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May is mental health awareness month. Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS) has designed Mental Wellness for Students cards to promote mental health. Each card includes simple, practical tips that encourage students to engage and connect. Today’s card focuses on emotional self-care. Learn how to enhance emotional literacy, navigate emotions, increase empathy, and manage stress effectively, such as:

 • Allowing for quality time with others whose company you enjoy

 • Maintaining contact with valued others

 • Giving self-affirmations and praise

 • Allowing for feelings and expression (laugh, cry, etc.)

Take a moment and think of an activity of emotional self-care that you want to focus on and how you will engage in it. Identify when, where and how frequently you will engage in the activities. Share with someone in your social circle and ask for their support to encourage you to engage in your emotional self-care.

black image featuring test #WeSupportU Mental Wellness in the classroom and suspenders logo.

Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS) has designed Mental Wellness for Students cards to promote mental health. Each card includes simple, practical tips that encourage students to engage and connect. Today’s card focuses on social circles and how to maintain and expand healthy relationships.

What is a Social Circle?

1. Take out a piece of paper and draw a circle with your name in the middle.

2. Expand your circle with individuals that you communicate with often such as:

  • Someone you can call or be with during a hard time
  • Someone you can ask a favor from

3. Take at least 30 seconds and look at your circle to determine if you are satisfied with it. If you are, write a couple of different ways to maintain these connections and expand them further. If you aren’t satisfied, identify ways you can expand it and incorporate new people. Some examples include:

  • Reaching out to an old friend or mentor
  • Attending school-related events
  • Introducing yourself to someone new on campus or at work