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Self-Care Activities for Mental Health Week

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In honor of Mental Health Week (10/3-10/7), the PSYC Advising Team has put together a list of self-care activities you can practice this week (or any week, really).

Make Sleep a Priority

Sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being. Try listening to some relaxing music while getting ready for bed to help unwind.

Get Outside

Spending time in nature can have a positive impact on your mood and emotional well-being. Check out these Fall hikes near Boise.

Meditate or Try a Deep-Breathing Exercise

Taking a few minutes to clear your mind can help reduce the physical and mental effects of stress. Check out these guided mindfulness meditations or this two-minute deep breathing exercise.


Journaling is a great way to practice mindfulness and process your feelings. If you’re not sure where to start, try one of these journal prompts.

Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is treating yourself like you would a close friend or someone you care about. To practice, try out these self-compassion exercises.

On-Campus Mental Health Resources

A variety of different mental health resources are available to students on Boise State’s campus. Keep reading to learn how to access these resources.

University Health Services

University Health Services offers individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis counseling. All three of these services are accessible to Boise State students. To learn more about counseling at University Health Services, visit their website. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call Health Services at (208) 426-1459.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students’ Office provides services aimed to help all students thrive. Their office can provide students with more information about the financial assistance, food assistance, and legal assistance programs available through Boise State. Students who are struggling are invited to reach out to the Dean of Students’ Office. For more information about the programs and assistance they provide, visit their website.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline — 988

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources. Call 988 at any time to access these services.