Resource List for Back to School

Yesterday I spent some time searching for online resources and helpful suggestions for taking care of your mental health and general school tips during this back to school time. I made a thread of all the masterposts on the twitter for a mental health club that I lead on my campus. And now I am going to share them all with you:

  • Back to School With Mental Illness – general mental health help, resources for specific mental illnesses and study tips.
  • Mental Health and University – how to get through a bad week and be able to move on without fucking up the rest of your semester.
  • Studying With Mental Illness – tips for creating conditions and an environment where you can study even when you’re dealing with all the extra shit mental illness brings.
  • Anxiety and Panic Masterpost – online resources to cheer you up, calm you down, and distract you.
  • Mental Illness Apps – mobile resources for meditation, sleep, moodtracking, and reaching out for help.
  • Saving Your Grades From a Mental Health Crisis – as someone who finds herself in this situation literally every semester, this is a really good guide for unfucking your shit.
  • Guide to the First Week of College – some suggestions for first years to help you make the most of your first week and adjust to life as a university student.
  • Maintaining Productivity After a Long Day – tips for being productive even though after class all you wanna do is take a short 6 hour nap.
  • Study Methods – you learn a lot about yourself in university, like that the only cure to your hangovers is time and maybe your sexuality is a little more fluid than you thought but you should also try to figure out what kind of learner you are so that you can study better.
  • Memorization Tips – when it comes down to it, if you wanna do well on a test you have to have that information stuck in your brain like the lyrics to the entirety of Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis (2003) album (the brain is a miraculous organ isn’t it?), here is how to get that done.
  • Procrastination Hacks – for a lot of people, procrastination is just a part of the process of doing assignments, the key is to be able to move on from that stage and get shit done.
  • Annotations and Note Taking – learning how to take good notes can help you learn in class, retain information, and overall, do less work.
  • Useful Symbols and Abbreviations –  shortening the amount of work that you have to do while taking notes can save you time and hand cramps.
  • Studying Better – how to make a good study space, study methods, and general tips.
  • Masterpost of Masterposts – apps, productivity, study tips, writing tips, playlists, and self care resources.

This may seem like a lot of information but these are just suggestions. Through experience you will find some things that work for you to study AND practice self care. Just remember, you’ve got this.

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Sometimes Self Care Sucks

I really love that self care is becoming popular, don’t get me wrong. As it becomes this cute, soft pink aesthetic thing to do, people are more willing to practice self care and self love. But self care can’t all be painting your nails and “binge watching Netflix”. That’s the big phrase now, you see it on self care guides everywhere, your therapist says it, your mom says it. Look, I was binge watching television back when it was called depression And it is great to do nice things for yourself, it is great to take a day off and just relax but relaxation and self care are not the same things. Sometimes self care isn’t just that picture that you instagrammed sitting cross legged in fuzzy socks and drinking tea. Sometimes self care isn’t cute. Especially when you have got a nice ol’ case of depression or *insert any other mental illness here* self care has to be a fight. It has to be you getting your ass out of bed despite every force in the universe cementing your body to it, it has to be shoving stale wheat thins in your mouth because even though you don’t care enough to put food in your body, it needs it. Sometimes self care is getting the fucking assignment in on time because you are in school for a reason and goddamn it if you let your health take that away from you. It is washing dishes, sheets, or your own body after neglecting them and letting the filth grow. Sometimes self care has to be breaking down and asking for help even when it is the last thing that you want to do. Having those days off are great, we all need to have days dedicated to relaxing but no amount of staring at succulents and draping your room in string lights is gonna fix your shit. Sometimes self care isn’t cute but it is crucial that we do it anyway.