Carefully plan your day. Make time every day to prioritize your work. Prioritizing can give you a sense of
control over what you must do and a sense that you can do it.
Plan your work and sleep schedules. Too many students defer doing important class work until nighttime, work through much
of the night, and start every day feeling exhausted. Constant fatigue can be a critical
trigger for depression. Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is important to your
Participate in an extracurricular activity. Sports, theater, fraternities and sororities, the student newspaper – whatever interests
you – can bring opportunities to meet people interested in the same things you are,
and these activities provide welcome change from class work.
Seek support from other people. This may be a roommate or a friend from class. Friendships can help make a strange
place feel more friendly and comfortable. Sharing your emotions reduces isolation
and helps you realize that you are not alone.
Try relaxation methods. These include meditation, deep breathing, warm baths, long walks, exercise – whatever
you enjoy that lessens your feelings of stress and discomfort.
Take time for yourself every day. Make special time for yourself – even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day. Focusing
on yourself can be energizing and gives you a feeling of purpose and control over
Work towards recovery. The mostimportant step in combating depression and reclaiming your college experience
is to seek treatment. Your physician should communicate to you that remission of symptoms
should be your goal and work with you to determine whether psychological counseling,
medication or a combination of both treatments is needed.
© copyright Mental Health America December 12, 2011