College can feel overwhelming when trying to balance work, school and a social lie. This can be seen by the fact that over 85% of college student reported being overwhelmed by everything they have to do. Needless to say, it can be even harder if you are struggling with anxiety or depression. So if you would like mental wellness tips to help you better cope with anxiety and depression in college, keep reading.
5 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety & Depression in College
1. Take On a Sport
There is a close relationship between physical exercise and your mental health. Getting active can help improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and body image. A bonus is that doing a club or intramural sport can help you socialize and build community. This can be something as simple, as joining the bowling club or an intramural softball team. You don’t have to be a pro, just show up.
2. Create a Support Network
It is important that you have people in our life that you can turn to when you feel depressed or overwhelmed. When you’re in college this can be hard if you do not live near family or friends the you grew up with. A few ways to make new supportive relationships while in college are to a church home, join a social club or connect with classmates outside of class. Other options may include identifying mental health support services on campus like a therapist or support groups. Support groups are great because you can connect with other students struggle in similar areas as you.
3. Engage In a Hobby
During your college years, you will embark on a journey to find yourself. This will require you to find out what makes you happy personally and professionally. As life gets business with obligations for school, remember to carve out time for things you enjoy. If you don’t know what you enjoy you may need to dig deep to find your interests and passions. This can range from taking leisurely walks, spending time with close friends, volunteering or taking a dance class for fun. Just find what you love and do it regularly to find balance in your life.
4. Pursue Your Passion
A large part of your happiness depends on how satisfied you are with your degree program. So if you are unhappy with your courses or pursuing a degree to make someone else happy it’s time to make a change. Instead of thinking about what others want for you to consider your strengths, limitations, and passion. For example, when I was in college I considered becoming a pharmacist or physician assistant, but I soon realized I had a passion for preventative health that could make communities healthier. Once I learned this I went full force in pursuit of a Bachelors in Health Education and Masters in Public Health, and now I get to work to make my community healthier and I love it.
5. Manage Your Time Better
Poor time management leads to a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety in college. If you would like to avoid that unnecessary stress, you will need to step up a game plan for managing your time at college. This can be achieved by creating a schedule that is flexible and feasible. Start by placing all syllabus deadlines on your planner or on your digital calendar. Then break assignments into small manageable tasks, and set flexible mini-deadlines for each task. This will reduce pressure and allow you to complete assignments in manageable chunks. You can check out this blog, for specific steps for implementing this strategy.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Many young adults experience depression and anxiety during their college years, so don’t feel alone. Implement these tips to help support your mental wellness and prevent burning out.
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