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WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Self-care is an important component of one’s overall sense of well-being. While you are waiting to be assigned to a counselor (and always!), we encourage you to follow these suggestions for improving your health and well-being:

  • Exercise can help to improve mood. Walk, run, bike – anything to get moving & release those endorphins.
  • Eat healthy. Your body needs food in order for your mind to function well.
  • Use supports – stay connected to people with whom you can talk.
  • Sleep for at least 7 hours. Go to bed and get up at regular times, even if you are tired in the morning. This routine can help you to regulate your sleep/wake cycle and regulate your moods.
  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs. While they may seem to give you some temporary relief, they will worsen how you feel and can intensify your symptoms.
  • Keep a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, studying, etc., even if you do not feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine can help you feel better.
  • Practice relaxation:
    • Learn how to practice relaxation via YouTube videos like this one:

http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org/meditations_downloads.php

    • Check out the RCNJ schedule of yoga workshops here:

https://www.ramapo.edu/cipl/yoga-workshops/

    • Check out the Krame Center for Mindfulness & Contemplative Studies here:

https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/

  • Check out one of these What’s Up Doc videos from Seton Hall University for more helpful tips on wellness

https://www.shu.edu/offices/counseling-services/videos.cfm

  • Check out other mental health links on the RCNJ Counseling Services website here:

https://www.ramapo.edu/counseling/mental-health-links/

  • Live in the present. Think about what you need to do in the next hour or two.