Coping with the post-September “slump”

O-Week and Homecoming have passed, and reading week is only a few weeks away, but for many students, these coming weeks can be extremely stressful. Additionally, following reading week, it’s a six-week long haul to Christmas that brings with it a massive wave of assignments and due dates.

While every student deals and copes with stress differently, it’s also important to seek appropriate help and take an active approach to ensuring a positive mental and psychological state. Here are a few ways you can get through some of the most trying times of the year

– Activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy and balanced life. Included in every student’s ancillary fees is free admission to Brock’s on-campus fitness centre, The Zone. Physical activity and working out allows you to work towards a positive body image and a state of health that you are comfortable with. Plus, it gets you active and moving. Sluggishly watching Netflix and staying in night after night will indefinitely have adverse affects on mental health, and physical activity is the best way to fight this.

– Those ancillary fees have also purchased you seats at every at-home varsity sports game. One realization that will inevitably help you through times of sadness or loneliness is the recognition that you’re part of a larger community. Your problems are not strictly individual; many are shared with members throughout the Brock community, so it’s always a good idea to meet new people and realize how wonderful a support system of concerned friends and classmates can be. Of course, watching a sports game will also help take your mind off any impending school-related stress, putting your mind on the constructive elements of university rather than the commitments and obligations.

– The final way to secure a positive state of mental health by eating well. Mental health is holistic, and that means that it requires body and mind to be working towards the ultimate goal of a positive state. Avoiding junk food, and making home-cooked meals instead of eating out will help you to feel better in your own skin, provide you with more energy for you to focus and ensure that your body is operating to the fullness of its potential.

If you are struggling with issues of mental health, you are not alone, and most importantly, there is an extremely strong support system available to you at Brock.

Brock offers personal counselling at no expense to students, In order to make an appointment, call 905-688-5550 extension 4750 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon or 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Health Services also offers student in crisis services which students can access by calling extension 3240.


Brittany _ New Years Illustration 01

Illustration from The Brock Press Photo Archive


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