The Management of Mental Health in College

 College and Mental Health in Adults

Starting college is an exciting time for many young adults. It’s a chance to learn new things, meet new people, and become more independent. However, college can also be stressful, and this stress can affect mental health.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Mental health is crucial at every stage of life, especially during college, where students face many new challenges.

One major source of stress in college is academic pressure. Students often feel a lot of pressure to get good grades, complete assignments on time, and perform well on exams. According to a study, about 80% of college students feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have struggled with anxiety or depression.

Moreover, financial stress is another common issue. College can be expensive, and many students worry about paying for tuition, books, and living expenses. In fact, nearly 70% of college students in the U.S. have some form of debt when they graduate. This financial burden can lead to significant stress and anxiety.

Social pressure is also a big factor. Making new friends, fitting in, and maintaining relationships can be challenging. About 60% of college students report feeling very lonely at some point during their studies. This loneliness can lead to feelings of sadness and depression.

Another critical point is the lack of sleep. Many college students don’t get enough sleep due to their busy schedules. Research shows that 70% of college students get less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can negatively impact mental health, leading to increased stress and mood disorders.

However, there are ways to manage these stresses and maintain good mental health. Colleges often provide resources such as counseling services, stress management workshops, and peer support groups. It’s important for students to take advantage of these resources and seek help when needed.

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In conclusion, while college is an exciting time, it can also be stressful and impact mental health. Understanding the challenges and knowing how to cope with them is essential for maintaining a healthy and balanced life during these crucial years. By using the resources available and taking care of their mental health, students can make the most of their college experience and prepare for a successful future.

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I want you to know you are all NOT ALONE AND YOU MATTER.

With loving  regards,

Monique

 

 

 

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Father’s Day: Celebrating Fathers and Fatherhood Worldwide

Father’s Day: Honoring Dads Everywhere

 

What is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is a special day to honor dads and celebrate all they do for their families.

History of Father’s Day

  • First Celebration: The first Father’s Day service happened on July 5, 1908, in West Virginia, after a mining disaster killed many fathers.
  • Sonora Smart Dodd: In 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her dad, a single father who raised six kids. The first Father’s Day celebration she organized was on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.
  • National Holiday: In 1972, President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a national holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Why is Father’s Day Important?

Father’s Day is important because it recognizes the love, hard work, and care that fathers and father figures provide.

How Do People Celebrate?

  • Gifts: Kids often give their dads gifts like ties, tools, gadgets, and homemade cards.
  • Spending Time Together: Families spend time together, go out for meals, or have barbecues.
  • Special Meals: Some families prepare a special breakfast, lunch, or dinner for their dads.
  • Messages and Cards: People write cards and messages to show their appreciation.

Father’s Day Around the World

  • United States and Canada: Celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
  • United Kingdom: Also celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
  • Australia and New Zealand: Celebrated on the first Sunday of September.
  • Germany: Known as Vatertag, celebrated on Ascension Day (40 days after Easter).
  • Thailand: Celebrated on December 5, the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • Brazil: Celebrated on the second Sunday of August.

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Different Celebrations in Different Countries

  • Mexico: Celebrated on the third Sunday of June with family events.
  • India: Influenced by Western culture, celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
  • Nepal: Known as Gokarna Aunsi, celebrated in late August or early September with rituals to honor both living and deceased fathers.

Father’s Day is a time to appreciate all the dads and father figures who make a difference in our lives.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible men out there and to all the mom’s who are the mom and dad you are celebrated for your sacrifices.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

Love,

Monique

 

 

References:

Father’s Day around the world. (2024, April 15). Create Gift Love. https://www.creategiftlove.co.uk/blogs/fathers-day/fathers-day-around-the-world

Understanding Grief: The Affects & How to Cope

Grief is the deep sorrow and sadness we feel after losing someone or something important to us.  It can happen after the death of a loved one, an end to a relationship, or the loss of a pet.  Grief is a natural and normal response to loss, it can deeply affect our mental health and overall well-being.

The Impact of Grief on Mental Health
  • Feeling sad is a primary reaction to loss, sadness will sometimes lead into depression.
  • Grief can make people feel anxious and worried, they might constantly think about loss and fear the future without the person or thing they lost.
  • Its common to feel angry after a loss, feeling angry at themselves, others, or even the person who has died.
  • Some people experience guilt, wishing they had more time or if they could of prevent the loss.
  • Grief can also cause physical issues such as headaches, stomach problems, and trouble sleeping.
  • People can deal with grief by withdrawing and feeling like no understands their pain.
Understanding the Grieving Process

These stages are not linear, people move through these feelings differently.

  • Denial: Disbelief and shock are common, feeling numb and finding it hard to accept what has happened.
  • Anger: You might feel frustrated and helpless, and the anger you feel can be directed at yourself, others, or the situation.
  • Bargaining: This stage involves thinking about “what if” and “if only” scenarios, as you might dwell on what you could have done differently.

Acceptance: Eventually, you may come to accept the loss and know that it doesn’t mean you have to forget them but instead find a way to live with the loss

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Coping with Grief

While grief can feel overwhelming, there are ways to cope and find a path of healing.

  1. Sharing your feelings with a loved one can help you process your emotions.
  2. It’s important to recognize and accept your emotions what they might be.   It’s okay to feel sad, angry, or guilty, all these feelings are a part of grieving process.
  3. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising.  Taking care of your body can help you manage the stress and physical symptoms of grief.
  4. Establishing a daily routine can provide a sense of normalcy and control during a chaotic time and finding ways to express your grief by engaging in hobbies, writing, or creating a memorial to honor them, can help you feel more grounded and stable.

If your grief feels unbearable or lasts a very long time, it might be helpful to talk to a therapist or counselor.  Here we have amazing professionals that help guide your through your healing journey , find your therapist here.

Helping Others with Grief
  1. Be there: Sometimes, just being present is enough.  Let them know you are there for them.
  2. Listen: Allow them to talk about their feelings and memories, without offering solutions or advice.
  3. Offer Practical Help:  Help with daily tasks, such as cooking, running errands, or looking after children to relieve the stress.
  4. Be Patient and Encourage Help:  If their grief seems unmanageable, gently suggest they seek further help and allow them to heal at their own pace because it can take time, it does not look the same for everybody.