Protecting Your Psychological Health


Protecting Your Psychological Health

Maintain Mental Health

  • Develop a support network of friends.
  • If you have concerns about your study habits, ability to take tests or managing your coursework, talk with teachers, counselors, family, and friends for advice and support.
  • Visit the health center, and discuss concerns with a health professional. If the health professional advises treatment, follow instructions. Watch out for side effects, and attend follow-up appointments to assess improvement.

Fight Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation

  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine.
  • Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noises or bright lights.
  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.
  • See your health provider if you continue to have trouble sleeping.
  • Avoid pulling an all-nighter to study.

Get Physical Activity

  • Stay active. Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.

Eat a Balanced Diet

  • Talk with a nutritionist or dietician at a health clinic on campus or in the community about improving your diet.
  • If you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder, get help. Find a friend to go with you or offer to go with a friend to talk to a counselor or doctor who knows about eating disorders.

Avoid Substance Abuse

  • Access healthy activities and safe places on campus to meet friends.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Don’t drive after drinking or using drugs.

Have Healthy Relationships

  • Avoid relationships with those who drink heavily or use drugs, act aggressively, or treat you disrespectfully.
  • If anything in your relationship makes your feel uncomfortable, talk to someone you can trust.

Adapted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, College Health and Safety

 Community Resources: Psychological Health

UNCP Counseling and Psychological Services- 910-521-6202

UNCP Student Health Services- 910-521-6219

Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Lumberton, NC)- 910-671-5000