Homesickness, social anxiety and just the sheer adjustment to environment are all things that you’re going to have to deal with in your first year of school. It’s important that you deal properly with your emotions before it affects your mental well-being. Here are some tips and pieces of advice to help you get started.
Find The Right People To Speak To On Your Campus
Every campus should have a guidance or counselling center that will have professionals that will provide the mental healthcare that you need. If you’re unsure where your campus’ facility is located, check online or ask around without making it too obvious why you’re asking. Speaking to a professional is usually a good first step when it comes to dealing with mental health challenges.
Using A Meditation App
Although meditation is foreign to a lot of Ghanaians, it’s a method of dealing with anxiety, stress and other symptoms of poor mental well-being that has been proven time and again. Apps like Calm and Headspace on both Android and IOS can help even the uninitiated get started on the mindfulness journey.
When you’re a freshman, your diet and nutrition can take a hit in your early days on campus. Although it’s an adjustment, you have to make a conscious effort to take care of your nutritional needs. If not, that can also worsen the effects of stress and have an effect on your mental health.