Mental Health Month could come at no better time than May. Well, at least no better time for college students. With the semester winding down the stresses of studying, finals, papers, and graduation can weigh heavily on your mind. Although your To-Do List may be countless items long, it's important to put your well-being at the top of the list. While it may seem like stressing out is the only way to make it through finals week, there are plenty of other options that allow you to keep your GPA and your spirits up.
Mental Health America is sponsoring a campaign called Live Your Life Well. According to their website, "Live Your Life Well is a national public education campaign dedicated to helping people better cope with stress and enhancing their well-being". The website hopes to aid people in realizing their stress, recognizing stressors, and figuring out the best ways to cope. It's important to remember that everyone responds to and deals with stress differently. A little good stress (or eustress) can help keep you motivated and on task. However, stress can very quickly turn negative when it gets to be too much. Eventually, poor mental health can begin to affect your physical health. You may have difficulty sleeping, focusing, random aches and pains, changes in appetite, or severe mood swings. It's normal to worry about grades or exams, but those things should not take precedence over your health and happiness. Check your stress levels, and recognize when you need to take a break to just relax. Grades aren't everything, but your health is.
In need of a place to relax? Check out the Relax Fair this Friday from 12-3 on the Beach. There will be inflatable games, giveaways, obstacle courses, and plenty of other ways to release some of that pent of stress. So put the books aside for an hour or three and come on out and enjoy yourself!