Transitioning to college can be as scary as it is exciting. Living away from home, prioritizing responsibilities and parting with lifelong norms can all be pretty stressful. According to a survey of more than 93,000 students at 108 colleges by the American College Health Association
, more than half experienced overwhelming anxiety, while 85.6 percent of students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do
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The pressure is real, and self-care should be prioritized
right up there with academics and social life. To help cope with the transition, here are 13 helpful back-to-school pointers, resources and tips to manage self-care:
1. Be honest with yourself
Feeling overwhelmed is nothing to be ashamed of, and you're definitely not alone. There are tons of resources and professionals available to support you. Take full advantage
2. Find your student wellness center
Locate your campus wellness center and keep that phone number on deck in case of emergencies. This is a great resource for physical health, coaching and overall wellness support.
3. Drink plenty of water
5. Locate your counseling and psych services
Many colleges offer free counseling services or group sessions. Don't hesitate to tap these resources.
6. Get Sleep
Whether you choose to go to your campus fitness center, jog outside or hit a few yoga poses
from the comfort of your room, get in plenty of physical activity
. Aside from warding off the dreaded freshman fifteen, the mental effects of exercise are real. The endorphins, adrenaline and dopamine released when engaged in physical activity all work together to help you feel good.
8. Go outside
Don't underestimate the power of nature to combat stress. When you're feeling overwhelmed, get outside, walk around
campus and take in some fresh air.
Nothing provides a guaranteed pick-me-up like helping others. Get involved in community service. Organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Boys and Girls Club are always looking for mentors