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School is just around the corner, are you and everyone in your family ready? As our psychiatrist in Augusta County, VA will tell you, there’s a lot you can do to promote mental health this school year. Whether you are in high school or starting college, here are 3 mental health tips to try.

1. Set Small Goals for Each Day

It’s easy to be very overwhelmed when school starts, but it’s a great idea to set small goals for you to accomplish. Whether it’s making all your classes or all the extracurriculars you want to try, working towards your goals will provide a great mental boost. When you set goals and meet or go past expectations, it can help you feel in control and boosts your self-esteem in the process.

2. Rest Your Brain

Yes, we know, the lure of the late-night bar is very compelling – and the last thing we want to do is put a stop to your partying. The trick here is finding something to balance it out. Vedic meditation is a strong technique to adopt at times like this, being credited for a reduction in sleep disorders and effective at reducing anxiety and the stress hormone cortisol. The process is easy and simply involves silently repeating a personalised sound (mantra) for 20 minutes, twice a day. It can be practised anywhere, which means you can get it done in your room, before going out there and showing your new classmates what a confident and positive person you are.

3. Get the Help You Need

According to NPR,

“Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse. And yet most children — nearly 80 percent — who need mental health services won’t get them”.

That means, whether you’re in high school or in college, it’s important that you take mental health seriously. A great way to do that is by talking to a psychiatrist in Shenandoah County that can help. Our team is dedicated to comprehensive treatment that provides unparalleled care for mood disorders and related psychological problems. From creating cognitive behavioral therapy plans to individual counseling— we can give you the tools you need to unlock your future. If you’re ready to get started with Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, contact us to get started.