. Pace your life out to ease your mind!
9. Listen to Music
Music distracts us, releases endorphins, reduces the feeling of fatigue, reduces anxiety, blood pressure, and slows down the heart rate. Extra benefit, music enhances brain function! So, play your favorite song, artist, album, whatever it may be, and relax.
10. Ask for Help
Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when the stressors of school, and life in general, get to be too much to handle. It happens to all of us. The simple act of talking to someone truly helps you feel better and receiving feedback will help you to deal with future stress. Be kind to your mind, it does so much for you, every day. Plus, it will be with you for as long as you live!