Take Care of Your Mental Health
Like a muscle, your brain thrives in the cycle of work and rest. This maximizes its ability to learn new things and stay healthy, both of which are critical to personal and academic success. As you prepare for finals and transition into summer break, consider the following tips for showing your brain some love:
- Let your brain recuperate: Take a break, however small, to allow your brain to rest. Consider scheduling mini-breaks throughout your day.
- Use your breath: Take some deep breaths to help calm your body and reduce stress. Slow, steady breathing can also help increase attention.
- Connect: With friends, family, peers, etc. Interact with others, even for a short time, to support your emotional and psychological wellbeing.
- Get plenty of sleep: The brain can’t work properly if it’s sleep-deprived. Try to unwind before bed with a centering routine.
- Eat: Your brain needs fuel to do its job. Google “brain foods”.
- Stay active: Reap the benefits of the mind/body connection. Engage in physical activity to help your body relieve tension and promote muscle relaxation, which fosters relaxation of the mind.