Staying Healthy? Not a Problem, but Maintaining Mental Health is a Little More Complicated.
We’ve all been there, that feeling of being so overwhelmed that other aspects of our lives start to suffer
the consequences. Whether it be stress from school, personal life, or even sorority life; maintaining
mental health can be difficult. We’re probably all familiar with the feeling of drowning once we realize
how much work we’ve saddled ourselves with in a very limited amount of time. What we often forget, is
that it doesn’t have to get to this point, and there are many strategies that can help with maintaining our
mental health and preventing burn out.
Some of these strategies include:
Keeping a calendar or planner of our commitments and due dates
Breaking up projects into multiple days to prevent being overwhelmed
Prioritizing taking care of yourself (hard as it may be)
Building space into your schedule to decompress and rest
And of course, setting boundaries
It is important to realize that, yes, these are common ways to maintain mental health, but finding what
works for you can be completely different. Everyone is unique, and how they deal with and cope with
stress and mental health can also differ. I’m not saying that these strategies don’t work, but rather to use
them as a stepping stone to find what works for you, especially because week to week and even day to
day, our mental health can change. Instead of a steady state, mental health is constantly fluctuating and it
is important to not let it fall too far for too long.
I know, I know. It’s much easier said than done. But even taking small steps or making small goals can be
beneficial. I’ll be honest, I don’t do most of these. I prefer to be busy and almost constantly have a task to
do, but I am working on my own strategies as I find myself increasingly tired and burnt out. I hope you’ll
join me on this journey and we can take steps together to help improve and try new strategies for
maintaining our mental health.