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Top Ten Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

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  1. Be realistic. If you are taking on more responsibility than you can handle, rank the activities you are involved with and drop the ones that aren't absolutely necessary.
  2. Drop the "superman/superwoman" mentality. Nobody is perfect, so don't expect perfection from yourself or others. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
  3. Reflect. Take time out to collect your thoughts. Personal reflection in the form of meditation, prayer or other ways can reduce stress.
  4. Plan ahead. Feeling unprepared or scrambling to do something at the last minute can be really stressful.
  5. Healthy lifestyle. Eat a well-balanced diet and limit your use of caffeine and alcohol. Exercise regularly as a way to reduce stress and increase self-esteem. Make sure you are getting enough sleep to feel refreshed and energized.
  6. Share your feelings. Talking to a friend or family member about problems in your life can help you organize your thoughts and get support for your feelings.
  7. Hobbies. Take a break from stressful situations by doing something you enjoy. Whether it's reading, gardening or cooking, make time to relax.
  8. Be flexible. Respect other people's opinions and be prepared to compromise. If you are willing to give a little, others may meet you halfway. Not only will you reduce your stress, you may find better solutions to your problems.
  9. Take one thing at a time. When people are under stress, an average workload can seem overwhelming. The best way to handle this feeling is to do one task at a time. Pick one project and work on it. Once you finish, choose the next one. The feeling of accomplishment will encourage you to keep going.
  10. Get help when you need it. It's never a weakness to ask for help. Contact your university's counseling center or local mental health association to talk with someone about how you are coping.

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