What does it take to succeed academically?
While it’s helpful to attend classes and hit the books, sometimes that’s not enough to overcome everyday slumps and setbacks. To help you manage both academic and personal challenges, it’s helpful to harness the power of the mind-body connection.
Your mind and body influence each other. When you take good care of your physical health, you also make a positive impact on your mental health—and vice versa.
Your mind-body connection is central to your physical, mental, and emotional health. The mind and body are connected by the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. Together, they receive information, process it, and respond by regulating your thoughts, feelings, and movements.
To succeed in the semester ahead, it’s helpful to harness the power of your mind-body connection. Here are a few strategies you can use to ace the semester ahead.
- Consciously support your physical health. Make an effort to eat healthy foods and stay hydrated. Get regular exercise and regular sleep. Avoid overindulging.
- Consciously strengthen your mental health. Find time to rest and relax. Spend time with people you care about. Learn to recognize your strengths and find coursework that interests you. Consider yoga and meditation to help calm your mind.
- Reach out for support. Your friends, teachers, school advisors, and parents can be great resources and sounding boards. Share your concerns, challenges, and successes. Everyone does better with support.
Keep in mind that your Assistance Program is also here to help—with a whole health approach to wellness. Our services support your mental health, physical health, financial health, and relationships. To learn more or to access these services, please contact Member Support.