How to balance your mental heath and school

Ashley Saunders, currently taking Advertising and Marketing Communication at Humber College

Think quick; would you rather be emotionally stable or get 90% in your class?

The sad reality is it’s hard to maintain both of them and being able to still enjoy all that life as to offer. With so many of us torn between juggling heavy school workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and trying to take care of yourself, it’s no surprise that mental heath in college is becoming more noticeable in classrooms. Too many people stress about classes and put themselves on the back burner.

Here is five ways to find the balance:

Take breaks

Take breaks from doing homework so you won’t feel overwhelmed. A short break ,30 minutes to an hour, doing something a child finds relaxing is a lot like pushing a reset button. Time to get something to eat and unwind restores a bit of that mental energy and makes it easier for a child to sit down, focus, and get to work.

Set Realistic Goals

Create a list of short-term and long-term academic and personal goals you hope to achieve. Make sure that your goals are realistic, and don’t over-commit your time – it may lead to increased stress and cause you to lose focus and become overwhelmed.

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with your parents, relatives, and friends for emotional support as you adjust to college life. Don’t be afraid of sharing your feelings with loved ones – their advice may put you at ease. If you live close to home, visit once in a while and spend valuable time with your family. Remember that you aren’t alone since a lot of college students are trying to balance their lives.

Change It Up

Break your daily routine once in a while to avoid feeling like you are on a never-ending hamster wheel. For instance, plan a road trip when you have a three-day weekend. Other ways of changing up your routine include visiting a new restaurant, going for walks along the Lakeshore, meeting up with old friends, or even making plans with friends in your classes.

Get Help if Necessary

If you can’t solve emotional or social problems on your own, make sure you seek professional help. There is a great counselors office at Humber Lakeshore where you can seek help for personal and academic problems. Remember that getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness. With the right therapy and professional guidance, you can continue living a healthy life and not feel that you are trapped by homework and assignments.


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