You’re starting (or finishing up) college, which is a big enough stresser as it is. As someone who lives with several mental illnesses, I know that stress is a large factor in how bad the symptoms of my mental illnesses are. The dreaded ‘C’ word can make some people have a panic attack at the slightest utter, but that’s why we’re here today. No, I’m not going to give you a magic potion to teach you how to stress less about school, but I am going to give you a few tools to use to handle your mental illness better when going back to school.
How do I handle my mental illness when I’m incredibly stressed out?
I have a little something you can use to help you next time you’re really stressed and it looks a little something like this:
Use the acronym ‘DEAF’ to help yourself next time you’re in the middle of a depressive episode/panic attack/any other symptom your mental illness throws at you.
So, final are right around the corner and you’ve done nothing but study for the past six trillion hours. Your brain is filled with complex science formulas, extensive vocab, and you don’t think you remember how to spell your middle name anymore. If you’ve hit this point, stop studying. You need to take time to decompress. Taking time to decompress from the stress of school is imperative, as it helps to fight off brain fatigue. The more tired your brain is, the more symptoms that are going to start showing.
Have you eaten in the past three hours? When is the last time you got out off of your couch or bed and gone for a small walk? I’m not saying that you have to do a whole six mile run to exercise, but a walk around the block will do your brain WONDERS.
Ask for help
Need help studying? Need help doing a chore? Need help finishing up a project? Ask for help. You’re not in this world alone and you’re no less of a person if you ask for help. Asking for help with things that you just can’t do by yourself will be such an incredible stress reliever for you. Too depressed to get out of bed? Ask your room mate or your best friend to bring over your favorite food. If you need help, ask for it. You’re no less worthy of love if you can’t play superman for hte day. ❤️
When’s the last time you went out and had fun? Whether it be at a party, a group of friends, or even by yourself. Even though you’re going to college, you still deserve to have fun! Having fun does tie into decompressing, which is so important to live a happier and healthier life.