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Tips for Improving Mental Health in College Students

  • Posted at Nov 22, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Tips for Improving Mental Health in College Students

Challenges with mental health can come at any age. So, issues with mental health in college students are not uncommon. Being in college and emerging as an adult comes with many stressors and worries which can lead to anxiety. Furthermore, the changes of going from childhood into adulthood can be overwhelming. If you’re a college student who struggles to maintain mental well-being, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to take charge of your mental health. This way, you can better manage the emotions that come with being an emerging adult and maintaining your mental well-being during your college years.

Some tips for managing optimal mental health in college students include:

Get Active to Build a Network of Support

One of the best things a person can do to support optimal mental health is to gain a supportive community. Having people on your side who support you can help you in times of crisis, allowing you to have people who are open to helping you work through your most challenging emotions and situations. It can make you feel like you’re not alone and provide you with a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings. However, it can be difficult to find your supportive network if you don’t know where to start. Some ways to get to know people and find a supportive community can include joining groups and extracurricular activities, getting involved in tutoring programs, volunteering on your college campus, and getting involved with other things your school has to offer as far as events and groups.

Establish Goals for Yourself

Making goals can help with mental health in college students as it can keep you motivated. When you have goals, you are more willing to work through struggles in order to get back on track, even after you’ve been down some bumpy roads with your mental health. One way to set goals is to envision yourself 5 years down the road and work out what it will take to get you there. Then, write these things down and set general timelines as to when these goals need to be met. For example, if you want to have a certain career, write down the tests you’ll need to pass or the courses you’ll need to pass before graduating.

Set a Sleep Schedule

Sleep is essential for mental well-being. But, as a college-age individual who may struggle with mental health issues, it can be challenging to get the sleep you need. College students may have a lot of studying to do which can mean having to stay up and meet deadlines. But, mental health is more important than deadlines, so it’s important to remember that making your sleep a priority also means making your mental health a priority. So get ahead of your sleep, it’s helpful to make and establish a sleep routine. To do this, set a goal to get to sleep and wake up at the same time every day (even on weekends). This can allow your body and brain to always get the rest they need to do what they need to do so that your mental health doesn’t decline. Along with going to bed and waking up at the same time, you can also work out other things that can help you sleep better including making your bedroom an inviting place to sleep, not working in your bed (only sleeping!), staying away from screens before bed, and exercising to get your brain and body tired enough to get a full night’s rest.

Get Help if and When You Need It

Finally, if you feel yourself struggling with your mental health while you’re in college, don’t hesitate to get help. There are many resources that you can take advantage of if you feel that you’re struggling. For example, counseling and outpatient mental health services, like the ones available at Yellowbrick. If you’re an emerging adult who is going through a mental health crisis, we’re here to help. Find out more about the services we offer on our website.

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