An S.O.S. for Our Emotions
The feelings of happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, and nervousness are all familiar to us.
Therefore, just as we do things to take care of our body, we can and must do simple things that will help us take care of our emotional and mental state:
Recognize and Accept Your Emotions
Even if we wanted to, there is no way to not feel or to get rid of our emotions. What if, instead, we focused on identifying our emotions and trying to understand why we feel certain emotions? It can help to write about the emotions we are experiencing and the situations that have generated them. It is also helpful to talk to a person you trust.
Ask for and Accept Help
QPerhaps your feelings and emotions are intense – they're taking the life out of you - and it may be affecting your sleep, eating cycle, or your academic performance. This is a good time to send out an S.O.S signal to those closest to you! Doing so is not a sign of weakness, and instead reveals your ability to find new ways to overcome difficulties.
Get Together with Others
It’s definitely scary and nerve-racking joining a community and hanging out with people you don’t know at all. It may seem like a bad dream that you can’t seem to escape, but don’t panic! Many people are in the same boat as you, and if you are willing and open, you may make some great connections with those around you. Who knows? You might meet your best friend!
Take Care of yourself and Practice Healthy Habits
You may have noticed that when you don't sleep well or stop eating you may be snappy and in. a bad mood. Well, it’s true! Something as simple as eating and resting properly can put you in a better mood and allow you to perform better in the day.
Practice A Sport
Now that you have a lot to do, you are adapting to the rhythm of the University and you literally feel like you don't have a minute left. At the end of the day, you’re left physically exhausted. Of course, amongst this chaos, the last thing you may be thinking of is to exercise. However, did you know that giving half an hour of your day for physical activity will compensate you with a good dose of energy and will improve your concentration, your memory and your mood?
Don’t Let the Stress Get to You
Let's not lie to ourselves, you are going to have weeks in which everything accumulates, and you start to feel the pressure and stress. And if that is coupled with personal or family issues, you may feel as if you can’t handle it anymore. Although it is not possible to avoid those moments of tension, it is worthwhile to use yoga/mindfulness strategies, relax by having a coffee with a friend, or enjoy yourself by going to a rumba or salsa class to manage the stress.
Scientific studies have shown the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress, so ... meditate!
Be Grateful and Practice Self-Love
It is easy to focus on what went wrong and how we failed. Do you when you flunked a quiz? Or, that embarrassing moment in front of your friends that haunted you for days? However, it is possible to feel better if we change our focus from the negative moments in life to the positive ones. It helps to take five minutes a day to be thankful for the good things that happen to us in life!