The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. ~ Sydney J. Harris
Coping strategies for handling difficult moods can be very individual. Many people feel better when they:
- Reach out to a friend, family member, mentor or spiritual advisor.
- Talk to a professional therapist on campus. Effective help is available.
- Talk with your primary care provider about whether medication might be helpful.
- Exercise and engage in physical activity. This can help you work off stress, clear your head, and improve mood. Start with a few minutes a day and work up to 20-30 minutes every day.
- Eat a healthy diet. Your body needs food in order for your mind to function well.
- Sleep, go to bed and get up at regular times. This routine can help you to regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
- Engage in activities that you have found enjoyable in the past, such as:
- Taking a bath
- Watching a movie
- Going for a walk
- Eating your favorite food
- Avoid substances like alcohol and other drugs. While they may give you some temporary relief, they will also exacerbate and can intensify your symptoms.
- Keep to a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, studying, etc., even if you don't feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine can help you feel better.