Category: Life Skills

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

 

Sleep Your Way to Better Grades

Students who get good sleep may have cracked the secret to better grades and some time on the Dean’s list, according to a study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sleep is a needed to help us stay alert for threats to our well-being as well as a chance for our bodies to heal after each day. Students want to work hard to stay current in their classes and keep up with the work from a full schedule. That requires a balancing act that goes heavy on activity and usually sleep is sacrificed. The point is that we need good, quality sleep not massive amounts of it.

Researchers at MIT have found that a regular consistent sleep schedule contributed noticeably to not only better grades but lower anxiety levels in class. Quality rest helped with retention of material read before class and understanding of discussions during class. The researchers also found that students who tend to stay up late and go to bed around 2 a.m. tended to perform poorly on tests no matter how much sleep they got. Quality sleep was also connected to how well student scored on quizzes, midterms, and final exams.

When you go to bed matters. If you go to bed at 10 p.m. or midnight, performance was found to be about the same. There was a significant drop off for those who regularly went to bed after 2 a.m. if you get the same amount. Quantity is good but, again, researchers found that quality and consistency make the effort you put into studying more effective. There is nothing worse than staying up all night to study for a test or prepare for a presentation only to “choke” when it is time to demonstrate how much you know.

Are You On Radio Silence?

Remember the days of radio discipline and communications? You may not be carrying around a radio as a student, but are you operating on radio silence as a student?  Are you just receiving? Does the person transmitting know you “copy that”?

J.O.B. Employment as an Adult Student

Returning to school as an adult student often creates unforeseen budget and time management hardships. The first semester of an academic program can be full of obstacles that have nothing to do with your intelligence or academic abilities. To balance your new academic demands and still meet your financial demands, you may find yourself in the J.O.B (Just Over Broke) hunt to get you and your family by.

Where’s My Money Man!

 

Tips To Make Sure Your GI Bill® Payment Arrives

You’ve run the paperwork gauntlet, completed all the application and enrollment steps for your first semester as a Veteran student using your GI Bill® Benefits. Congratulations! You start the semester attentive at your school desk for every class and just wait for the money to rain down…Right?