The Mental Pillar of Ultimate Potentials encompasses how we think in certain situations. We like to think of this pillar as a filing cabinet where we store our beliefs and fears, as well as our thoughts about our past, present, and future. This pillar must be trained to stop holding us back by keeping us in the past, continuously considering all of the “what if’s” of life. By training this pillar, we can learn to live in the present.
As we start the new year, saying 2020 was interesting is putting it mildly. We’ve all had to adapt to new normals during the past year, some of which have negatively impacted our mental health.
Students in these times are particularly isolated. With campuses, libraries, and cafes closed, most students are stuck in their rooms all day to attend classes and do homework. When you’re in this situation, it’s easy to let bad habits in that contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. In this post, we’ll look at 3 mental health tips for college students that you’ll find useful during quarantine.
1. Create A Healthy Work Area
One of the topics we talk about in Success Strategies for Shifting To Remote Work is how big of a role ergonomics play in our health when we work or study from home. Without a comfortable set up, neck and back pain becomes an additional burden on your mental and physical health.
It’s worth investing in a chair and desk set up where you don’t have to strain any part of your body to use the computer. Standing desks are great investments because they give you the flexibility of working standing or sitting, which helps combat stagnation when working at home all day.
Simple things like having proper lighting also contribute to creating a healthy work area. Setting up a dedicated work area is another way you can create a healthy workspace.
2. Get Your Blood Flowing
Exercising is an effective and proven strategy for improving your mental health. Something as simple as going for a walk every day or stretching in between classes will help keep blood flowing to your brain and fight feelings of anxiety and depression. 2013 research published in Frontiers In Psychiatry found evidence exercise disrupts the processes that cause anxiety to form in our brains. Exercise positively impacts multiple biological and psychological mechanisms in our bodies, contributing to better overall mental health.
3. Seek Support
When you’re isolated, studying for exams, coordinating group projects, and dealing with deadlines quickly gets overwhelming. During these times, these feelings of stress are even more intense since we can’t leave the home or let off steam with our regular habits outside the house.
Many learning institutions offer mental health services in the form of social workers, psychologists, or special education needs co-ordinators. For example, the University Of British Colombia will put you in contact with individual or group counselling sessions in addition to other self-help tools and wellness resources. The University of Texas offers similar services as well as resources to help with time management and stress reduction.
Take a look at the resources offered by your school and take advantage of what’s available. Joining groups with other students who can emphasize with what you’re going through is another good way to find support during these challenging times.