Dealing With Depression and Anxiety As an Adult

Now that you’re on your own, taking care of yourself might be harder. Here are some tips I’ve learned to keep myself going in college.

Eat something.

Even if it’s an apple, a cheese sandwich, or a handful of peanuts — nourish yourself. Your body can do amazing things when it’s filled! Snacks are inexpensive at any Badger Market or dining hall; take advantage of this.

Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

We all make them. It’s not the end of the world. You’re going to be okay. College is hard and no one blames you for a bad score. Failing is just a step toward success.

It’s okay to lean on friends and/or family.

They love you, that’s why they’re there for you. You are not a burden. Vent to them if you need to, they will help you.

Go to class!

I know it’s hard, especially when you’re exhausted, but keep in mind they only tend to be one or two hours long. What’s that out of a 24 hour day?

A little is better than none at all.

It’s okay if you only finish half an assignment, brush your teeth for ten seconds, or only clean your face with a splash of water. You’re doing something, and that’s already miles ahead of laying in bed.

You are responsible for your actions.

Your mental health may be an explanation for lashing out, ditching plans, or avoiding school but it is not an excuse.

For more resources on dealing with mental illness at UW-Madison, visit The McBurney Disability Resource Center or University Health Services.

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