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Mental health is an issue that affects millions of individuals. With recent events that have occurred, it is important to know how to how to care for ourselves. After all, it is crucial for success.

6. SPS

Student Psychological Services (SPS) is accessible to all undergraduate students. There are professional licensed therapists who will help you in with whatever you need. You must call or walk in to make an appointment. Additionally, group therapy sessions are available, as well as programs that help with issues such as eating disorders, addiction, etc.

5. Journaling

Journaling can be therapeutic, as it can help you work through your feelings and thoughts. It can be helpful in pushing you to identify the emotions that you are feeling. If you don’t feel comfortable talking with a therapist or any other individual, then journaling can help you tell your story.

4. Learn a new hobby or skill

Learning a new hobby can help take away your attention from whatever may be bothering you. Acquiring a hobby can allow for your skills to be sharpened, and you to potentially discover a new passion.

3. Surrounding yourself with positivity

Surround yourself with individuals and things that make you happy. Most individuals' moods are determined by their surrounding environments. If you are with individuals who are negative, you are most likely going to be negative as well. Surround yourself with individuals who bring positivity and uplift your overall well-being.

2. Exercising and eat well

You’ve probably heard this before, but you are what you eat. Eating healthy is not only good to your overall health, but it will also make you feel more energized and ready to tackle the day. Exercising can help relieve any stress and anxiety that you may be feeling. Both together will make you a superhuman!

1. Staying in

You don’t have to go out all the time. It’s okay to stay in on a Friday night to watch Netflix. Make sure to take time to recharge. Sometimes as LMU students we may be busying ourselves with/be occupied with/etc. activities nonstop. Remember that you are human, and should take time to relax and watch The Office.

In a 2016 study, 39 percent of college students suffer from some sort of mental illness. That is over one third of the college population. Mental health is prevalent in college, yet there is little discussion surrounding it. Make sure to take care of your mental health and be there for one another, as nothing is stronger than community.

This is the opinion of Isabella Lucero, a sophomore Communication Studies major from San Jose, CA. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to bdeleon@theloyolan.com.

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