Chat with the Chief: Dealing with the extra

If you’re like me at least, then you are already feeling the pressure of the school year, even though it has just begun. If not, then that’s good, but trust me, it only gets harder from here.

With that being said, there is a lot of outside noise that is going on at the same time, whether it be work, struggling with money, or a bevy of other personal issues in your life. If that’s the case, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. If you keep reading, I’ll share some tips that work for me in order to be able to stay on top of the game, mentally speaking of course.

For starters, I’m going to be perfectly clear in saying that while these may seem simple at first glance, they are definitely harder than they sound. I know that even as I write this that I struggle to do most of these myself on any given day.

The first step to being mentally healthy is being physically healthy. What I mean by that is you have to take care of your body to take care of your mind. That means eating a good meal, one that brings you complete nourishment. Also, eat three meals a day. I know some- times your schedule can get in the way, but if that’s the case than work around that to make sure you’re eating.

Also, try to fit in a brief amount of time dedicated to exercise. Whether that comes before you go to sleep (more on that in a bit) or bright and early when you wake up, try something such as going for a run outside. It’s noted that both being outside and exercising both tend to relieve stress. As far as sleep is concerned, do it. I know you’ll have tests to study for and papers to write, but if you can have a consistent sleep schedule, it will go a long way towards a healthy and happy mind.

As far as mentally, there’s a lot to unpack there but the overall main thing is to try to think positive. I know that sounds cliche, but if you think positive thoughts about yourself, you’ll tend to start to believe those thoughts, thus making you happier in the long run.

The biggest thing to remember, however, is to take breaks. Take some time to yourself to just unwind. There will be days where a lot is thrown at you but if you can unwind with some time to yourself or maybe sitting and talking with someone close to you, that will be the biggest thing that can help you down the road in your mental battle.