Campus Life | Mental health check-in
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As the midterms draw to a close and the finals season slowly approaches, it’s important to take a look at yourself and your sanity. I used to study at Hillman for quizzes or tests until midnight and forgot to sleep. But I’ve recently learned that I can’t even understand what I’m studying unless I make sure that my sanity is my top priority.
Checking in with yourself really isn’t as hard and time-consuming as it sounds. It can be as simple as brushing your teeth in the morning. Ask yourself honestly how you’re feeling and set your intentions for the rest of the day. As you brush your teeth again at night, ask yourself how you felt about the things you did and what you accomplished during the day. Always remember that even if you haven’t completed everything on your to-do list for the day, it’s not the end of the world. You put your sanity first, which is far more important.
I think it’s important to do these frequent mental health screenings because many people wait until they’re actually hurt or in pain to convince themselves they need help. I believe that if someone doesn’t seek help or take care of themselves, then these mental health issues can show up in other parts of our lives. A checkup can also teach you about your own needs so you can have a better understanding of what your body needs and wants. I think it’s important to know what your body needs at this stage of your life to ensure you are prepared for any challenges that may come your way.
It’s also important to talk to your friends, family, or doctor about your mental health so they know what’s going on and can determine if you need professional help. When someone is uninformed about the challenges in your life, it can be very difficult for you to manage and cope with everything. If someone knows the challenges in your life, they can offer you help or give you the advice you may need at this time.
Nonetheless, it is extremely important to make sure you know what your body needs and wants. Checking with yourself regularly can prevent overloading the body and can help so much. I had a problem bottling my emotions and negative thoughts throughout high school, and one day I let them all out in a bad way.
Not only did this make me feel guilty, but it also hurt my mother’s feelings because she had no idea that all of these thoughts were in my head while we were living under the same roof. We talked all night and came to the conclusion that I should share negative thoughts with either her or a trusted friend. I started with this and didn’t know that the advice they gave me really helped a lot. It also made me realize that the problems I had weren’t as terrible or big as I made them seem in my mind. I encourage everyone to do this because it has helped my friends and I a lot and also brought us a lot closer.
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