College students balance a lot and not just their course load. For some, it may seem overwhelming, which can lead to anxiety and/or depression, especially as a Freshman. Balancing course work, a job, and a social life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you succeed!
1. Master your calendar – whenever possible, take a course syllabus and map it out week by week, day by day, hour by hour, on your calendar. This helps avoid procrastination and stress.
2. Stock the mini-fridge with healthy snacks and frozen meals so your body gets nutrients it needs to stay active.
3. Walk to class whenever possible to get extra physical activity.
4. Party in moderation – have a big social event once a week or a few smaller social events throughout the week.
5. Learn how to say no – so you don’t overextend yourself.
6. Work smart – night shifts may pay more but set you up for problems during the day.
7. Get help – if you are struggling, reach out to your student mental health center. Don’t wait until crisis strikes!
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (919) 636-5240.
Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne
With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board- certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro.