How to Improve Your Mental Health

Tips from Ripon’s psychology department staff

By Deana Johnson

 

During this global pandemic, mental health has been an increasing problem throughout the nation, and on the Ripon College campus as well. 

 

As students are being asked to follow social distancing rules and taking online courses in their dorm rooms, it can be difficult for students to socialize and interact with others, which could, in turn, take a toll on their mental health. 

 

To combat the negative effects of the pandemic on mental health, Ripon College Psychology Department staff members offered the following advice. 

 

  • Self-Care: Do things that bring joy to your life.
    • Find safe ways to talk to family and friends.
    • Take a walk outside. Being in nature is scientifically proven to improve your mental health.
    • Unplug. Phone use and social media usage have been found to increase depression and anxiety, so put them away for a bit.
    • Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
    • Cook your own meals. 
    • Exercise and get your body moving. This does not have to be an intense cardio workout, this can simply be yoga or walking to class rather than driving.
    • Do something that you enjoy doing (write, sing, dance, play a sport, draw, photograph, etc.)
    • Go on a date with yourself and enjoy the company of yourself.
    • Try meditation or other mindfulness practices.
  • Avoid things that raise unnecessary stress.
    • Talk to professors if you are struggling in a class.
    • Make sure you are staying ahead on your work and plan ahead, rather than procrastinating.
    • Ask for help when it is needed.
    • Reach out when it is needed.
    • Seek out our counseling services here on campus.

 

Ripon College has two counselors here on campus who hold sessions online via Zoom or over the phone Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are always available to help with whatever students may need. 

To set up an appointment or for more information, email [email protected].