6 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health in College

By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Female student at home studying.

College can be a stressful time. You have assignments due, club meetings, a part-time job, extracurricular, church, small-group, friends and more. Juggling all these things can take a toll on your mental health and drag you down.

While there is not one solid complete solution when it comes to mental health, due to everyone being made differently, there are tools you can learn to help you be at your peak performance and walk through life more freely.

1. Drink More Water

I know coffee tastes really good and gives you energy, but it can’t compare to water. We are humans and made up of about 60 percent water. Therefore, water is pretty important.

Get a reusable water bottle and try to drink at least two of them a day. All around Grand Canyon University are water fountains where you can fill up your bottle (and it’s cold water!). The university is located in Phoenix, Arizona so it’s very important to stay hydrated in the dry heat.

2. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

We may be college students on our own, free to eat as much ice-cream as we please, but our bodies still need its daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Whether it’s carrot sticks as a snack, a side of broccoli or a smoothie filled with fruit and spinach, your body will feel refreshed and happy.

3. Go to Sleep at a Proper Time

Our bodies can only function on so much lack of sleep. No matter what is going on, it is important to get a good amount of sleep. Don’t stay up till four in the morning studying for that test; study for a while, then get some sleep so your brain can work at its highest potential.

Developing a proper sleeping schedule can be difficult at first, especially if you are used to staying up late, but once you get started, it gets easier. Your body will thank you for it.

4. Don’t Overbook Yourself

College is the time for hanging out with friends and going to events, but it is also important to make time for you. It’s okay to not have anything to do—it’s called rest.

Your body and brain will tire out if you are running around ragged from thing-to-thing and person-to-person. Make sure you carve out some time for rest and to enjoy a TV show by yourself or read a book. You will no doubt feel better if you don’t have something planned for every hour of the day.

5. Read the Bible

God’s Word literally creates peace. If you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling through college, drop everything and look at God and see what He has to say. Immersing yourself in His words can calm the storm going on in your heart. The Psalms are a great place to start.

6. Visit GCU’s Mental Health Center

Grand Canyon University offers free counseling at its mental health center. If you need someone to talk to and advice on balancing college life, you can sign up for an appointment with a counselor. They also offer group counseling where you can learn a variety of tools in a diverse setting with your peers.

The mental health center is a great place to get your thoughts out in a safe, judgment-free environment.

If you are interested in learning more about all GCU’s campus has to offer or want to read more about GCU, check out our website.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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