In today’s world, college students’ mental health routines and all surrounding it are widely practiced in college spaces. Whether listening to music before class, meditation, or writing down your weekly goals regarding mental health, we all need a routine and might even do it without thinking.
When talking to professional Dr. Jai Anderson, he stated, “sleep is the most important mental health routine of all, and good sleep at that.” Anderson spoke of using cell phones and disconnecting before bed also playing a pivotal role in securing the sleep needed every night.
Because of these professional statements, the understanding that psychology’s outlook on mental health routines starts before the typical college day, at night, with sleep habits having a positive role on most students.
Consistent Mental Health Routine Or Plan
While sleep can be adequate for mental health, its effects work best when added to a mentally stabilizing routine or plan consistently carried out over time.
When talking to Aniyah Sparks, a second-year psychology major at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), she was asked how a mental health routine impacts her life. In the following, she stated, “making a mental health routine has made me a lot less anxious.
Even something as simple as writing down things I must accomplish for the day helps me handle what the day has in store for me.” Life as a college student can cause anxiety with the overwhelming work and stress caused by a busy schedule.
Still, Anyia uses her routine to organize and calm these fears by writing her schedule out, consistently journaling, and writing down her emotions. “Sometimes I feel like I can’t say it out loud, so, at times, I just have to put it on paper,” she says.