The Stigma Of Dealing With Mental Illness In College Is Very Real

The Stigma Of Dealing With Mental Illness In College Is Very Real, Even Now



Mental illness, for lack of a better word, is a bitch. With everything students have to deal with, you'd think our brains would throw us a bone, but no.

Maybe as a child, we dealt with social anxiety and nervousness like a lot of kids did, but then it went away. My mom used to tell me that when I would see strangers or get into an uncomfortable situation, I'd bend down and act like I was tying my shoes to avoid eye contact. The funny thing? I wore Velcro shoes.

I also used to be terrified of loud noises and roller-coasters (every kid, has a fear, right?). One time, the fear of fireworks scared me so bad that I had my first panic attack. I was nine-years-old. No one thought anything of it then.

Flash-forward ten years, the fall of 2017, I'm under a lot of stress at school, stressed at my two jobs that I work 30 hours a week at, and family issues never help. My anxiety came back full force from something so minute. It changed the way I live my young adult years. It will hit me at random moments; I won't be able to breathe, my mind starts racing, my fight or flight responses kick in and my entire body is stone cold. It can happen at work, during class, or even while I'm just laying down watching T.V.

Some people read the word anxiety and roll their eyes. You're just overworked, calm down. Take a deep breath and go on about your day. What they don't understand is that at times, it can be so crippling you don't want to get out of bed because you're afraid if you do, you'll die.

People that aren't plagued by mental illness don't understand the need for a mental health day or the actual anxiety that some experience just from daily tasks. Generally, older adults think we're weak, gentle snowflakes that cry wolf every five minutes. What they don't know is that mental illness is a real issue on college campuses and among young adults from ages 18-24.

Things aren't as easy as they used to be for the previous generations. Many students are putting themselves through college alone, working many part-time jobs or at least a full-time job at the same time.

Our school work piles up as we work, and work, and work, and then we come home late at night to study, and repeat it all the next day. Without the time to ourselves to decompress or proper time to sleep, we're driven to mental illness by the monotonous day to day "grind" that everyone boasts about. Students don't have the same time to relax as others, it's a constant go, go, go.

The worst part about it is the stigma, the disbelief that you're actually ill and just overthinking everything. Employers, family members, and unaffected friends push you to keep going, to swallow your feelings until you can't quite take it anymore and explore in one way or another.

It's not all dark and scary, however. There are other friends that are there for you to listen, to suffer with, and to help you understand your feelings and get help. Sometimes with a little medicine or a chat with a professional can help lessen the anxiety, the depression, or any other mental illness that affect your personality.


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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.

We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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8 Unconventional Ways To De-Stress We All Need

Moody isn't always the move.


When the stress of finals hits a little too hard and Moody is no longer the move, I use these tricks as a way to stay positive and power through the semester!

1. Plan a Trip


While it's not always financially feasible to travel all over the world, I've found that when I take 30-45 minutes to plan a 'bucket list' vacation, my stress levels almost always decrease. Granted, I'm a Type-A person so planning gives me extreme joy. I love to look up cheap flights on Google Flights for a date in the future and then plan a trip around it; I'll go onto TripAdvisor and find an ideal hotel, a list of things I want to do, and restaurants I want to eat at. Maybe the trip isn't happening YET, but who knows? At least you'll have it planned when you actually do get to visit that dream destination in the future!

2. Make a list of short-term and long-term goals

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Sometimes I need to feel like I'm being productive when I'm not actually being productive. A bit of an oxymoron, but nonetheless I love making both short term and long term to-do lists of sorts as a study break. This is super easy to do in those odd breaks in classes or even between studying for different classes! Just grab a piece of paper and write down what you want to get done for the rest of the day, week, year... The depth and extent of the list is truly up to you!

3. Online. Shopping.

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Online shopping is definitely a de-stress method for those that love fashion like me. So if you have to be dragged into the mall, this suggestion is probably not for you! I personally love visiting some of my favorite store websites (looking @ you Nordstrom) and looking at some of the new pieces and upcoming trends. Being able to be enveloped in something completely unrelated to what I'm studying for is much needed at times!

4. Go for a walk around campus/ town

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Sometimes I start to go 'stir crazy' if I've been sitting inside for too long! I love putting in some earbuds and going for a walk around campus if it's a pretty day, just to get a break from staring at a computer. And, okay yes, I usually treat myself to a coffee while I'm out (CG is the move if you're at Baylor)!

5. Get some friends together and make a treat of some sort


Sometimes at the end of a long study day, my friends and I just want to do something low-key and fun. A lot of times my friends and I will go to the store and get a couple of ingredients to make a dessert together. These do not have to be elaborate. Some of the things my friends and I have baked this year include a cookie log, peep s'mores, and pre-made cookies. We're not exactly honing in on our culinary/baking skills, but it's fun to spend time together and have a yummy end result!

6. Make some tea, diffuse some essential oil, and do a face mask


I absolutely love doing a 'self-care' night every once in a while. When I have a test I, along with many others I'm sure, can get super stressed and anxious! One thing that really helps calm me down is putting on a face mask, making myself some tea, and diffusing some essential oils. I use this time to read my Bible, catch up on a TV show, or just listen to music. As important as it is to prepare well for the test/final, it helps me so much to schedule in some "relaxation" time as well!

7. Use a journal either to reflect on the day or sketch


I'm going to preface this by saying, I am not artsy at all. However, sometimes getting out a journal and sketching/doodling is a great way to de-stress in the midst of studying! I also really enjoy using a journal to write reflections/prayers/ quotes I love as a way to break up the studying as well.

8. Make a presentation on something you're excited about


This is for all you fellow type-A personality, planners like me! One of my favorite ways to relax and reward myself after studying is to make a presentation (google slide presentation to be exact) of some events/places/plans I'm excited for. I've made presentations detailing what my friends and I will do in the summer, travel plans, and a study-abroad information presentation for my parents, amongst other things.

Hopefully, these ideas will help get y'all through the stress of the final exams/tests/quizzes to come. Though unconventional, these are just some of the ways I remind myself that there is ultimately more to life than school and studying!

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