When you are feeling calm and happy, you can probably pretty easily identify the kinds of supports you have - the good listeners, the family and friends who make you laugh, the activities that refresh you or help you connect to a deeper purpose, the school and community resources there for the asking, and your own strengths. When you're distressed, it can be difficult to remember or believe that any of these supports exist. Identify your supports now, in writing, and please turn to them when needed.
If you're feeling pretty good, take the opportunity to consider ways you can maintain your mental health. Develop a list of actions that help you feel your best. Find ways to incorporate these into your daily life. Different activities work for different people, but the following ideas might help inspire you as you develop your list:
The University of Michigan notes, "What we say to ourselves radically affects the quality of our lives, and our ability to do things effectively. You can't change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events."
They continue with advice on how you can practice more positive self-talk to help you manage stress: