Tips and Tricks to Get You Through the Day

Fidgit Ring

If you're having trouble in class because you can't sit still then these are right for you! Fidgit rings are designed to keep your hands busy when you feel the urge to move around. Learn more by clicking here
 ​​Fidgit Rings

Stress Balls

Feeling stressed? Something as little as a stess ball can help relieve that unwanted stress. There are many other benefits from using stress balls. Want to learn more? Click here
 Stress Balls

Talk to Your Fellow Terps

Meditation and Relaxation

It may be difficult to talk to others about your mental illness, especially when they may not know enough about it. However, talking about it is a great tool for multiple reasons. You can get encouragement of others, have better moods, and lower your stress level. Want to learn more? Click here

Talking to Others
There are many different ways to relax your body to keep your stress levels low:
  • The Relaxation Response
  • Deep Breathing
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Meditation
All of these techniques are wonderful ways to cope with your mental illness. Want to learn more about these different techniques? Click here

Meditation and Relaxation 

Keep a Journal

Join a Support Group

Keeping a journal not only helps you vent your emotions, but may also help identify when certain symptoms of your mental illness are occuring. Want to learn more about the benefits of keeping a journal? Click here

Keeping a Journal
Sometimes you may feel the need to talk with understand your mental illness. There are many organizations and group on and around UMDs campus that include individuals with mental illness. Want to learn more about different groups on and near campus? Click here


Join a Support Group

Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

This form of therapy helps identify negative behaviors. By working with a therapist, you can learn new and positive ways of thinking that can catalyze recovery in patients with various of mental illnesses. Want to learn more? Click below

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
To the left is an example of one mechanism used in CBT. Throughout therapy, you share the situations  that cause physical and/or emotional discomfort in your daily life and address the negative thinking that caused the discomfort with your CB Therapist. The goal of CBT is to gain an understanding that while we cannot control everything in our environment, we can control our thoughts and thereby, change our behavior. During the course of sessions, we can identify destructive thought patterns and change the way we think to avoid negative behaviors.