Sometimes we feel hopeless because we are disappointed in ourselves, stressed about an upcoming deadline, or overwhelmed with all the things we have to do. Other times, hopelessness can occur and we aren’t sure why. We can feel hopeless when we are overwhelmed with school or work, make a mistake, or are disappointed. Certain behaviors that are associated with hopelessness are when we are don’t want to get out of bed in the morning or don’t feel like participating in activities that we used to enjoy.

Although we may feel hopeless at times, it’s important to note that the feeling will not last forever. Try one of the following ways to lift your mood:

  • Take Care of Yourself. It is important to get enough sleep and eat healthy as much as possible. Try taking a nap or eating fruits and vegetables to improve your state of mind.
  • Meditate. Perform a meditation practice or deep breathing and quiet reflection on something that makes you happy.
  • Confide in Your Support Networks: It is important to talk about your feelings. Reach out to someone you trust, like a friend, doctor, or counselor to share with them how you are feeling. They will be able to offer you help and advice to get you the support you need.

All students can call 530-752-2300 to talk to an advice nurse or make an appointment at Student Health and Counseling Services. For emergencies, dial 911 immediately.