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8 Steps to Keeping Your Mental Health as a Student

By Ojo Precious, OAU

Keeping Your Mental Health as a Student.

As students, we go through so many things as we engage in our daily activities, facing many situations. Thus, it is important to maintain our sanity and ensure that our mental health is secured. Here are a few steps to keeping your mental health.

1. Value yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

 

2. Take care of your body:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid smoking
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in students.

 

3. Surround yourself with good people:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

 

4. Give yourself:

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.

 

5. Learn how to deal with stress:

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: take a nature walk, or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life.

 

6. Quiet your mind:

Try meditation, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, it is known that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

 

7. Break up the monotony:

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

 

8. Avoid alcohol and other hard drugs:

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other hard drugs.

I hope you find this really helpful and useful. Let me know what you think in the comment section.

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