Mentally Fit: Mental Health in College

We can fake our smiles, but not our feelings.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear.

Our Mental Health is our responsibility, if we don’t maintain it at this point in our lives it will be a heavy luggage of waste on our brain. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, especially in College. Being in college in the first instance, things are going to be great the first two weeks, but all of a sudden we lose track of things, it usually starts in our social life and then we start overthinking and eventually lead to the sad story of stress and depression. This is the case when we allow our mental health to deteriorate, which is sometimes caused by external factors such as overwhelming assignment, the burden of meeting an assignment deadline, the verge of doing exams and overall caused by the mismanagement of your mental.

Don’t tell me to snap out of it

Everyone feels worried or anxious or down from time to time when we have a poor mental health. Like that of physical health, if our body does not have a substantial amount of substance in our diet it will deteriorate. But relatively few people develop a mental illness. What's the difference? A mental illness is a mental health condition that gets in the way of thinking, relating to others, and day-to-day function. Two or three weeks later college, as this in common in the college environment, pressure starts to escape in the atmosphere, workload became too heavy to carry and your social starts to deflate. This should not be the case at colleges should not only base on academics as many would like to believe. At some point, you might feel you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, you're stressed and don’t know what to do about. But this feeling not only affects our academic performance but has a negative impact on our physical health as well. Many of us can attest to some of these examples such as:

·         Eating or sleeping too much or too little
·         Pulling away from people and usual activities
·         Having low or no energy
·         Feeling numb or like nothing matters
·         Having unexplained aches and pains
·         Feeling helpless or hopeless
·         Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual
·         Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
Many of us can attest to these at some point in time in our college experience.

SHARING IS CARING: Speak to Someone
Speak to Someone
Many persons will eventually overcome the overwhelming wave of mental disparity by speaking to someone it can be a close friend family or relative or even your teacher/ lecturer. The benefit of Positive mental health allows one to: Realize their full potential, Cope with the stresses of life, Work productively and Make meaningful contributions to their communities. Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
·         Getting professional help if you need it
·         Connecting with others
·         Staying positive
·         Getting physically active
·         Helping others
·         Getting enough sleep
·         Developing coping skills

Remember our mental health is just as important because it affects our Social, Spiritual and emotional health as all of them are interdependent. Therefore it should be ones primary responsible at all times.
By: Tevin Pinnock | All Rights Reserved
Law Student at the University of the West Indies

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