May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

College is a transformative time in a person’s life—a time of new experiences, people, and a new environment. With so many changes happening all at once it may be hard to cope and may cause feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. If you’re feeling like this, you’re not alone. This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re highlighting ways to cope with these feelings. Here are 5 Mental Health Tips for College Students!

4Practice Mindfulness  

College can be an exceedingly stressful environment for college students, and that’s why practicing mindfulness is so important. Mindfulness is defined as “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.” Practicing mindfulness promotes living in the present and extracting all distractions. This helps to reduce stress and anxiety and boosts levels of well-being, attention, and productivity. Meditation is the most common tool used to practice mindfulness, but there are many other forms as well. In addition to meditation, college students can practice mindfulness by doing breathwork, keeping gratitude journals, spending time in nature, intentively listening to music, and visualizing their best selves to help them increase their confidence.