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Students should make time for maintaining mental, physical health

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Kelsey Vickers

Perspectives Editor

 

With the semester getting into full swing, a lot of students seem to be struggling simultaneously with a lot of issues, stress and mid-semester slumps being a couple of them.
I know I can’t be the only one feeling slightly unmotivated and a little stressed out from the workload now that we’re not at the beginning of a new semester again.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep yourself in check emotionally. While college is a rewarding time for people our age, it can also be pretty tough to handle sometimes.
One thing I like to do to keep myself from getting into a slump is to set rewards for myself when I accomplish things.
Whatever you choose to reward yourself with is your choice, as long as it’s nothing that’s going to hurt anybody or put a huge dent in your bank account.
Setting a reward system for yourself can backfire fairly quickly if you don’t know how to motivate yourself properly.
Another thing to keep in mind is remember not  to sacrifice your health to accomplish goals.
All-nighters, poor eating habits and a lack of sleep can really be detrimental to your schoolwork and emotional issues.
Skipping a meeting or “forgetting” to go to class isn’t an excuse to only sleep a couple hours a night or finish homework at the last minute.
I know we’re all guilty of it at some point, but taking care of schoolwork in a timely manner to make sure you have time for other things that are just as important is a difficult but crucial thing for college students to do.
Keeping your health in check can be really helpful in keeping everything else on track.
One of the most important aspects of health, in my opinion, is your emotional state.
Stress and anxiety tend to bring on feelings of depression for a number of college students, and taking care of those problems at the first sign of it is vital for success.
If you find yourself feeling down, figure out some of the things that lift you back up and make an effort to do those things.
Maybe you like to listen to music, paint, read, take a bath or hang out with friends.
Make some time for those things, because your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Not only is it as important, but it can greatly influence your physical health as well.
It might be difficult for some to find what makes them relax, but learning what helps you wind down can keep anxiety at bay.
I also strongly suggest talking to a counselor if you have a lot of issues that you can’t talk to friends or family about.
The S.A.V.E. project on campus has a number of excellent counselors that are available to meet with you and help you hash out some of the emotional issues you may be having.
Keeping these things in mind will be immensely helpful to ensure that your college experience is the best it can be.
Depression is a serious issue that has an impact on the lives of college students everywhere, and feelings of sadness and extreme anxiety shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Talking about your problems and finding solutions is really beneficial for dealing with the ins and outs of college life.
Also, remember to keep your good friends around you as much as possible.