THE MORE ZZZZ’S, THE BETTER.
*Keep in mind that 7-9 hours of sleep is the goal. Rest keeps your body refreshed and your mind sharp, which helps:
- Improve memory
- Reduce stress
- Increase alertness
*Gartner. Iconoculture. Gen We Health and Wellness: Connected and in Control. Published 2018.
YOU DON’T NEED A GYM.
The fitness center’s not for everyone. Consider other ways to work out, such as taking the stairs, walking around campus, going for a bike ride, or even doing crunches and pushups in your room*. Exercise may help:
- Improve your mood
- Boost energy
- Get better sleep
GOOD MEAL, GOOD MOOD.
The food you put in your body can affect how you feel. You don’t have to be perfect, but consider how, when, and what you’re eating*. Poor nutrition causes:
- Bad moods
- Low energy
- Decreased ability to concentrate
BALANCE WORK AND PLAY.
While you may not be able to eliminate all negative stress, you can shift how you respond to it. Relaxation tactics can include:
- Listening to music
- Playing an instrument
- Spending time with friends and family
MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY DAY.
Be smart about your schedule with a few of these considerations:
- Prioritize your “to-do” list
- Focus on one task at a time
- Remove unnecessary distractions
- Schedule in rest and relaxation
REMEMBER THAT THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS
DON’T MISUSE PRESCRIPTION STIMULANTS.
If you sense that someone is struggling with the stress of college, try offering these words of encouragement:
- You’re not alone. There are many people who can support you, including on-campus healthcare professionals. They are there to help whenever you need it.
- Remember that using other people’s prescription stimulants won’t help you think more clearly, study faster, or boost your grades. It may, however, lead to academic and legal issues.
- Remind your friends that they got into college without misusing prescription stimulant medication, and they are more than capable of succeeding without misusing now.
Here is some other advice you can share:
- Students with a valid stimulant prescription have it for a specific medical condition.
- You wouldn’t ask a friend for an antibiotic, so you shouldn’t ask a friend for their ADHD prescription stimulant medication either.
- Being a good friend means respecting the medical condition of someone with ADHD and not interfering with their prescription stimulant medication supply.
PERSCRIPTION STIMULANT MEDICATION MISUSE WON’T BOOST YOUR GRADES.
Prescription stimulant misuse isn’t as common as people believe. It won’t help you think more clearly or improve your grades. In fact, most students find other ways to deal with stress.