Mental Health Tips for College Students

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

College students can be some of the most overstressed in all of the population. This article will share some mental health tips for those times when you need to lighten the load in your head.

Communicate with Others

The APA reports that 61% of college students seek help at their campus health center because of concerns for their mental health, from mild to severe. Never, ever be afraid to talk to someone about problems in your life, whether they involve your academic performance, your relationships or your struggles with substance abuse. If you've never spoken with a mental health professional before and are unsure of the process, check out our rundown of counseling in colleges and universities.

Get Enough Sleep

The temptation to study longer into the night, or get distracted by movies, Youtube and video games will always be there, but sleep is more important. The average college student now gets only six hours of sleep per night, which is nowhere near the optimal amount at this stage in life. Lack of sleep can increase stress and hinder your health, which is the last thing you need as a college student. In order to get the best grades possible, your brain needs recovery time after a long day. Getting plenty of sleep is an important way to recharge your brain.

Take Breaks

You'll be dealing with more work and assignments than ever before, and it may feel impossible to meet assignment deadlines. This is the time when you need to reset and relax for a bit. Remove yourself from your work completely by exiting your room and going for a quick walk, or brew some fresh coffee or tea. Practice meditation, and find some time in your schedule for a quick nap. Taking breathers will help you focus more on the task at hand when you are ready to get back to work.

Maintain Healthy Relationships

In high school, you maybe didn't have much choice when it came to interacting with people unlike yourself. Now that you've entered college, your social circle has a much wider radius, and you'll have the chance to meet many more people like yourself. Use this opportunity to foster healthy friendships. According to the Mayo Clinic, friends can help you reduce stress and boost your confidence.

Improving Study Habits

It's important to have a study routine that's efficient and allows for plenty of breaks and social time. Check out's College Success Course, a self-guided class that contains quizzes and videos on smart study techniques and more.

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