In a Crisis?

View a crisis situation as an opportunity — creative problem-solving can expand your options. Try to make a list of good things that could result from the problem you have to solve.

  • Understand normal reactions

-When tragedies occur, horrific headlines and images often play in our minds again and again.

-It is common to experience a wide range of emotions that are too complex to organize.

-It is not easy to wrap our minds around reasons for sudden death or perpetrated violence.

-Feelings of shock, disbelief, fear, and sadness can affect all areas of our lives and drown our spirits. These are normal reactions to abnormal situations.

  • Consider past healing

-Most likely, you have already survived one or even many losses or traumas. Consider what helped you most during those times and seek similar solutions.

-Also, consider what did not help and try to not repeat those coping attempts.

-These could include indulging in unhealthy behaviors or not addressing your feelings at all.

  • Be intentional in self-care!

-Be patient, but also be deliberate in daily choices that bring health and healing.

-Spend time with friends and family. Go for a walk. Take a bubble bath or read a good book.

-These and other self-care activities can go a long way to balance the trauma of events outside our control. They bring emotional and physical relief and are necessary for preventing further strife and turmoil.

  •  Recognize a need for help

Mental Wellness Month

 

Develop a positive attitude — people with positive attitudes tend to be happier, and better able to handle crises and stress. And in concert with a positive attitude, get an attitude of gratitude for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good. 

Finals Mental Health Tip

  1. Create a study schedule to avoid cramming
  2. Change up what you are studying/ rotate through classes
  3. Get a good night’s sleep
  4. Take breaks to improve your performance.
  5. Put finals in perspective! Remember that you’ll go through multiple finals weeks in your college life. Instead of pressuring yourself to perform well, keep things in perspective. Finals week can seem all-consuming, but remember that you’re a whole person with needs outside of a single week during the semester.
  6. Being kind to yourself can help you both academically and from a mental health perspective.

Mental Well-being Quote

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh

National Native American Heritage Day

 

Today celebrates the vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages while recognizing Native Americans’ many contributions. Today encourages fostering pride in the vibrant and layered heritage that’s embedded deep within our society. #VTBetterTogether