Breaking SAD: Five Steps to Staying Sane

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Breaking SAD

Breaking SAD

Five Steps to Stay Sane

University life can be a bit of a rollercoaster, where every week is packed with assignments, exams, and social dynamics. It’s a thrilling journey, but let’s face it — it can also be mentally taxing. In the midst of all the chaos, your mental health deserves a front-row seat, and as we enter SAD season, we thought now was as good a time as ever to discuss some key strategies for preserving mental health.

1. Recognizing Signs and Triggers

Uni life can throw curveballs, and sometimes, it’s hard to keep up. Recognizing the signs of stress and understanding your triggers is like having a secret map. Do you feel overwhelmed before exams? Is the pressure of deadlines getting to you? Awareness is your compass in the journey of mental health.

2. Building a Support System

You’re not alone in this adventure. Building a robust support system is like having a team of allies. Reach out to friends, connect with family, and don’t hesitate to tap into the university’s counseling services. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved.

3. Incorporating Self-Care Practices

In the hustle and bustle of uni life, self-care often takes a backseat. But trust me, small daily habits can be the wind beneath your wings. I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand of times, but stimple things, like a morning routine (rather than rolling out of bed to make the 9 am lecture), or some mindfulness exercises, can go a long way.

4. Balancing Academics and Well-Being

The uni journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Balancing your academics, social life, and well-being is the key to crossing the finish line in one piece. Manage your time effectively, set realistic goals, and when the load feels too heavy, don’t hesitate to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness.

5. Seeking Professional Help

Uni life can be a rollercoaster of emotions, and sometimes, you might need a little extra support. Seeking professional help is not a last resort; it’s a proactive step towards self-care. Your university offers counseling services, mental health hotlines are just a call away, and local resources are ready to lend a helping hand.

Before you swipe out of here and instantly forget everything you’ve just read, just remember to look out for yourself. At the end of the day, you know you best, so do what you need, and don’t feel too guilty about it, whether that means skipping out on a party, asking for an extension, or just taking a fat nap. 

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