Lately, we haven’t been sleeping too well. We know many of you probably haven’t either, since the midterm season brings more than just exam stress. It brings an entire mid-semester slump! (Maybe it’s partly due to some bad sleeping habits?)

Here’s a few tips to getting better sleep, tailored to a sleep-deprived student body:

If you need rest, keep reading.

If you need rest, keep reading.

1. Organize your thoughts in a new, systematic way.

We’ve found that writing down a “to improve” list can be helpful. Why? In general, students deal with a large number of smaller stresses — exams, disagreements with roommates, buying textbooks — versus something larger. It can often feel overwhelming to try to constantly sort priorities, compartmentalize and keep focused with so many things to remember. As a result, we feel overwhelmed and plagued by worry! Keeping your priorities accessible and clear can eliminate an urge to mentally “search” and therefore lead to less struggle in falling asleep. (Read more about sleep and organization here.)

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mindfulThe phrase, “Live in the moment,” has grown to lose its meaning over the years. After all, how exactly does one go about acting out this popular phrase? Well, it turns out a new study has discovered just how to “live in the moment” along with its numerous health benefits .

Living in the moment, also known as mindfulness, is a state of actively focusing one’s attention on the present. This act of being mindful reduces stress, boosts immunity, and increases levels of happiness in addition to fighting depression. We understand that these days, the mind of a college student is chaotic, dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, but with benefits like these, we’re thinking you might want to take these four simple steps to being mindful: read more »

The fact that we’ve been getting more and more student questionnaires via email asking us about our trends in suicidal thoughts has been mildly unsettling, but it may just be Tang looking out for us. They’re upping their services in response to increased counseling service visits per year (now more than 14,500). They’re also just in time for finals (the season of stressing) and winter (also not so good).

So if you’re feeling the gray hairs growing out, the worry wrinkles settling in or the blood pressure climbing off the charts, drop in on the Tang Center and find a peer or professional–whatever you’re into. Apparently, taking care of your mental health is the cool thing to do nowadays.

On a more serious note, if you need help, talk to someone. Anyone. It’ll be worth your time.

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