Before Your Appointment

Here are some things you can do to take care of yourself before your appointment: 

While you are in the process of connecting to a therapist at CAPS or in the community, you may ask what you can do in the meantime. Here are some things you can do to try to alleviate some of the distress you may currently be experiencing (this list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions – it cannot substitute for a consultation with a medical or mental health professional):

• Stick to a routine. Get dressed, go to class, keep to the structure you normally have during your day.

 • Eat healthy food regularly. Skipping meals robs you of the energy you need to cope.

 • Talk to supportive friends or family members. Isolating yourself can make things worse.

• Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings. Note any patterns or questions you’d like to discuss in counseling.

• Get some sleep. Most people need from 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

• Do some kind of physical activity that you enjoy. This can be running, swimming, playing sports, working out. Even walks around the campus and neighborhood can help you feel better emotionally and help reduce stress.

• Avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to “self-medicate.” This includes caffeine.

Find activities that are relaxing or soothing to you. Listen to your favorite music, take hot baths, meditate, do artwork/paint, read.

 • Care for yourself spiritually.  Enjoy nature, pray, read uplifting books, speak to a trusted spiritual mentor, practice gratitude. 

• Find humor in life. Spend time with those who make you laugh. Watch a comedy or read a funny book.

Distract yourself temporarily from your difficulties – have coffee or go on a hike with a friend, watch a movie, play a game, exercise.

In addition, below is a brief list of on campus resources where you can obtain support, guidance, and assistance:

On Campus Resources:

• Academic difficulties: Academic Advising (925-631-4349)

• Career concerns: Career Center (925-631-4600)

• Financial concerns: Financial Aid (925-788-4370)

• Health issues: Health Center (925-631-4254)

• Sexual assault: Campus Assault Response and Education (CARE) (925-631-4193)

• Learning or other disability: Student Disabilities Services (925-631-4164)

• Spiritual concerns: Office of Mission and Ministry (925-631-4366)

• Victim of a crime that you’d like to report: Public Safety (925-631-4282)