I'd like to preface this article by saying that I am in no way encouraging people to deal with mental issues alone. However, I understand that not everyone has an opportunity to reach out to professionals so here's my take on managing it alone.
It's that time of the school year again: the end of the semester. Tests are starting to pile up, finals are on their way, and there's loose ends that need to be tied before what will hopefully be a relaxing winter break. It's only natural to be stressed by all this. For some, they may cope by having a study break with friends or if it's necessary, a one-on-one with a professional. Not everyone has access, the time, or the money to do any of these things.
When school life gets hectic, the best way you can take care of your mental health alone is to simply take a break. It's important for every student to know when to close the books or even withdraw from a class. It's also just as important to not be hard on yourself. As our GPA's are being finalized for the fall semester, we strive to get the grade we desire and when it turns out to be lower than expected, it can be very discouraging. Even though we're students, we shouldn't get caught up in grades all the time because we're human.As this semester comes to a close, it's also important to take time over winter break to relax and enjoy your free time while also being proactive. Another great way to cope with stress, anxiety, or other health issues is to get ahead of it. Use the few weeks you have before the next semester to prepare yourself for the course load and work to come. But always, always keep your health first and remember that even though you may feel alone, you will always have yourself to rely on. So, it's important to keep yourself in the best shape you can be.