Taking Care of Yourself

Note: The information in this module is not intended to be a substitute for medical or mental health treatment.

In addition to the professional treatment you receive for your mental health disorder (which may include medication and/or psychotherapy), the healthy living habits you develop and practice are equally important parts of managing your illness. Your lifestyle (including your eating habits, exercise patterns, sleep, recreational activities, social relationships and more) can have a significant impact on how you feel and function, and how well your mind and body respond to your mental health treatment plan.

  • Using this weekly motivator tool can help remind you to take care of yourself and follow through on your
    self-care goals.
  • To get a picture of how all of your self-care activities are working together to help manage your illness, try this all-in-one tracking tool.

Taking steps to develop a healthier lifestyle can pay enormous dividends by reducing stress and improving your physical health, both of which can improve your mental health as well. Students with mental health disorders are at a higher risk for some unhealthy behaviors. You may find it challenging to make healthy choices and manage your stress effectively while in college.  This section of the website will help you find ways to take care of your health, which can help you to feel better and prevent or manage your mental health symptoms. 

Click on one of the key components of self-care to find information, resources, exercises, and worksheets designed specifically for you.

Managing Stress
Learn ways to reduce your academic stress and help manage your mental health symptoms by improving self-care skills such as time and stress management.

Relaxation Techniques
Research has shown that relaxation techniques are an effective way to reduce not only stress but many of the symptoms associated with mental health disorders.  Learn about some quick and easy techniques.

Feeling connected and close to others is an important aspect of good mental health. In this section you will learn tips for healthy relationships and also learn about the number of opportunities on campus to meet students who share similar interests and lifestyles.

There is strong evidence that regular physical activity reduces health risks and lessens the symptoms associated with some common chronic mental health disorders. Read about the benefits of exercise and learn ways to overcome common barriers to exercise.

A healthy diet is a big part of any successful self-care plan. Nutrition has been linked with emotional, physical, and cognitive health. This section explains the benefits of eating a healthy diet and suggests ways to help you achieve this.

This section addresses the importance of sleep by providing facts about sleep, frequent questions and concerns about sleep, and tips for a good night’s sleep.

Bipolar Disorder
This section contains helpful worksheets designed by Psychiatry professors from the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and was created specifically for individuals with Bipolar Disorder as part of a program called “Life Goals Collaborative Care.”

Tips for Summer Wellness
Read this section to find out how to arrange for ongoing care during after school ends, and for tips on how to take care of yourself through your summer plans.


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