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I was in college/ University and new, scared, and lost. My anxiety and depression returned; no, I didn’t get instructions to stop it. But I went for help and was told, “just go outside and make friends.”… imagine that.

As a student, no matter how much insurance you pay every semester, I don’t think the price and timing are attached to mental health assistance, especially when the pandemic had arrived, and problems began to stick. 

My anxiety grew as I went from being home-bound to walking on campus with a mask and wondering if I would possibly die on campus ground. I did not have mental health maintenance, and the only thing I could do for myself; was to write journals and have insomnia-ridden naps. I had come to find out that the incapacity to provide care for state or out-of-country students isn’t new, and I found out back in college. The first layer of the problem starts with finding certifying and legal necessities: like a therapist and psychiatrists, especially in the state you live in. 

Even before the pandemic quickly arrived, the conversation of mental health and college experiences was looked at differently. Covid was instantly declared without hesitation to be seen as a general catastrophe. 

Before the pandemic, mental health trials were growing; from the beginning of the national separation, there’s no secret that many like myself had no choice but to go through the adventure of dealing with mental health and focusing on success. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, or even mental health manifestation, it still exists and continues to grow. 

Impact on mental health:

 From being removed from any kind of jovial aid during this period of social seclusion, tension, and sharp changes. We, as students, are strongly heightening these feelings more. In addition, some may have concerns regarding their fortune, healthiness, and wondering if their treasured family and friends are okay.

The problem that many of us are living with this uncertainty is beyond stressful, as we, especially me, go through repetitive dread of this puzzle of worrying about failure and not having control of what’s around us. It is generally impossible not to be vulnerable as higher educated learners and growing individuals. 

Here are four tips to assist you through this journey of being healthy and educated during a pandemic:

1. Try to keep a pattern-  Try to establish a plan for assignments and tests to be accomplished each day. Hold a good nourishment strategy by trying to eat three healthy feasts daily.

2. Have a great sleep adventure- Keep an even sleep timetable. The plan should be 5-8 hours per day, even if you hold a place to have a quick nap. 

3. Unite with others- Without a doubt, feeling lonely and out of space from others, especially if you’re involved in a home-bound for semesters or simply living on your own or on campus. Try to remain socially joined with social, video conversation, or the classic phone call with family and friends.

4. Yes, a Break Exist … Take One– Please, take a moment for yourself every day. Take a break from your phone or computer screen and invest in something that puts you in a comfortable space for that time. There shouldn’t be any excuses or hesitation; try to listen to your body and mind.

You got this. The storm will be over soon.