Golden Eagle Experience
Mental Health & Well-Being
You might have noticed throughout your first year establishing solid self-care and
wellness practices that can help ensure you perform at your best and make the most
of your college experience. To help you develop healthy habits and learn healthy ways
to address mental health as you move into your sophomore year, we’ve provided a guide
to help lead your mental health in the right direction:
Don’t forget the basics! Although there is a lot happening in the world, it’s necessary to remember your everyday routine and habits. Getting enough sleep, keeping a good and constant diet and including occasional exercise are easy ways to improve your mood and well-being.
Limit news and social media viewing. It is important to stay informed about current events, but constant exposure to news about everything taking place in the world may cause more distress. Consider checking updates only once or twice a day and find credible resources to avoid incorrect information. If you constantly receive news updates or other distracting notifications, turn those off or modify the type of notifications to receive.
Think about the good and show gratitude. Even on the worst of days, there is always something that you will be grateful for, even if it’s small. Consider making it a goal to write down something that you are grateful for at the start or end of each day. You can do this by keeping a gratitude journal or writing down things you are grateful for (big or small) on slips of paper or post-it notes and put them in a jar or up on a bulletin board; these are great ways for you to remind yourself about the things you feel thankful for on difficult days.
Stay connected! It’s important to stay connected to the people in your life that boost your mood and bring out the best in you. Designate time with your friends doing things you enjoy together. If you are close with your family, scheduling regular phone calls or FaceTimes can be helpful and provide you with something to look forward to! Continuing to socialize with others when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed can help ease your stress and is necessary for your overall health.
Utilize Resources. If you are struggling with everything that is going on in the world and aren’t quite sure how to process your feelings, make an appointment with Tech’s Counseling Center. Tech’s staff of trained counselors is here to support you with whatever you may be experiencing. Schedule an appointment through the Eagle Wellness Portal or try out their new self-guided therapy app, WellTrack, along with many other recommended apps for both iPhone and Android!