Mental Health Awareness Tips for Students Balancing School and Living Their Best Lives at Laurent

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, it’s important to carry some helpful lessons into the summer months ahead, and here at Laurent, we understand that the student experience can be overwhelming. Between academics, social life, and financial worries, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But prioritizing your mental health is essential for success and overall well-being.

Self-Care is Key:

  • Get enough sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours a night. Buy some blackout curtains for your Laurent apartment to create a sleep-conducive environment.
  • Eat nutritious meals: Don’t skip meals! Fuel your body with brain-boosting foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Stock up at the nearby grocery store and whip up healthy meals in your in-suite kitchen.
  • Exercise regularly: Physical activity is a natural mood booster. Hit the gym on-site at Laurent and take a jog on the nearby trails.
  • Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help manage stress and anxiety. Find a quiet corner in your apartment or head to the yoga studio in the building.

Strong Connections Matter:

  • Build a support network: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Connect with your roommates, join a club at the university, or chat with a friendly face in the Laurent communal lounge.
  • Stay connected with loved ones back home: Video calls, phone chats, or even sending a postcard can help combat feelings of loneliness. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you’re struggling, reach out to a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or counselor. Many resources are available at the university or online.

Create a Healthy Living Environment:

  • Organize your space: A cluttered room can lead to a cluttered mind. Dedicate some time to keeping your room tidy. Take advantage of the spacious floor plans at Laurent to create designated study and relaxation areas.
  • Let in natural light: Open the curtains and soak up some sunshine. Most Laurent apartments boast large windows that bring in plenty of natural light
  • Create a relaxing atmosphere: Add plants, candles, or pictures that promote feelings of calm.

Live in the Moment:

  • Practice mindfulness: Pay attention to the present and appreciate the little things. Take a break from your apartment and enjoy the fresh air or head to the rooftop terrace (The View) for some quiet reflection.
  • Set realistic goals: Break down large goals into smaller, achievable steps. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Use the study rooms at Laurent for focused work sessions and reward yourself with some relaxation time in the game room nice game of pool or pig pong after completing a task.
  • Learn to say no: Don’t overload yourself. It’s okay to prioritize your mental health and decline commitments when you need a break. Take advantage of the 24/7 security at Laurent to feel safe and secure while enjoying some downtime in your apartment.


Laurent cares about your well-being. Remember, you’re not alone. By incorporating these tips and taking advantage of the amenities offered at Laurent, you can thrive throughout your academic journey.