Now that we are down to the last 5 weeks of the semester, the stress level has amplified, along with the workload. This stress cans sometimes be a bit much for us students and greatly affect our mental health.
Did you know that, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 20% of the population, 18 and older, suffer from anxiety and depression? Stress is a major cause of anxiety and depression, and college is a huge stressor. While you may not be able to help some stressors, you can combat school stress. So here are some tips on how to destress school:
- Plan out you week. Planners are amazing resources for eliminating stress. Each week, look at your planner and see what is do when, and plan out when you are going to get each thing done.
- Leave time for you. Self-care is so important in combating stress. Whether it’s making time to get your favorite Starbucks drink or taking a study break to watch your favorite movie, make time for what makes you happy.
- Do not dwell on the past. One thing I have learned in my 6 years being chronically sick is that we take life for granted. Do not worry about what you can’t control. If you didn’t do too well on an assignment, do not stress over that; focus on trying to do better in the future. You cannot change the past, but you can change your future.
If you think you may be suffering from anxiety, depression, or just need someone to talk to, MC has the resources for you. If you go here, you can find a list of crisis centers and hotlines you can contact. You can also make an appointment and talk with an MC counselor to get assistance.
There is no harm in reaching out when you need help – 18 million of your peers suffer just like you. You are not alone, and MC is here to help.