Counselors urge importance of mental health care

Students know it is important to take care of their bodies. From eating healthy and getting enough exercise, it has been drilled into students’ heads since middle school health class.

However, what about the student’s mental health? Even the most physically healthy student can fall prey to the stress of life and college at some point. So, how should students handle their stress?

There isn’t a one-size fits all answer.

Nevertheless, here are tips and tricks to help.

Laramie County Community College Counselor Eirin Grimes teaches students breathing exercises. “If you’re breathing, there is more right with you than wrong,” Grimes said. They are a great way to re-center both the body and mind when the environment becomes too much.

Counselor suggests ways to relieve stress

Another way to relieve stress, Interim Mental Health Counselor Crystal Corbin suggested, is making a list of at least 10 activities the person likes to do. This can be anything like reading, swimming, horseback riding or even talking to a friend states away. Then set a timer for 30 minutes to an hour and do that activity.

For students who have children at home, for that set amount of time, everyone goes in his own direction without bothering other people. This exercise teaches an important life lesson of self-care, she said\

Both Grimes and Corbin said they could not express how important self-care is to a person’s well-being. Moreover, it’s not gender specific. If these exercises don’t fit into a person’s schedule, he can take a second to search “self-care” into Google’s search engine and find almost 700 million results.

For some people however, starting anew by themselves is hard. That is why Grimes is available. Her office has comfortable chairs to relax in with soft lighting and a closed door for privacy. Grimes’ main priority is the students. During her conversations with students who have gone through life-changing events or want to change their lives themselves, Grimes evaluates them on the six stages of the

Prochaska stages of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and termination. This method helps counselors understand where their patients are mentally and emotionally and the direction to take.

As the year progresses and life starts to become too much to bear, LCCC resources are ready to help. Situated in College Community Center, Room 129, Grimes welcomes students with an open mind and an easy atmosphere.


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