Why You Should Study Your Mental Health
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

10 Ways Studying Your Mental Health Boosts Your GPA More Than Any Textbook

If you want consistent grades, you need to take care of your mental health first.

500
10 Ways Studying Your Mental Health Boosts Your GPA More Than Any Textbook

As dead week and final exams approach us before the holiday break, it is important to monitor your mental health in order to perform your best. By studying and checking on your own sanity, you will be able to retain information better, be more motivated to study, and overall, just feel better during a stressful time. Here are 10 ways that studying your own mental health will help you get better grades than simply reading from a textbook.

1. By forcing yourself to get more sleep, you will be able to feel more energized for the day 

Studies show that better sleeping schedules and habits help for better college performance, leading to better grades. Without sleep, you will be running on no fumes — much like how a car needs gas to run, your body needs sleep in order to function correctly. When your body is feeling fatigued, listen to it, and GO TO SLEEP.

2. When you're hungry, listen to your body and eat some protein 

Protein isn't just to bulk up — it's for depression as well. See, protein and healthy foods are good for boosting your serotonin, which will help you feel less depressed and more energized. If you feel your body wanting more protein, or you're just feeling a little more down than usual, try eating better quality foods, and eat some protein.

3. Study, but take breaks 

Great job — you're studying for the econ final! However, don't over study too much. Studies show that cramming is really bad for your mental health, and that relaxation before those pesky exams is the way to go. By cramming, you're literally forcing your brain into overload, and our brains can only handle so much information. Of course, study as best as you can,but once you feel tired or like you can't handle any more, take a break. Your mental health isn't worth the high grade.

4. Take a mental health day 

It's okay to take a day to yourself. If you're feeling overwhelmed, overly tired, or feel something is wrong, take the day to self-care. Mental health days are becoming more normalized, which helps college students simmer down. Take the day to sleep in, pamper yourself, and relax. Missing a day or two won't hurt you in the long run — in fact, it will benefit you for your future well being.

5. See your school counselor or therapist 

Giphy

By checking in with your school's counselor or a therapist, you are releasing any lingering negative feelings, and learning ways to control them during a busy time. Going to a professional, rather than keeping it to yourself, is always advised, as they will help navigate you to success. Personally, ever since I have started going to my therapist, I have felt more motivated, energized, and happier.

6. If you catch yourself not concentrating in class, you're probably overwhelmed 

If you catch yourself daydreaming, you may actually be overwhelmed. By not focusing, you are having too many thoughts in your head — which can lead to some bad study habits. Try working out, talking situations out, or even sleeping a little longer — that way, you can retain information better in a healthier way.

7. If you're having frequent panic attacks, it's time to cut something 

Panic attacks are no fun, and are common in college-aged students. If you're having frequent ones, it's time to cut something from your life. Whether that be taking a quarter off or resigning from your campus club, you need to focus on yourself in order to be your very best and healthy self.

8. If you're failing classes in your major, it's okay to switch 

If you're studying and studying and keep failing in your classes, it's okay to change your major or even defer from college for a while. Don't force yourself to stay in something you don't like or feel defeated by — do what you think is best. I am not saying to give up on your dreams because you're not understanding the curriculum, however, your mental health needs to come first always.

9. During the breaks, try to go on a mini-vacay 

Longing to escape? Go on a mini-vacay. This is your body's way of telling you you need a rest and to get out of town for a while. It doesn't need to be anything extravagant, however even just going home, leaving the town for a while, or even flying out to your dream location may help your well-being. Do what you need to do feel well-rested and ready to hit the books again!

10. Remember: If your body says no, it means no 

Listen to yourself — subconsciously, you know what's best for you. It's okay to say no to hanging out with friends, joining that club, or even taking that extra shift at work. You and your sanity come before any class or grade. You got this!

Happy studying! We're almost there, guys!

Report this Content
Featured

Scarred

One of the darkest moments in my family's life.

297
Scarred
Huffington Post

I knew this day was coming when my mother’s decided to get spinal surgery. February 20, was the date her surgery was set. It was a normal day in school when I received the message of a lifetime. My oldest sibling telling me our mother’s surgery went wrong. Imagining what could possibly go wrong made my eyes water. Felt like I was the only person on my bus. Everything was silence and my mind was racing. There was never a positive thought in my head. Taking the last step off the bus and the first step onto the porch, everything was real.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Michigan Rain Vs. California Rain

Michigan rain vs. California rain (at Calvin College).

4424
Michigan Rain Vs. California Rain
ifunny

SO, I've just recently had the fortunate experience to be reminded just how Michigan rains. Now, before you roll your eyes at me, I HAVE EXPERIENCED RAIN (in regards of the the popular joke that Californians haven't). However, I have to agree; after experiencing one of Michigan's thunderstorms (with my college's sirens blaring in the background), it comes to mind just how different "rain" is between the two states:

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

21 EDM Songs for a Non-EDM Listener

Ever wanted to check out EDM music, but didn't know where to start? Look no further! Start here.

8455
21 EDM Songs for a Non-EDM Listener
www.wallpapersafari.com

If you have been following me for a long time, then you know I write about two main things: relateable articles and communication media based articles. Now, it is time for me to combine the two. For those of you that don't know, I am a radio DJ at IUP, and I DJ for a show called BPM (Beats Per Minute). It is an EDM, or electronic dance music, based show and I absolutely love it.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

26167
A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me

This one's for you, Spock.

11300
6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me
Liz Abere

Owning a pet can get difficult and expensive. Sometimes, their vet bills cost hundreds of dollars just for one visit. On top of that, pets also need food, a wee wee pad for a dog, a litter box with litter for a cat, toys, and treats. Besides having to spend hundreds of dollars on them, they provide a great companion and are almost always there when you need to talk to someone. For the past six years, I have been the proud owner of my purebred Bengal cat named Spock. Although he's only seven years and four months old, he's taught me so much. Here's a few of the things that he has taught me.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments