Mental Health Tips for College Students

Mental health for college students? That’s right. Let’s face it, college can be stressful. Exams, papers, assignments, peer pressures, college students have a lot to deal with on their plate and stress becomes a natural part of their busy lives.

That is why they need good and strong mental health in order to cope with everything they have going on!

Mental Health Tips for the College Grad:

Eat Healthy to Feel Healthy

Food does boost mood and how you feel. Fueling your body with the right food will prevent sugar lows and resulting mood swings. Eat complex carbohydrates, plenty of protein and keep your intake of junk food to a minimum.

To  find out more about food and mental health, read Eat Well to Feel Better:Food and Mental Health

Exercise and Stay Active

Partying all night does not qualify as exercise. **laughing** Seriously though, as a college student you may not want another thing to do but exercise is something that will help you not only stay in great shape, physically but also boost endorphins or feel-good hormones which will in turn keep your mental health in great shape too!!

Learn Stress-Busting Mental Health Habits

Meditation, yoga, deep breathing, relaxation exercises, prayer or just quieting your mind can all help you to improve your state of mind and better your outlook on life.

Be a Smart Goal Planner

College students are under a lot of pressure to be achievers. Whether it is sports, academics or extra-curricular activities, the pressure to accomplish something is always on. Setting realistic and smart goals will not only keep you motivated but also help you to grow as a person.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

Whether it is reading the right books, using apps that infuse mindset training into your life or hanging out with people who support and encourage you, choose ways to infuse positive thinking into your life.

Foster a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset, unlike a fixed mindset, will help you to constantly improve upon yourself, expand your intelligence and learn new things instead of getting defeated when challenges and obstacles crop up, which they will.

For more on growth mindset, read How to Develop a Growth Mindset  and 5 Habits that Lead to a Growth Mindset 

Get Help When Needed

Finally always remember that seeking expert or professional help for mental health issues, like depression, stress, mood swings or anxiety is not a sign of weakness but a show of determination to do better and get healed. So, seek help should you need it.