As we enter into midterm season, you might notice that you are spending more time in the library, drinking way more coffee than usual, but are you taking time to care for yourself? Although pulling an all-nighter before a big exam might seem like the only way to ensure a good grade, is it really worth it if it jeopardizes your well-being and happiness? Let’s start the conversation on how you can prioritize your mental health. First, schedule time for self-care. Some suggestions are taking a hike in nature, making sure to get as much sleep as possible, and practicing meditation. Second, consider that you can take a step back when things get too overwhelming. Make use of office hours and talk to your professors about getting help. Third, don’t be afraid to reach out to resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Remember that Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers workshops on stress management and self-care throughout the semester. And even when CAPS is closed, there is still help available. And finally, recognize your well-being is more important than a grade. In the end, your self-worth is not determined by what grade you get!
Remember that CAPS has after-hours support. Call 323-343-3300 after hours or on weekends to speak with a live counselor. You can also text 741741anytime to work through a challenging situation