Let’s face it: Trying to maintain your spiritual life, social life, work life, GPA and personal responsibilities throughout the week is stressful! In fact, according to a survey by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “64 percent of young adults who are no longer in college are not attending college because of a mental health-related reason.” The survey found that “Depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are the primary diagnoses of these young adults.” Anxiety is one of the biggest problems for students. Not only are college years the years when you are branching off to try this adulting thing on your own, but there are so many demands and obligations pulling you in different directions. This can lead many to feel inadequate and burned out.
Now that you’re about halfway into the semester, the weight of your load might start feeling like it’s more than you can handle. So we wanted to take the time today to give some encouraging and practical advice that we hope will uplift you. While it’s so important that you find your center rooted in Christ to help carry your burdens, it’s essential that you take care of yourself as well!
1. Consider seeing your school therapist.
Many students aren’t aware of all of the resources they have at their disposal on campus—one of those being an on-staff clinical therapist. Most colleges have a mental health professional available to you as a part of your student services, where you can meet and talk with someone regularly about your struggles and help gain some solid ground again. You don’t have to go it alone. They are there to listen to you. Find out what mental health resources your school offers and take advantage of it because therapy in the outside world can be expensive!