The University Counseling Center has compiled some information regarding several areas of concern in order for you to gain some insight and have access to resources. The following are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions. They cannot substitute for a consultation with a physician or a mental health professional. You can always reach the University Counseling Center at (585) 275-3113.
After Making Your First Appointment
Here are some ways you can take care of yourself before your appointment:
- Stick to a routine – get dressed, go to classes, go to meetings. Keeping structure in your day can help things feel less overwhelming.
- Be sure to eat regularly and in a healthy way. Skipping meals or overeating can wear down your coping resources.
- Get as much sleep as you need – and avoid sleeping too much. Six to eight hours are what most people need. To help with sleep, go to bed and get up at the same time every day, avoid napping, and do not study in bed.
- Do some physical activity that you enjoy – walking, running, swimming, working out, playing sports, etc. Moderate physical exercise can help you feel better emotionally. Start small with walks around campus.
- Talk to friends and family who are supportive and positive influences. Isolating yourself can make things feel even worse.
- Try to do at least one fun or enjoyable thing each day.
- Practice relaxation activities, such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, hot baths, massages, and yoga.
- Avoid using alcohol, other drugs, and caffeine for self-medication.
- Use deep breathing techniques.
- Keep a journal – write down your thoughts and feelings. Remember, this is just for you – so it doesn’t need to be perfectly written. It’s an outlet for you to express some of the things going on inside you.
- Self-soothe using one or more of your five senses – watch the beauty of snow falling, listen to your favorite relaxing music, wear your favorite perfume, give someone a hug, eat strawberries, etc.
- Visualize a pleasant memory, a relaxing place, an image of yourself feeling better. These can be real memories or imagined events and places. Visualize with lots of detail, using each of your senses to create as vivid an image as possible.
- Use humor – spend time with people who make you laugh, watch a funny movie, read a funny book.
- Challenge negative self-talk – pay attention to negative messages you may give yourself and challenge their validity.
- Distract yourself temporarily from your difficulties – watch a movie, read a book, play a game. Give yourself permission to attend fully to something besides your worries and concerns.
- Attend to your spirituality – go to church/synagogue/mosque – pray, read religious works.
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Self-Help for College Students
- Adjustment To Life’s Changes
- Communication And Conflict Resolution
- Helping A Friend
- Roommate Conflicts
- Dealing with Homesickness
Depression, Stress & Anxiety
- When You are Facing Traumatic Stress
- Stress, Anxiety, and Stress-Reducing Tips
- Coping with Sadness and Depressive Feelings
- Psychological Well-being of War Veterans: Transitioning to College
- Returning from the war zone: A guide for families of military members (PDF)
- Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals
- Resources for Families of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children
Substance Abuse & Addiction
- University of Rochester Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program
- Community Recovery Resources
- Alcohol Use Awareness
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- ProjectKnow – Understanding Addiction
- ROCovery Fitness Inc.
- Half Of Us
- Relaxation Audio
- Relaxation Videos
- The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- The American Psychiatric Association
- The American Psychological Association
- Dr. John Grohol’s Mental Health Page
- The Mental Health Foundation
- The National Institute of Mental Health
- The National Mental Health Association