Author: Shane Braig

Mental Fitness

What is mental fitness and how important is it to success in college? Mental fitness is multidimensional including our emotional, psychological, and social well-being (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2019). Meaning all three play a role in the stability of a person’s mental fitness like a three-legged stool. If one leg is shorter or lacking in some way the stool is not considered stable. Our mental fitness plays a role in everything we do down to the smallest details. It also affects larger aspects of college life like coping with stress, functioning in a campus society, and our decision patterns (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2019). Now that we have a general understanding of what mental fitness is and how it can affect us as college students; the better questions are what exercises can I do for my mental fitness?  How many set’s and how many repetitions are needed to reach maximum gain? Do I have to do cardio and legs for mental fitness?

The answers to the questions above are different to each person. As you can see our buddy up top needs to stop skipping leg day. A person’s mental fitness is multidimensional in aspect to the roles internal and external factors play and how they contribute collectively. The average student veteran can be hit by a barrage of different past and present stress related factors on any given day. Don’t be discouraged there are personal trainers that specialize in helping you tailor a workout plan that’s right for you. At the bottom of this page are some resources to find the right trainer for you.

Maybe you have already found that perfect mental fitness trainer. The battle is half way won because you are not trying to do this on your own. But, did you know that even the foods we eat, when we eat them, how much we eat, how much we sleep, and our physical activity all play a part in our overall well being. College is demanding and to succeed you need to be firing on all cylinders. No matter what factor is keeping you from reaching your mental fitness goals there is a resource to help you. All you have to do is pick up the phone or just walk in. Did I forget to mention its FREE to most college students and walk-ins are usually welcome.

Rose State College Mental Fitness Resources
Office of Special Services
6420 SE 15th Street
Learning Resources Center, Room 106
Midwest City, OK 73110
Phone: (405) 733-7373
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on Rose State’s Counseling Services click here

UCO Mental Fitness Resources
Center for Counseling and Wellness
Nigh University Center
Room 402
(405) 974-2215
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 9:00-11:30 / 1:00-3:30
Wed: 1:00-3:30

For more information on UCO’s Counseling Services click here