Five tips to improve mental health


Get enough sleep

According to the CDC, a lack of sleep can be associated with a number of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and depression. Insufficient sleep is also responsible for weakened motor skills, which could lead to more vehicle accidents. Getting enough sleep is a necessity and a sign of good overall health.

Surround yourself with good people

People who have a strong support network are generally healthier and happier overall. If you don’t have a strong support group in your family, join a club or seek out activities where you can meet new people and develop relationships.


Meditation can help eliminate stress and restore a sense of calmness and peace, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can reduce negative emotions and allow you to increase self-awareness. Meditation can also be helpful if you have a medical condition such as anxiety, high blood pressure and trouble sleeping.

Take time off for yourself

Sometimes we get so lost in our busy schedule that we forget to step back and take time for ourselves. If you’ve been working on a project for several hours, take an hour to do something you find fun and relaxing, whether it’s watching Netflix, going for a jog or listening to music. Breaking up the monotony of a tedious schedule can perk you up and rejuvenate your mind.

Seek out help

There are many people who feel like they just can’t escape the feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed out or depressed. Visit your doctor or speak with someone at Washburn University’s student health center. Call (785) 670-1470 or visit Morgan Hall, room 140 if you want to find out more information. Most services are free-of-charge to students with a valid WU ID.