Did you know that seven of the top 10 reasons why students struggle in their first year of college are health and wellness related? Concerns like stress, sleep problems, depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse have been linked to failure in college. Partner with us to ensure these issues don’t become barriers to your student’s success.
Help enhance your student’s overall well-being by encouraging them to:
• Select healthier foods and never skip breakfast
Breakfast can improve energy levels, help maintain their focus and increase the overall quality of a student’s life. Students should choose leaner, whole grains and consume plenty of fruits and vegetables.
• Utilize the Magers Health and Wellness Center
Should your student become ill, the Magers Health and Wellness Center provides free general office visits. It includes an on-site clinic, pharmacy, lab, x-ray, treatment clinic, specialty and wellness services. Online: Health.MissouriState.edu
• Maintain hydration
Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. Your student should drink plenty of water and limit their consumption of beverages high in sugar or caffeine.
• Stay physically active
Foster Rec Center offers opportunities for students can be physically active at all hours of the day. Remind your student to take a tour of the fitness center, try a BearFit class or tackle the rock-climbing wall. Physical activity is a great way to manage stress and meet new people.
• Recharge with sleep
Seven to nine hours of sleep are crucial for optimum performance.
• Get connected with friends and organizations
While homesickness can be a normal part of the college transition, residential students who are engaged on campus cope better when dealing with homesickness. We encourage commuter students to connect with students and organizations rather than leaving campus between classes. Involvement is linked to student success. Encourage your student to visit the Office of Student Engagement.
• Address signs of stress early
Forgetfulness, moodiness and fatigue can all be early signs of stress. Bears need to make stress management a part of their everyday college life. Encourage your student to visit the Counseling Center if they are experiencing stress. Our full-time counseling staff are licensed professionals, experienced working with college-aged students and have a passion for helping our students. Learn more: CounselingCenter.MissouriState.edu
Mental health impacts every aspect of a student’s life. Encourage your student to make time for themselves and their mental well-being.