Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Alexia poses for a portrait surrounded by trees on campus.

This article is part of a running series with Rowan University’s Wellness Center. This collaboration aims to educate students about personal well-being options, and each story is penned by a Wellness Center intern. For further updates, follow @rowanuwellness on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

College life is fun and exciting but it can also be stressful for many students. Mental health can affect individuals physically, mentally, and socially. On a college campus, students can get stressed from various things like relationships, internships, workload, financial struggles, extracurricular activities, and much more. There are many ways students can receive the support they need through therapy, resources that their school provides through different programs, and also work on their mental health themselves by practicing some healthy behaviors.

Rowan offers counseling services through the Wellness Center. Going to a counselor has many advantages and there are many resources for students to use if they are seeking help like Let’s Talk, crisis services, as well as group and individual therapy. During an appointment, students can discuss their feelings, concerns, and worries without being judged. Counselors are trained professionals who practice confidentiality which means whatever is discussed in therapy stays there with very few exceptions.

Alexia smiles for a portrait while standing between two tree branches.

Schools have many resources for students other than therapy. At the Wellness Center, Rowan University offers the Shreiber Family Pet Therapy, Stress and Anxiety Student Support (SASS), and Chill ‘n’ Chat. In addition to that; students can receive help at the Career Center within the Office of Career Advancement, with Job/Internship Search, Preparing Your Resume, Career Talk, and many more hosted events. Rowan University cares about each student’s wellbeing and mental health. 

Lastly, students can improve their mental health off campus by discovering ways that help them.  According to the article Supporting Mental Health in College Students On and Off Campus, some ways students can improve their mental health are:

  • Going to the gym
  • Listening to music
  • Taking time for yourself
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones
  • Utilizing mental health services
  • Practicing Positive Affirmations
  • Eating healthy

Students can decide what works for them and what is not working for them. Some individuals find it helpful to listen to music when they are stressed while others enjoy taking a walk. To maintain a good mental health it’s important to keep positive behaviors daily.

Alexia sits on a concrete bench on Rowan University's campus.

Reference: https://timely.md/blog/mental-health-in-college-students/

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Written by:

Alexia Jovanovic-Foka, psychology major graduating senior

Edited by:

Jordyn Dauter, junior dance & elementary education double major

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