Create a calm space. A calm environment helps cultivate a calm mind. Personalize your space by hanging photos of loved ones or places that bring you joy, add scents that bring comfort, and open your blinds and windows to let in sunshine and fresh air.
Write it down. Set time aside in your day to put your thoughts down in a journal to contain your worries. Writing out your worries will help with stress reduction by clearing your mind and organizing racing thoughts. This can also help calm an active mind before bed and help you fall asleep faster.
Get sleep. Set a firm bed time to make sure you get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep helps support your brain and body to maintain health.
*Tips for good sleep: follow the same bed time routine each night, try meditation, turn off your screens at least two hours before bed, and journal or write a to-do list if you can’t turn off your brain
Get outside. Exposure to nature can help reduce stress and boost your mood. Local parks and nearby hiking trails are great spaces to connect with nature.
Balance your media diet. While it may be important to stay up-to-date on the latest news, there is such thing as too much media. Set limits to the total amount of time or number of times you check the news and/or social media for updates each day.
Seek out help from a mental health professional. If you are struggling right now, we encourage you to reach out to on- and off-campus resources such as a counselor or licensed therapist.