Midterm season is coming to a close, and finals aren’t far behind. Between numerous clubs, sports, and jobs, Berkeley students often end up neglecting their physical and mental health.

Our brains allow us to think, function, and interact with others.That being said, it’s even more important to take care of your mental wellbeing! So whenever you feel overwhelmed or trapped inside a bubble, take the time to count your blessings and remember that you are cared about. We tend to find it easier to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, so making a conscious effort to enjoy college can make all the difference!

Doing your laundry, working out, eating proper meals, going to classes, and hanging out with friends shouldn’t be things that you have to choose between. If you find yourself struggling to balance your academics and social life, know that Berkeley has resources to help you.

Don’t know where to look? The ASUC has a mental health commission as well as wellness resources available for all students. Online at asuc.org/resources, you can find various programs related to mental, physical, and emotional health, as well as their descriptions, hours of operation, contact information, and price point. There are also anonymous and over-the-phone services if you don’t feel comfortable going anywhere or facing someone in person.

Everyone has highs and lows in life, so don’t feel alone during this time. Feeling sadness or other emotions is normal, and it is important to validate others’ feelings as well as your own. Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and when you feel empty, fill yourself up with positivity. Easier said than done, but we’re all Golden Bears for a reason: we’re always up for a challenge.

This month, the ASUC challenges you to join us in improving student wellness. BET? BET. Let’s make November #nonegativitymonth and turn those bad days inside out and upside down. Dump out the contents and see the good in those nasty dust bunnies.

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