Just a collection of simple and effective ways to take care of your health in college

Just a collection of simple and effective ways to take care of your health in college

“During college I was nervous to go to the gym because it’s where all the jocks hang out. I managed to get my friends to join me in group classes (looking at you, aerobics!), where we laugh and have a good time. It was an easy way to hang out with friends. And also getting some cardio in my busy class schedule.” —Cheryl Carlin, Senior Director, Analytics

Start seeing a therapist.

“I had a really strong romantic relationship in college that eventually made me feel anxious and question my self-esteem. This led to some unhealthy habits like calorie restriction and excessive exercise. Fortunately, I decided to take advantage of the free mental health services on campus, where I met with a psychologist for therapy, along with a graduate student who was there for observation.In one of these sessions, the graduate student made it very clear that the feelings I was feeling were completely normal and that the person I was dating wasn’t actually treating me well. This helped me in gaining some much-needed perspective so I can start taking care of myself again.” – Alison Tsai, Assistant Director of Health

“By far the best thing I did was find a therapist I loved, with whom I eventually worked from sophomore through my senior years. She saw me through everything, good and bad, and provided such a necessary escape from the intensity of university. It was Her office is only a 10 minute walk from the campus, and she basically saw other students, so while she wasn’t in the Student Health Center, she understood the student’s plight well.Another tip: Shop wisely for your therapist!I had receptions with three people Two different ones, all recommended to me by the on-campus mental health center (which offered only a limited number of free sessions), before deciding which session felt best.Therapists want you to feel comfortable around them, and truthfully, many know and expect that you In an exploratory phase at first.Don’t worry about offending someone if they’re not feeling well – follow your intuition.It’s worth it.(And if you’re looking for the greatest therapist in Providence,Rhode Island, email me.) – Hana Pasternak, Associate Director of Special Projects Hush

Prioritize comfort.

“In my first semester of college, I was struck by many, many things that I was suddenly responsible for (my well-being, my grades, making and keeping new friends, joining clubs, finding an internship, keeping in touch with my parents, etc.). I learned two things: sleep deprivation can break me, and endless scrolling through social media was the best way to avoid doing my skincare routine and sleep.These simultaneous realizations prompted me to do something that seemed radical at the time: anytime my to-do list hit Seriously, I made a deal with myself to put my phone away at 11pm and not touch it again until the alarm went off.At 6:45am, this ensured that even if I felt totally exhausted and wasn’t quite sure how to get everything done, at least I was I get enough sleep to think clearly.” —Maggie O’Neill, Senior News Editor

Embrace who you are.

“I dropped out of my freshman year of college, which was Such as Relief for my emotional and mental health. It’s not like everything changed instantly. I still had to tell all my friends in my hometown (even though they “already know”), and it was very difficult for me to say “I’m gay” out loud at first. Plus, I didn’t have gay or lesbian friends at the time, so I don’t have anyone to “show me the ropes”. But then I met two gays in my condo. We went on trips to queer friendly restaurants and bars. I was able to form deeper emotional bonds with people, whether I met them in class or late at night at the library. Slowly I’m getting more comfortable talking about “the gay stuff” not just with my new friends, but with my old friends as well.” —Kenny Thapoung, Associate Director of Audience Development

#collection #simple #effective #ways #care #health #college

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.