Finding Balance: Six Realistic Tips for Prioritizing Mental Health

As the fall semester begins, busy lives resume for students on campus. Between classes, extracurricular activities and jobs, it’s easy to forget to prioritize your mental health. Here are some suggestions for staying healthy and maintaining balance as the semester heats up.

try something new

Whether you’re a freshman, senior, or anywhere in between, it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to campus life, but it can be one of the most effective ways to expand your intellectual curiosity. Often we turn to activities we are comfortable with, but there are many positive things to be gained by trying something new. Take a course in an area you’ve never been exposed to. Join an activity you’ve never done before. Study with new classmates. Explore a different part of Atlanta, like the Atlanta BeltLine, the National Museum for Civil and Human Rights, or the World of Coca-Cola. By doing so, your learning may increase and you may meet people you never thought you would be around. Although it may be difficult to think outside the box at first, it will pay off!

Get enough sleep

Being a student at Emory is no small feat. That being said, getting enough sleep is essential. Staying up until 3 a.m. on a school night to finish an assignment is not healthy. Getting enough sleep can to improve your retention between 20-40%, and you may feel more rested the next morning. Routine is important for you and for your body. Having a regular sleep schedule makes a difference in mental functioning as well as in your emotional and physical health and general well-being.

(The Emory wheel.)

Add exercise to your routine

Classes and activities on campus take time, but just as getting enough sleep is essential, it’s important to move. Exercise is one of the best things to do for your mental health, and it’s a great idea to work up a sweat and provide a healthy distraction from whatever is going on. A regular exercise program”can help keep your thinking, learning and judgment skills sharp as you age” and “reduce your risk of depression and anxiety,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are plenty of opportunities on and around campus to get active, like weightlifting at Woodruff Physical Education Center, biking the Stone Mountain Trail, or taking a walk or run in Lullwater Park. It’s different for everyone, and there’s no one right way to stay active, but getting active is important!

Be busy, not overwhelmed

Keeping busy is important. This can lead to surprising benefits such as increased creativity, productivity, and positivity. It’s good to be well-balanced and involved outside of class, but at the same time it’s important to find a good balance between your involvements and not to overdo it, the latter being likely first to excessive stress, anxiety and pressure.

(Lauren Blaustein / The Emory Wheel.)

Plan downtime

A great way to prioritize your well-being is to schedule breaks to do things you enjoy. Whether it’s riding the quad, attending a Dooley After Dark event, or watching a student-led play, everyone has different interests and distinct ways to spend their free time. . Programming relaxation into your week can increase productivity and happiness. Do what makes you happy and keep that time to yourself to keep your spirits up.

Contact us when you need it

Above are things you can do on a regular basis to relax, but if you get to the point where you need outside help, there are plenty of resources you can tap into when you need it. Emory students have access to counseling and psychological services (CAPS) as good as TimelyCare on a 24/7 basis. If you are on campus, you can reach the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6115. Additionally, in times of crisis, anyone in the United States can now call +988, which is the new suicide prevention hotline set up this year. summer.

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