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The Importance of Mental Health: Strategies for a Balanced Student Life

Updated: Jan 3

“Health is wealth” These three words have a deep meaning which very less people understand. Health is something which should be an individual’s top priority. Health not only includes one’s physical health but one’s mental health as well. It is one of the greatest wealth which needs to be protected at any cost. Many people realize it very later on when they have already suffered with it.

 

# What do we mean by Mental health??

 

Mental health simply means “Being Yourself” An individual should focus on himself or herself l, staying stress free , taking enough sleep, having a quality time with yourself. An individual should be able to enjoy every moment of his/her life stress free, without having a burden of things which aren't in our control.

 

# Components of Mental Health

 

Mental health includes an individual’s ability to cope with stressors of daily life, freedom from anxieties and generally a positive outlook towards life’s vicissitudes and to cope with those.

 

● Ability to accept self- when an individual is mentally fit he is in a condition to accept the things in his surroundings. Also he feels comfortable and secure about himself.

● Capacity to feel right towards others- when an individual enjoys good menatal health he is interested in other’s welfare. Also he has friendships that are satisfying and lasting. There is sense of responsibility for people around them.

● Ability to fulfill life’s task- An individual can fulfill his demands of life when he has good mental health. He can think of himself when mentally happy, set reasonable goals, has an ability of decision making. He is not bowled over by his own emotions of fear, anger, love and guilt.


# How mental health affects Students of teenage?

 

Students at teenage come with exciting milestone that double as challenges like change in behavior, change in emotions, navigating school life, forming new relationships and becoming independent.


Students have growing and developing brains as teenagers. They have different ways how they process their experiences and spend their time. Each great experience and every embarrassing moment can impact their mental health.

 

Some common mental health challenges are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use and experiencing trauma. They can affect a teen’s usual ways of thinking, feeling or acting.

 

Mental health challenges are different than situational sadness or fatigue. They’re more severe and longer-lasting, and they can have a large impact on daily life.

A mental health challenge left unchecked can become a more serious problem that also impacts physical health — think of how substance use, and changes in sleep patterns and eating habits affect the body as well as the mind. Signs of fatigue, withdrawing socially or changes in mood may point to an emerging mental health challenge like a depressive or substance use disorder.

 

As teens mature, they begin spending more time with their friends, gain a sense of identity and purpose, and become more independent. All of these experiences are crucial for their development, and a mental health challenge can disrupt or complicate that development. Depending on the severity of the mental health challenge, the effects can last long into adulthood if left unaddressed.

 

# How do we address teens’ mental health?

 

Teens need tools to talk about what’s going on with them, and they need tools for when their friends reach out to them. Research shows that teens are more likely to talk to their friends than an adult about troubles they’re facing.

 

That’s why it’s important to talk to teens about the challenges they may deal with as they grow up and navigate young adulthood. They need to know it’s OK to sometimes feel sad, angry, alone, and frustrated. But persistent problems may be pointing to something else, and it is crucial to be able to recognize early warning signs so teens can get appropriate help in a timely manner. teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students in grades 10-12 how to identify, understand and respond to signs of a mental health problem or crisis among their friends — and how to bring in a trusted adult when it’s appropriate and necessary. With proper care and treatment, many teens with mental health or substance use challenges can recover. The first step is getting help.

 

 

Strategies for a Balanced Student Life:

 

1. Schedule your schoolwork- Whether it’s your nightly homework, a big project or an exam, it’s important to use a clear schedule to get it all done.

 

2. Avoid distractions, such as your cell phone or the internet- always having your mobile phones around you creates a distraction and decreases your concentration. When studying avoid having mobiles with you.

 

3. Talk to your teacher-  If you’re still having trouble getting all your work done after doing your best to be more efficient, talk to your teacher about it. It’s possible they’re not aware of how heavy the workload they’re giving is, or they might be able to help you get through it more efficiently.

 

4. Make time only for activities you want to participate in-  There’s nothing wrong with going to a party or hanging out with friends, as long as you don’t feel forced into it. Don’t succumb to peer pressure because you want to fit in or be cool.


5. Start Taking Care of Your Body- The body is your abode. Especially for students, during their growing age self-care is very important. You can take care of yourself by doing following things such as:


  • Having a well-balanced diet

  • Exercising regularly

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Take enough sleep

  • Taking out time for things you enjoy

6. Start Valuing Yourself-You should not compare yourself with others. Treating  yourself with kindness and respect in every possible situation is the best way to take care of yourself.

 

7. Learn to Deal With Stress- Stress has become a part of students’ lives. It could be because of academic pressure, peer pressure and exam pressure. To deal with stress, you can try going out for walks and practising yoga. Some students also find listening to music and watching funny videos calming and relaxing.

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