If you're a student, December means more than upcoming holiday fun with family and friends. It means major academic crunch time that usually involves a lot less sleep and a lot more caffeine and junk food! Plus, you're preparing to return home which may create a new level of stress as you navigate sharing living space with your parents.
If things begin to feel overwhelming, or if you need suggestions on how to keep stress at bay, here are some tips* to help you manage the holiday season:
Taking good care of yourself during this time is difficult but possible. One simple way to stay grounded is to do a mood check by taking a quick, free, and anonymous online screening.
UR Counseling Center is offering these screenings, which can be accessed by visiting Screening for Mental Health website. These screenings help you determine if the stress symptoms you are feeling is a sign of something more, such as a common mood disorder like depression, and how to get help if you need it.
Many college students suffering from a mental health disorder never seek help, even though proven treatment methods are available. It is important for students to know that this help is available, that it is effective, and that treatment often works.
Your mental health and emotional well-being is not out of your control. University Counseling Center staff is here to listen and help.
*Source: National Mental Health Association