College Is Important. So Is Mental Health. Here’s How To Study Without Burning Out

College Is Important. So Is Mental Health. Here’s How To Study Without Burning Out

You’ve signed up for classes, you’ve learned your way around the virtual course system — and now, you’ve got to make sure you persist all the way to graduation.

Laptop or paper notes? Highlighter or flashcards? And does music help while studying? Here’s how to take better notes and study so that you remember what you’ve learned — without getting crushed by college stress. Plus: what to do if you do feel crushed.

Tips:

  1. Learn how to take notes.
  2. Get a planner and actually use it.
  3. When studying, don’t just put information into your brain. Draw it back out.
  4. Failure is not the end.
  5. Take care of yourself — and get some sleep.
  6. Let go of the stigma around mental health problems.
  7. Know when to reach out for help.

Click this link to the article with tips and resources to learn more about good study habits that will help you be a successful college student without burning out. This article includes written tips and a podcast for you to listen to. 

Source: Elissa Nadwordy, Education Reporter with NPR

 

Taking Care of Your Body During a Pandemic: Daily Walks, Workouts, and Dancing!

Taking Care of Your Body During a Pandemic: Daily Walks, Workouts, and Dancing!

A lot of our daily routines have halted like driving to work or school, meeting up with friends, and working out. While some of these are still not yet safe to do, there are ways to shift these activities into our new reality. Gyms will most likely be one of the last public spaces in California to open but we have gathered some tips for you to stay fit at home! 

Tips: 

  • Youtube workouts: There’s plenty of workout videos on Youtube that you can follow along to. Try searching for what fits your environment! For example workouts in small spaces, backyard workouts, low impact workouts, no equipment workout, etc.
  • Outdoor Workouts: While gyms are not open, outdoor activities are still open for you to safely participate in. This includes going for a walk, running, hiking at your local trails.  Just make sure to follow the CDC guidelines of staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a mask. Find your local open state park here: State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center
  •  Working out with others: Feeling lonely? Don´t feel too down, you can still work out with others without having to leave your home. Set up a time for you and your friends to work out together via facetime, zoom, etc. Follow an online video or influencer, or switch it up and have someone in your group lead!
  • Daily routine: Little activities like dancing, cleaning, taking your pet for a walk all count as a fitness activity, add fitness into your daily routine and you’ll forget you’re even working out.

Staying fit is not only good for your body but your mental health as well. It allows you to destress and get away from the overwhelming amount of news that is currently happening. But at the same time, we also understand that what’s going on in the world might make it difficult to do things like getting up and being active. Remember to be patient with yourself, you are doing the best you can. Taking a break and just staying in bed, is taking care of yourself and your body just as much. 

 

Find Services to Support Your Mental Health

Find Services to Support Your Mental Health

An important factor in mental health is knowing what help you need and where you can find it. During this time of uncertainty, you might find yourself anxious, overwhelmed, and/or discouraged. They are all valid feelings. If these feelings continue for a long period of time, you might find some security in taking an online mental health assessment. By taking a mental health screening/ assessment, you are opening yourself to resources and support that will help you throughout your college career and after. 

 Mental health screenings are short quizzes that tally up your score and give you a quick analysis of what you might be feeling and if they are symptoms of a mental health condition. Below are some sites that do free online screenings: 

  • Mental Health America: features online mental screening tests in English and Spanish regarding anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, psychosis, eating disorders, and PTSD.
  • American Mental Wellness: a hub of different screening tests where you can take multiple screenings from different medical sites regarding depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, abuse/dating violence/ domestic violence, and more.

Once you complete the screenings, both sites provide information regarding where to find resources corresponding to your results. Whether you find out you have symptoms of a condition or not, therapy is something students, especially first-generation students can partake in and take advantage of. 

    • Your College’s Wellness Center: Your college possibly offers mental health services at your Student Health/Wellness Center. Some colleges offer up to three sessions. Take advantage of them, their services are included in the tuition and fees you already pay for!  

There are several resources out there to support your needs and you are worthy of all of them! Any step you take towards the betterment of your mental health is a big win for yourself, your mind and body, and those who care for you. We are ready to support you. 

 

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the stress we have all collectively felt throughout this year. From being personally affected by the virus to losing our jobs, transitioning to distanced learning, and so much more. All the emotions you have felt and continue to feel are completely valid. We also acknowledge how difficult it may be to be home at this time. College is an escape for many of us for a wide array of reasons. As low-income first-generation students, we do not often have our own space to focus solely on schoolwork. It is important to establish boundaries during this time with your family, siblings, or whoever you share a space with. Since the pandemic continues to bring uncertainty, it continues to cause anxiety and stress in our communities. It is important to practice self-care and take care of ourselves and our mental health. Mental Health resources are also not always accessible, however we have provided a few resources below that will help with practicing self-care.

  •  Self Care Interactive Guide: Self-care is important, and you deserve to devote some time to it. This is an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self-care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals.
  • Care for Your Anxiety: COVID-19 has caused anxiety for many of us, especially with the increasing number of cases in California. Use this toolkit to care for your anxiety by meditating, finding tips to feel at ease, and find support.
  • Apps like Headspace help with meditation and breathing techniques. Download them to find the best fit for you.
    • If you are an LA resident, you will have access to Headspace for free until December 31st. College students can pay $9 for a yearly subscription.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:
    • Taking Care of Your Emotional Health: It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
    • Coping With Stress: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/