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Staying Well

Some of the things we do for our physical health, like getting enough sleep, eating well, and minimizing screen time, are also good for our mental health. But there are other things we can do as well. Here are some ideas:

  • Do things you enjoy. Not because you have to, or think you should, but because these things make you feel happy (p.s. what makes you happy may not be what others find fun, and that’s okay!).
  • Take time out now and then. Being busy can be good, but being stressed all the time is not. Give yourself permission to rest and relax. Doing “nothing” is actually doing something. It’s helping you build your strength for the next challenge.
  • Help others. When you take time to be kind to others, or get involved in something bigger than yourself, it can give your own mental health a boost. Small things that don’t take a lot of your own energy can sometimes make a huge difference to someone else. Say hi to someone new in the halls, invite someone to sit with you at lunch, hold the door open for someone, and see if it gives you a lift too.
  • Notice the good things. It is easy to get caught up in the negatives that happen in life. Instead, look for the positives each day, even in situations that might seem bad. Be grateful for the small things.

Have more ideas for staying well? We would love to hear from you! It would be great to enhance this list with ideas for students, from students.

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