Going To College With Mental Health Issues? Here’s What You Should Do.
Going to a university is certainly one of the most enjoyable experiences. But sometimes, existing mental health issues become hindrances to a wholesome college experience. If you are going to college with mental health issues, your experience should not be any different. However, you have to keep a few extra things in mind before going to a university. Here are some pithy tips on how to maintain your mental health properly while starting the next chapter of your life:
Make Plans Beforehand
Going to a new university, especially if it’s far away from your home, means that you are actually leaving your support network at home. However, this does not necessarily mean that you are all on your own. Most universities have an array of services which you can avail, including but limited to quiet rooms, counseling services, and other kinds of student services. Whether you would disclose your mental health issues to the university or not is totally up to you, but the point is, you don’t have to take all the responsibilities yourself, and there are services which you may avail if need be. Visit the university website and do a bit of research to know what kind of add-on services are on offer.
Eat, Exercise, Sleep And Socialise
Well, we don’t want to sound like everyone’s mother, but this is indeed important. Maintaining these basic aspects of life is a good way to take care of your mental health. You miss out on any of these, and you are bound to experience the knock-on effect sooner or later. For example, take the diet. Maintaining a balanced diet plan is an excellent way to feel good both inside and outside. However, we are not saying that you should stick to veggies while your roommates enjoy their Domino’s, but if you follow a bad diet plan, it will invariably impact your overall energy levels and your state of mind. You should also socialize. Staying in isolation can affect your mental health in a negative way. If you have started to feel that you have spent too long in your room alone, just go out to clear your head. Universities these days have lots of clubs and interest groups, so there’s always an opportunity for you to get involved.
Do Your Work
There’s hardly a university student who would agree that writing a 5000-word essay the night before the final submission date is quite relaxing. No, it’s not. It’s actually quite stressful to write down a whole essay in the eleventh hour. Whatever your stream of study or the topic of your essay is, the workload would mount up if you keep on procrastinating. Deadlines would creep up on you, forcing you to burn the midnight oil constantly. Therefore, it’s always a great idea to do your work before it’s too late. Don’t be the student who spends sleepless night ahead of each semester. Just be the opposite. Do not lock yourself in the library in the final days before the assessment date. Instead, make it a habit to visit the university library regularly.
There are many trigger factors for mental illness. These trigger factors are personal and might occur with no or little warning. It might be a smell or a taste. While you should not be worried about it right now, you should bear in mind the possible negative effects these may have on your mental health. Make a list of your trigger factors, and write down what you should do if the trigger factors pop up (for example, you can do breathing exercises in a particular situation).
Learn To Say ‘No’
At times, you should put your mental and emotional health ahead of everything. Your roommates might invite you for a night out together and might insist on you to go to a dance party or something. However, if you feel it’s not good for you and you should abstain from such activities, you should learn to say ‘no’. In any case, saying ‘no’ in different situations in life is an important thing to learn.
You should realize that going to a university with some sort of mental health issue might be challenging if you do not have self-control. Therefore, take the help of friends, relatives, and mental counselors if needed before starting your campus life.
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