An important part of the college experience is learning how to manage your mental health and well-being. Below are a few ways to ensure you are setting yourself and your mind up for success.
- Get eight hours of quality sleep
- Eat a balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Reflect or journal your thoughts
- Meditate and practice relaxation breathing
- Go outside
- Do something you love
- Surround yourself with friends and family
- Unplug from technology and social media
- Recite positive affirmations or encourage others
The Counseling Center has identified the following free online resources to help you manage mental health conditions.
Taking care of yourself allows your body to perform at its highest potential.
The following resources may be helpful tools for practicing self-care.
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress and is often associated with a feeling of fear, uncertainty or unpreparedness about the events to come.
The following apps may be helpful tools for managing stress and anxiety.
- Relax Melodies: Sleep better and learn relaxation techniques to improve your sleep quality.
- MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada: A tool created to help you cope with anxiety.
- Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM): Learn how to manage anxiety.
- Headspace: Practice mindfulness and guided meditation to help you think more clearly.
Eating disorders are complex eating habits that stem from an obsession with food, body weight or shape.
The following apps may be helpful tools for managing an eating disorder.
Addiction is a need for a substance, behavior or activity that is associated with negative physical, mental or social effects.
The following app may be a helpful tool for managing addiction and substance abuse.
• Quit That!: A habit tracker that shows your progress toward breaking a bad habit or addiction.
Depression is a severe feeling of sadness or hopelessness. If you are unsure if what you are experiencing is depression, think about how often you are feeling down, how bad you feel and how long the feeling lasts.
The following apps may be helpful tools for managing depression.
CBT Thought Record Diary: Track thoughts and feelings and identify cognitive distortions.
Happify: Activities to overcome negative thoughts.
MoodTools: Combat feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression by tracking symptoms and identifying patterns.
T2 Mood Tracker: Track emotions and share results with a counselor.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations associated with a behavior to do something repeatedly to get rid of the obsessive thoughts.
The following app may be a helpful tool for managing OCD.
- NOCD: Manage OCD using built-in exercises.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after experiencing a terrifying event.
The following app may be a helpful tool for managing PTSD.
- PTSD Coach: Manage daily life stresses and PTSD using relaxation tools.
Suicide warning signs include feeling hopeless, changing from a normal routine or withdrawing from others.
The following apps may be helpful tools for managing suicidal thoughts.