October 21, 2018

CollegeHack: Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways

Being a student can be a full-time job and for others enrolled in college, there may be other important external responsibilities such as jobs, families, and military obligations pulling them in many different directions.

Not to mention that news and social media are full of negativity, and it’s easy to find yourself depressed and directly affected by the chaos happening around us.

Make sure to listen to your own emotions and care for your own mental health. Here are some ways to bring comfort back into a turbulent day, week or month.

Don’t miss meals. You’ll be happier and healthier if you eat regularly. No, coffee and/or energy drinks do not qualify as a meal.

Get artsy – let your creative juices flow! Create a new character, draw a doodle, build a robot, listen to music… find a way to unleash your creative side.

Tell a joke. Make yourself or someone else laugh to lighten the mood.

Unplug from technology. TV, Internet and social media can be the cause of stress, too. It’s healthy to take breaks from technology.

Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways

Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways

Talk to someone. Open up to a friend, family member or therapist. You don’t have to keep your feelings inside.

Sleep! It’s not overrated. It’s needed and very much so.

Go outside. The weather is nicer out and many fun places are within walking distance of the camps. Get active and you’ll see your mood improve.

Be more active. You don’t have to be an athlete to get active. Take a walk at the park, go for a bike ride, take Sharon Bolman’s yoga class… you can do it!

It’s important to care for your mental health just as much as your physical health. While learning how technology will change the future, don’t forget to check in with yourself and how feel from time to time.

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