OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Ways to Help Yourself

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.  ~ Sydney J. Harris

Coping strategies for handling difficult moods can be very individual. Many people feel better when they:

  • Reach out to a friend, family member, mentor or spiritual advisor.
  • Talk to a professional therapist on campus. Effective help is available.
  • Talk with your primary care provider about whether medication might be helpful.
  • Exercise and engage in physical activity. This can help you work off stress, clear your head, and improve mood. Start with a few minutes a day and work up to 20-30 minutes every day.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Your body needs food in order for your mind to function well.
  • Sleep, go to bed and get up at regular times. This routine can help you to regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
  • Engage in activities that you have found enjoyable in the past, such as:
    • Taking a bath
    • Watching a movie
    • Going for a walk
    • Reading
    • Eating your favorite food
    • Journaling
  • Avoid substances like alcohol and other drugs. While they may give you some temporary relief, they will also exacerbate and can intensify your symptoms.
  • Keep to a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, studying, etc., even if you don't feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine can help you feel better.

 

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