Mental Health in College

As a college student that currently goes to the Ohio State University, I begin to notice more and more that mental health becomes more of an important topic to me. As I progress throughout my first semester and get ready for finals, I notice that the mental health care that I set as a main goal for myself became a detrimental part of my success.

Of course academics are important and even though I did pretty well, I mean more so as savory moments and personal growth. I’ve realized that even though college is an extremely rigorous environment, It’s something that I’ve learned to be content with. Even if I don’t do well in my classes, there’s no way for me to say that I’ve had a bad semester. Here’s how I achieved my goal of maintaining my mental health and well-being in college.

Stay Focused

In college, we tend to overwork ourselves a lot more than we think. Staying focused is a really hard part of making sure our attention span doesn’t wither away. College is so go go go that we never take time to stop and look at the things that are around us.

Worrying about your 7 page paper due tomorrow that you haven’t started or having a midterm that you didn’t prepare for obviously doesn’t help this situation one bit. Things like that come with time management which is something I will talk about in my next point. The main purpose of being focused is to train your brain to not let any outside activity distract you from reaching your goal.

College students tend to have a low focus capacity because it is very hard to maintain high amounts of information at one time. This is something that needs practice and will fall into place overtime but a good way to practice is to stare at your hand for about 30 seconds and see if you can keep your eyes on it without moving your head around. This is just one small step that can be very helpful for mental health.

Time Management

Time management is an extremely important part of college and if you don’t manage your time well, I am 99% sure this will reflect your grades for the semester.

Classes are already hard enough in college as it is and for you to slack off and not get any work done is going to hurt you very much. Time management is very important for maintaining mental health in college because of your stress levels. Time management is something that will help lower your stress levels or at least settle them so you’re not worried about having enough time to go to a meeting or writing a long essay.

I believe that time management is something that will truly help you get the most out of your college experience rather than being apart of that go go no time to look culture that college tends to have. It really helps to get an assignment done early so you can allot more time to eating out with your friends or playing video games.

This will also help you build on your relationships more efficiently. In college, relationships are intensely important in college because of the new people that you get to meet. A campus and a high school are two completely different environments so if you have more time to build those relationships and network, you will be very successful.

It’s Okay to Be Lonely!

The most important point I have about maintaining your mental health in college is to be alone. I know most people live by the “Don’t let people sit at the lunch table alone” rule and even though it is nice be considerate of that person that’s more of a high school mindset.

In college it’s okay to be alone. It’s apart of life and it’s something that everyone needs once in a while. Even though it’s healthy to have a lot of friends and strong relationships, we are all individuals and sometimes we just need to be alone with our thoughts.

This idea of being alone in college is actually a really helpful tool to be productive because people who are alone tend to get more work done than the people who are wasting time talking with each other and not focusing on the task at hand.

If you truly care about doing well in college, I encourage you to take these points into consideration and see how they can be applicable to you and your mental health throughout your college life. 

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