Mary always completes check-in with us and is very willing to figure out ways to support our mental health. Whether that is giving the entire class extensions for papers or just by making herself available to chat after class. One of the most genuine professors I've had. Very approachable and easy to talk to!
Mental health is everything! Without mental, emotional and spiritual balance, our physical form eventually suffers and life becomes meaningless.
Students' mental health must be prioritized otherwise it is not possible to succeed and thrive. Providing opportunities to reflect and discuss in open but safe spaces is critical within learning environments. Reflection also mean thinking about how we are doing personally and what are a few things we can do now at this very moment to feel better. Maybe this means deep breathing exercises, walking outside within the trees or getting together with close friends or family to laugh or share in heart to heart conversations. The activities that help ourselves when we know we are beginning to feel overwhelmed (very common during the pandemic) need to be front and centre so it is possible to get through the rough times and put things into perspective.
Putting yourself first is not selfish! So do not feel guilty because when you take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically you are maintaining balance so that you can successfully complete your studies. This is the recipe needed to succeed not only through whatever course you are taking but life.
--- Mary Smith