Aug. 31, 2020

Maintaining your mental health during school

Five ways you can manage stress and set yourself up for success
Person sitting down with a cup of tea in front of them
Person sitting down with a cup of tea in front of them

Maintaining your mental health is very important as a busy student at the University of Calgary. See below for 5 ways you can benefit your mental health:

  1. Set realistic goals. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, relevant, and time-bound (aka. “SMART” goals). When your goals are well-defined, accomplishing them can be a huge motivator!
  2. Take a break. Online classes and Zoom sessions can be exhausting, both physically and mentally. Prevent “Zoom fatigue” by taking periodic breaks and remove yourself from electronics for short periods of time.
  3. Connect with family or friends outside of classes. Catch up with what has been happening with your family or call up a good friend and see how they’re doing. You can socialize safely outdoors, write a letter, play games online or even chat over FaceTime or Skype!
  4. Maintain good personal hygiene and care. Make sure you’re comfortable, clean and healthy to best engage in your academics and social activities. Staying active is a good way to relax and refresh yourself and take a break from your studies. Active Living has plenty of options for students — did you know that you get a $25 credit you can use with them for classes, programs or Outdoor Centre rentals?
  5. Reflect on what went well in your day. Self-reflection is key in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and developing strong and positive mental fortitude. Not sure where to start? Check out this short guide for self-reflection tips.

If you’re in need of mental health support on campus, visit Student Wellness Services online or in-person. They can direct you to helpful resources and provide counselling services for students.