Connecting with Off-Campus Mental Health Resources
Basic Self-Care Is Very Important
- Talk with someone who cares for you (e.g., friends, advisor, res life staff, family) about your stress and ask for extra support. Be as specific as you can about what helps.
- Get enough sleep (7-8 hours per night). Sleep deprivation makes stress much worse. Sleeping on a consistent schedule is also very important.
- Move your body. Physical activity helps reduce stress and anxiety. Don’t plan to exercise more than an hour per day (aerobic, 20-30 minutes, 3+ times per week).
- Eat regular, well-balanced meals. Missing meals or overeating can contribute to stress and depression.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other non-prescribed drugs. These may make anxiety and depression worse.
- Keep a routine, such as attending classes, work, and social activities.
- Reduce stress by eliminating or reducing unnecessary obligations.
- Remind yourself that this distress is temporary and your feelings can change for the better.
- Live in the present. Think about what you need to do in the next hour or two.
- Try not to make any major decisions or changes in your life while you are in a very distressed or emotional place.
- Set realistic goals. Be flexible and patient if things don’t go as planned.
- Maintain a sense of humor. Laughing is especially helpful when you feel stressed. Do things you enjoy to improve your mood (e.g., watch a comedy, listen to uplifting music).
- Engage in relaxation activities (e.g., yoga, meditation, dancing, deep breathing, taking a bath)
- Check out our Mental Health Videos page.