Five Ways to Stay Positive In College

Life can take you on a rollercoaster of emotions if you let it. Even though at times it may not feel like it, happiness is a choice. An average of 36.4 percent of college students suffer from depression, but fortunately there are ways to stay on a positive path.

Practice Independence

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The saying “high expectations lead to disappointments” is a very accurate claim. If you give someone else power over your emotions, feelings and day-to-day life they can take advantage and that can lead to you feeling disappointed and unhappy. Learn to be without, learn to enjoy your own company and feel satisfied with solitary.

Pinterest

Going on Pinterest and searching “positive affirmations” can help spike your serotonin levels immediately, and you will find yourself cheesing at your phone. It is a good feeling to read things such as “I am loved. I am enough. I am strong” or “Being in a positive state of mind is more important than you might think as the mind cannot be creative in a negative state. New ideas, thoughts and inspiration will only take place when the mind is positive.” Pinterest is a great way to have reminders throughout the day that everything will be okay, you are doing the best you can and stay positive. Just smile and scroll.

Laughter

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Don’t be so hard on yourself! So what if you didn’t get a perfect grade on that assignment you spent hours on? Go for a walk with a friend and reminisce on all your funny moments together, watch a funny storytime on YouTube or go out with friends for a karaoke night and never stop showing up!

Cook

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Cooking is a great way to keep your mind active and off of whatever is upsetting you. In the midst of having to focus on not burning your house down and following proper instructions, you will find yourself smiling at how amazing your food smells. Be sure to try new recipes as well, it’s fun and super proactive.

Self-Care

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Nothing says happiness like entering the nail or hair salon. It’s so therapeutic to pick out a nail color and leave the salon feeling brand new. After that, come home and put a face mask on, drink your favorite cup of tea, exfoliate, read a good book and unwind. This is a great way to relax and put your feelings of anxiety or depression to the side for a moment.

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