After Mental Health Initiative week is over, sometimes it can be difficult to remember that we still need to take time for our mental health. These are a few easy ways to take some time in your day to relax, de-stress, and focus on you!
Go on a walk outside. We all know that the outdoors can improve our mood, so take a couple of minutes to make a quick lap around campus to get the good vibes flowing!
Turn off electronics before bed. If this seems impossible, try turning them off 30 minutes before bed and slowly increasing by the time spent away from digital devices in small increments. Ideally, you should abstain from using electronics during the two hours before bed, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. This helps to ensure that you get the most out of your sleep.
Visit the fitness center. Working out is a great way to get some extra endorphins and take some time to yourself. Additionally, I-day yoga can be an amazing way to unwind. Anything you can do to get active and have some fun is a great option.
Take a few minutes each day to simply breathe and reflect. Just a few moments of time for yourself in a day (without homework worries) can make all the difference.
Self-care! Whatever form it may take, self-care is a great way to take a break from stress. Whether it means beating that round in your favorite video game or watching an episode of a tv show, it’s important to remember the simple things you enjoy doing.
Talk to a family member or friend. Talking to those close to us can relieve stress. Especially because IMSA students can spend weeks away from home, it’s always a good idea to keep in touch with your family.
If you need help, reach out. No matter what week of the year, there are people here for you. Counselors, RCs, and other trusted adults are here the whole year to support students.
The most important thing is that you have ways to take care of your own mental health. The same approaches do not always work for everyone, so find the things that work best for you.