Mid-Semester Mental Health

Whether it’s midterms, essays, mountains of homework, or just general stress, this time of year is one of the worst for college students’ mental health. While we all try our best to take care of ourselves, it’s hard to find a balance between being successful and being content. We all know we should make our mental health a priority, especially this time of year, but that can be a tall order for us all.

There are those days that everyone shuts down. Maybe you have a big exam looming, or maybe you’re just having a really hard time getting out of bed. The most important thing to remember is that it’s perfectly okay to have those days. It happens to the best of us, and if you don’t allow yourself little breaks, you’re holding yourself to an impossible standard. Understanding your limits is crucial to surviving this period of time as a college student. You have to let yourself have a mental health day now and then because, like it or not, we’re all human.

That being said, there are little tips and tricks that I use to perk up my sour moods when I need it. One of my favorite ways to end a particularly stressful day is with a long shower. I’ll put on some of my favorite music—making playlists for this is also a fun, easy way to distract your mind from whatever you are preoccupied with—and let the water and songs wash over me. Then I’ll go into my room with my favorite candle lit and reflect on the day. This is a calming experience and, depending on your music choice, it can be pretty fun!

Another easy way to relax your mind during these stress-filled weeks is to spend some time outside. I know we’ve all heard this, but before you roll your eyes, hear me out. This time of year has some of the best sit-on-your-porch weather. If you’re worried that taking time for your mental health will somehow set you back in your studies, take your work outside! There really is something to be said for feeling the breeze through your hair and smelling that beautiful fall air. I know I am not an outdoorsy person, but I still need that fresh air to remind myself that there is a world outside of my eight-page paper sometimes.

I hope this helps anyone feeling a little stressed with this time in the semester. Remember that you deserve to take time for yourself and that it’s okay to need breaks! See everyone next week!