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  • Writer's pictureCalvary Sampson

Beyond the Books: Nurturing Your Mental Health Throughout Your College Years

As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, it's crucial to shine a light on an often overlooked topic: college mental health. The transition to college is an exciting time, but it can also be incredibly stressful, especially for first-generation college students.

For many students, the focus is primarily on academics – studying, attending lectures, and completing assignments. But what about the emotional toll that college life can take? From homesickness and financial worries to academic pressure and social challenges, there's no shortage of stressors for students to navigate.

First-generation college students, in particular, face unique stressors. They may feel pressure to succeed academically while also grappling with feelings of imposter syndrome and cultural adjustment. The lack of familial support and understanding can further exacerbate these challenges.

It's time to change the narrative surrounding college life. Yes, academics are important, but so is mental health. We need to prioritize emotional well-being just as much as we do grades and achievements.

That's why it's essential to nurture your mental health throughout your college years. Whether it's practicing self-care, seeking support from friends and family, or accessing campus resources like counseling services, there are plenty of ways to prioritize your well-being.

Additionally, there are valuable resources available to help college students cope with stress and build resilience. "The CBT Toolbox for Young Adults: 170 Tools for Coping with Stress, Building Healthy Habits & Navigating Adulthood" offers practical tools and strategies rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help manage stress and develop healthy habits.

Another resource to consider is "The Neurodivergent Friendly Workbook to Mastering DBT Skills: Empower Yourself with Practical Tools and Strategies for Navigating Life's Challenges and Achieving Emotional Well-Being." This workbook focuses on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, providing practical techniques for managing emotions and building emotional resilience.

As we navigate the challenges of college life, let's remember to prioritize our mental health. By fostering a culture of support and understanding, we can create campuses where all students feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive – both academically and emotionally. After all, college is about more than just books – it's about nurturing our minds, bodies, and spirits for a brighter future.


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