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Wellness tips to help you thrive in college

General Wellness Tips

Life for the typical college student is hectic, busy and stressful; often times our basic needs and our self-care falls to the wayside; like eating regular, healthy meals or getting enough sleep or keeping our bodies active and fit. These things are vital to our overall life satisfaction, yet they are usually the first things to go when life gets stressful!

Many of the resources on this site, like stress management, life balance, time management, could be helpful to you in enhancing your general wellness.

There are a few general tips that can help you to maintain and improve your overall wellness:
  • Eat:
  • Exercise:
  • Sleep:
  • Stress management:
  • Life balance:
  • Relaxation:
  • Free-time:
  • Self-care:
  • Friends/family:
  • Hobbies:
  • Hard work:

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  • Here are some ideas that may help you navigate through any challenges you may be facing that are interfering with you overall wellness:

    If you are in a situation in which you are responding in a negative way remember to HALT:

    Halt SSA

    Stop and ask yourself.........

    Are you hungry?
    Eating regular meals helps us keep your blood sugar levels balanced, and maintaining that balance can be a key factor in maintaining a positive mood. When you are hungry, you are much more likely to be irritable and reactive in situations that you may otherwise be able to handle more calmly. Consider stepping back from the situation, having a snack and returning when you feel satiated.

    Are you angry?
    When you have felt angry in the past, you may have noticed you might not have been able to think as clearly as you could when you are feeling calm. In situations where emotions run high, the part of the brain responsible for logical reasoning takes a backseat to the part of the brain that is more reactive and self-protective. In moments of anger, it is important to recognize when you may need to take a time out. Time outs are necessary when we feel like we can no longer rationally (or safety) handle a situation; it is okay to walk away, clear your mind and come back to the situation when you are better able to respond to it.

    Are you feeling lonely?
    Check in with yourself: Did someone hurt your feelings? Are you feeling scared or vulnerable? When feelings like this come up, acting out in defensive ways is a normal response to not feeling safe and secure. Ask yourself what it would take for you to feel safe and secure in the situation and try to move towards that.

    Are you tired?
    Sleep is very important to your health and influential to your overall mood. If you haven't gotten enough sleep, you may tend to be more irritable and more prone to interpreting situations in a negative way. Pay attention to how tired or worn out you may be feeling and if possible, put off potentially stressful or difficult encounters until you are better rested.

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