Use these tips to maintain good mental health!
If you’re a student you may be bogged down with school work, lectures, and even a temporary job to you manage your expenses.
It’s important to remember to take time for yourself so you can stay happy and healthy. May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and to keep students aware of their mental health the Salter School is offers a short guide on how to manage stress and responsibilities, and your social life.
Use this checklist to make sure that you are taking the right steps to maintaining your mental health!
1. Get out of the house and experience the world!
One sign of unhappiness is avoiding physical and mental activities. It’s important to be interactive with the world outside of work and school. When you are active in the world around you, your state of mind and perspective will expand and become more active. It’s good to stimulate the mind, learn new things, and involve yourself in the outside world. Take a walk in the park and look at wildlife. Go to an art museum to look at beautiful paintings. Soon you may start to realize you seem more curious, active, and passionate about the world around you.
2. Create a healthy lifestyle
Make a routine for yourself and start to live healthy! Maintaining a healthy body goes hand-in-hand with healthy emotional states. If you maintain your health, you will feel more active and put-together.
- Exercise at least three times a week (30-60 minutes)
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Eat leafy greens and fruits
- Drink water
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep
- Manage your time wisely
- Give up unhealthy habits
3. Give yourself creative outlets and personal projects
Have fun creating! Creativity can open doors for those who feel emotionally unstable or unhappy. If you give yourself personal projects to work on, you can spend time focusing on projects that make you feel productive and energized. Creating something gives you the ability to feel self-worth and interest in the world around you. Once you start personal projects, you can share your interest with others.
4. Stay positive
Although staying positive is hard sometimes, it’s an essential part of maintaining mental health. Staying positive will help you look at the bright side of negative situations. If you confront negative situations with calmness, maturity, and a positive outlook, you can diffuse a bad situation easier. Remember to be kind to others, smile, and make others feel valued. This will help spread good will to your classmates and coworkers and make life easier. In the healthcare field, you will be helping others. Make sure to stay positive and joyful when interacting with patients and their families. This will help others respect you and the healthcare facility in which you work. If you stay positive towards others and yourself, it may be easier for you to ignore anyone who is rude. Positivity also helps you believe in yourself. Remember, everyone has bad days. You’re probably not going to be positive all day, every day. But these positivity tips can help you balance out any negative feelings.
5. Interact with others
Human interactions is an important part of building strong mental health. It’s important to build and improve upon positive relationships with others. Remember to be grateful to others and let them know you appreciate them. If you feel unhappy, talk about your feelings with someone such as friends or family. If you’re managing a busy schedule, make sure your plan time to spend with loved ones. Make a lunch date or plan a day where you can catch up with those you know best. Maybe you can reach out via phone, email, or social networks. Don’t feel embarrassed about reaching out—everyone needs human connection. If you’re new to school, work, or a city and want to make new friends try networking, volunteering, or joining clubs. If you join organizations of interest, you will most likely find others who like the same activities or have a similar mindset.
6. Take time to relax
Since life can get busy and stressful with school, work, or a combination of the two, it's important to take time for yourself to relax. Relaxing can help rest the mind and body. It helps give you leisure time so you feel more happy do activities that you believe are fun or stimulate your mind. You may even want to use time for yourself for personal growth. Perhaps, you want to learn something new. You can relax or enjoy time to yourself by:
- Taking a warm bath
- Listening to your favorite music
- Watching TV/movies
- Reading a book
- Learn a new hobby
- Taking a class
- Get a massage
- Treat youreself
- Go shopping
- Cook a delicious meal
The Salter School helps this short guide helps students and healthcare workers think about ways to maintain happy and healhty moods. If you do have feelings of depression or unhappiness, consult your physician. A happy mental life can help them build strong relationships in both their professional and private lives. Their patients will feel better looked after and professionals can gain a sense of self-worth knowing a positive state of mind helps others! Students can also learn that maintaining good mental health can cause them to get the most out of their education and make lasting friendships with other students as well!
The Salter School offers healthcare training programs at its four campuses in Massachusetts. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us today!